The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage in a regular feature called The Way We Were.

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Image of the month: Nashville Grain Elevator Fire, 1919

Nashville Grain Elevator Fire 1919 M009.8

Grain elevators played an important role within Nashville during the early 1900s, allowing farmers to grow grain as a cash crop. Working with grain and milling created an excess of dust, making the potential for fires a constant threat to grain elevators. This image shows the Nashville Grain Elevator (owned by the Canada Grain Company), which suffered a devastating fire on July 15th, 1919, burning the structure right to the ground.

Collection of the month: EDGELEY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE FONDS

Edgeley Women's Institute (MG 17)

The Edgeley Women’s Institute was established in 1913, as a local branch of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO), created to preserve and capture local community histories and promote female endeavours. Organized as a means for women to gather, converse, and work together, the Edgeley branch fostered a sense of community, while working towards the growth and empowerment of all women. Like many branches of the FWIO, the Edgeley branch compiled Tweedsmuir Village Histories in order to record the branch and local community histories. The Edgeley Women’s Institute fonds spans the years 1861-1993 and consists of minute books, financial statements, pamphlets, photographs and textual historic accounts.


Jill Shaw
Archival Records Analyst
City of Vaughan Archives
City Clerk’s Office



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