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: Vaughan Festival Choir at Expo 67, 1967

The Vaughan Festival Choir is pictured at Expo 67, the main celebration which took place in Montreal, Quebec, during Canada’s centennial year. The 1967 International and Universal Exposition (or “Expo”) was a general exhibition, Category One World’s Fair which was held from April 27 to Oct. 29, 1967. An impressive 50-million people visited Expo 67, and it is considered the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century.

Collection of the month: Burwick Women’s Institute fonds

Established in 1925 as the Woodbridge Junior Institute, the Burwick Women’s Institute is one of the numerous branches of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO), created to preserve and capture local community histories and promote female endeavours. Like other branches of the FWIO, the Burwick branch compiled Tweedsmuir Village Histories, which recorded the local history of the Woodbridge community as well as of the branch itself. The organization was engaged in several programs over the years, including social welfare, agriculture and assisting the Red Cross before it disbanded in 1996. The Burwick Women’s Institute fonds spans the years 1925-96 and consists of cashbooks, ledgers, financial documents, minute books, programmes, correspondence, historic scrapbooks and a photo album.

Bailey Chui
Archives Record Analyst

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