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Our Mission

The city of Brantford, Ontario, has prided itself on its long and industrious history. A village by the Grand River became the number one exporter of agricultural machinery in the British Empire in the late 19th century and by 1900 Canada’s third largest industrial city. Investors and entrepreneurs poured in seeking opportunities and fortunes until the demise of major manufacturers in the 1970s. Not surprisingly, the official history of Brantford told by the city and local history associations has focused on the achievements of select industrialists and creative individuals as well as the sacrifices of local men and women in the two World Wars. This popular discourse however fails to capture the diverse and complex histories of the city and its people. Powering the industrial machinery were immigrants from around the world who made Brantford one of the most multicultural cities in Canada in the early 20th century, with the largest proportion of foreign-born residents in the country.  

 

Memories of Brantford is a public cutural/heritage/educational project that started in 2019 to research, share, and celebrate the legacies of the city's diverse immigrant communities. Various partners have come together to create cutural/heritage events, including a themed exhibit, original play, musical performances, food and lectures. This website and digital archive was created to preserve and share the stories of Brantford's immigrant communities. 

 

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Support Us

Each of our projects involves numerous events and locations both Live and On-Line. While we receive tremendous support from our volunteers and organizations through donation of their time and equipment, we still have to come up with funds to pay for other necessary items.

If you find our work valuable, there are a number of ways you might consider supporting us.

  1. Buy a ticket to one of our events
  2. Bring a friend along
  3. Consider a donation for an on-line event
  4. Make a donation and recieve a tax deductible receipt
  5. Become a sponsor. You will recieve on-line, in print and verbal acknowledgement at every event

 If you would like further information about how to keep these Immigrant Memories projects going, contact us here.

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OUR SPONSORS

The Memories of Brantford Project thanks the sponsors for their generous support.