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Local Historic Sites

COMMITTEE VACANCY - May 2022

Do you have an interest in researching and sharing the story of London's heritage? The London Public Library Board has a vacancy on its volunteer Historic Sites Committee and is inviting applications from the community.

The Historic Sites Committee researches historic buildings, places and people of local significance, and shares this research with the community through on-site commemorative plaques, research archives held in the Ivey Family London Room at Central Library and through the Library's website (see below).

Committee membership involves attending five Committee meetings each year (currently scheduled from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on a Wednesday at Central Library/ or hybrid), supporting the Committee at plaquing events, and being involved in researching and learning more about the people, places and stories from London's past.  We request a minimum two year commitment to reflect the lengthy research and plaque installation planning timelines.

Applications are welcome from all interested candidates. We encourage applications that will ensure that this Committee represents the diversity of the population that we serve.

Interested candidates are asked to apply by sending a resume and brief expression of interest (including applicable experience and interest in the committee) by May 22, 2022 to the Chair, London Public Library Board
c/o
diana.bumstead@lpl.ca

For more information, call 519-661-5145 (Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm) or email diana.bumstead@lpl.ca

 
 
About the Historic Sites Committee

The Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board identifies and marks historic buildings, places, and people of local significance.

Since 1970, the Historic Sites Committee has erected plaques commemorating buildings and sites of historical and architectural merit in London. The purpose of the plaques is to inform Londoners and visitors about the city's history, to interest Londoners in the preservation and appreciation of their heritage and to maintain an easily accessible archive of research materials in the Ivey Family London Room at London Public Library's Central Library. The plaques erected by the Historic Sites Committee are for information purposes only and do not indicate heritage designation.

Members of the Historic Sites Committee are volunteers who have an expertise or interest in local history and are appointed by the London Public Library Board. Funding for the work of the Historic Sites Committee is raised through grants, community contributions and donations.

The Historic Sites Committee welcomes suggestions for plaques from members of the community and provides their Historic Sites Committee Guidelines as a helpful starting point.

For additional information, please contact Arthur McClelland at the Central Library, 519-661-4600 or email to Historic.Sites@lpl.ca

Local Historic Sites Marked by the Committee

Here you will find short histories of the London sites marked by the Historic Sites Committee since 1970. As of 2018, the Historic Sites Committee had recognized 74 London sites with a plaque.

Where buildings have been subsequently demolished, the plaques have been re-mounted in the Ivey Family London Room at the Central Library. As well, a few plaques are missing from their sites, and the Committee is working to replace them.

These brief histories are based on speeches given at plaque unveilings, and on research materials collected about each historic site. These materials are available in the Ivey Family London Room -- an excellent place to discover sources for the study of local history.

There are also many other London sites that have been marked by various designated heritage bodies. Sites listed here are limited to those recognized by the Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board.

Walking Guide to Historic Sites in London

In 2006, the Historic Sites Committee published their Walking Guide to Historic Sites in London. This guide provides brief histories of the 49 sites marked by the Committee from 1970 through 2000. Print copies of the Walking Guide to Historic Sites in London are available to borrow from London Public Library and to purchase from the Library Store while supplies last.

The first draft of the Walking Guide was compiled by Eric P. Sheppard while a student in the Public History Master of Arts Program, Department of History, Western University. We acknowledge his hard work, and thank his supervisors, Professors Benjamin Forster and Jan Trimble, and his editorial assistant, David Larlee. The staffs of the Western University Archives, and of the Ivey Family London Room, assisted with research and historical photographs. Rob Turner of the D.B. Weldon Library, Western University, designed the map. Netta Brandon, Glen Curnoe, Vince Gray, Elizabeth Hill, Anita McCallum, Catherine B. McEwen, Bill McGrath, and Elizabeth Russell likewise gave invaluable assistance.

The final manuscript was edited by members of the Historic Sites Committee. This has been a collaborative effort and the Committee welcomes notice of any errors. The Walking Guide was designed by Betty Lueddeke, the Library’s graphic artist. Funding for this project was provided by Landmarks London - Heritage and Museum Network. Publication of the Guide fits with the mission of Landmarks London to establish the City of London as a well-known and highly valued destination for cultural and heritage tourism.

Since the original manuscript was prepared, the Committee has erected additional plaques. The histories of those sites are included within this online version.

Historic Sites Committee Plaques