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Local History

Canada's First Enclosed Mall

Wellington Square Wooden Nickel

55 years ago at 10:30 am on Thursday August 11th, 1960, Wellington Square opened as the first enclosed downtown mall in North America on the block bounded by Clarence, King, Wellington and York streets.

Swell Swimming (or Not)

90 years ago in late June 1925, municipal swimming pools in London began to provide free bathing suits to children without them.

Traffic Towers on Dundas Street

90 years ago on May 20th, 1925, London's first red-amber-green traffic signal system went into service. 

From Shoebox Index Cards to Scanned Images

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64 years ago on May 16, 1951, a card index of 35 drawers containing the names of 35,000 historical dates, events, people and places of Southwestern Ontario was presented to the London Public Library Board

Why Digitize?

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There’s a certain pleasure in doing research in person with paper and pencil. You feel like you are on the trail of something - going from one source to another, following the clues.

Cead Mile Failte: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!!

4 leaf clovers

180 years ago, a formal St. Patrick's Day dinner was held in London at the Mansion House Hotel