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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Bajic Denture Clinic as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Lumbermen, fur traders and hoteliers built Penetanguishene

Lumbermen, fur traders and hoteliers built Penetanguishene

'I really feel that the past explains the present. We have to understand the past and present to see what the future is going to be,' says a historical walk participant
Burkevale has a long history and bright future with new school funding

Burkevale has a long history and bright future with new school funding

'We can never host a home game because our space is too small. The kids are so excited to be able to play at their school,' principal Julia McLaren says about new school build
'Whiz bangs' let families know Simcoe Foresters' soldiers were alive

'Whiz bangs' let families know Simcoe Foresters' soldiers were alive

'We know a lot about what happened during the conflicts,' says Huronia Museum curator Genevieve Carter of battalion that's fought many hard-won battles since pre-Confederation founding
Waubuno shipwreck on Georgian Bay remains a mystery

Waubuno shipwreck on Georgian Bay remains a mystery

'It should have been a survivable day,' says author and historian Douglas Hunter of the 1879 sinking that saw more than 20 people perish aboard the wooden, side-wheel paddle steamer
Then and Now: When it comes to snowy weather, carpe diem!

Then and Now: When it comes to snowy weather, carpe diem!

While snowfall amounts have lessened over the years, it's always a good time to enjoy the white stuff when it arrives
THEN AND NOW: Good things grow at Midland Public Library

THEN AND NOW: Good things grow at Midland Public Library

Until 1967, library building housed a post office, customs office and steamship inspection office and licensing facility
'Most spectacular setting:' King’s Wharf Theatre turns 25 next year

'Most spectacular setting:' King’s Wharf Theatre turns 25 next year

Building now housing Penetanguishene theatre was originally built in the 19th century. After a renovation or two over the years, it is now home to some of Ontario’s favourite theatrical productions
Midland's Lakeview Cemetery has double life as popular park

Midland's Lakeview Cemetery has double life as popular park

The cemetery, established in 1888, honours 'tremendous sacrifice' of local veterans each year with white crosses for Remembrance Day
Making people happy never goes out of style for local hairdresser

Making people happy never goes out of style for local hairdresser

'I love making changes in people. I love shaping hair. People come in and you get to make them feel good,' says Vincent Castano, who had operated his salon for 50 years
Huronia Airport has evolved into soaring success

Huronia Airport has evolved into soaring success

Once a grass strip, airport in Tiny now houses flight school and is base for search and rescue missions