Episode 1 – The Story of the Bell Memorial

In our Series premiere, Natalie recounts the creation of the Bell Memorial lead by W. F. Cockshutt, sculptor Samuel Allward, and wounded Soldier Cyril Kinsella

Brant History Happy Hour – The Story of the Bell Memorial

Join us for the premier of our new program and hear about the story of the Bell Memorial. Please share or consider having a watch party with some friends.#Brantford #MuseumsConnectON #Museums #BrantHistoryHappyHour

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Episode 2 – The Forgotten Feud of the Ford

In this week’s episode, we discover why there are two memorials in Brantford to indicate the position of where Joseph Brant is believed to have forded the Grand River.

Brant History Happy Hour – The Forgotten Feud of the Ford

Are you ready for the next episode of Brant History Happy Hour? Join the Premier tomorrow (June 10th) at 7 PM for The Forgotten Feud of the Ford!

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Episode 3 – Indigenous History Month

To celebrate Indigenous History Month in June, we highlight some well known Indigenous celebrities interactions with other famous Brantfordians. Find out what happens when George Henry Martin Johnson visits the Bell Homestead!

Episode 3 – Indigenous History Month

Join us for Episode 3 of Brant History Happy Hour, where we will tell a series of stories as we recognize June as National Indigenous History Month! #museums #BrantHistoryHappyHour #BrantHistoricalSociety #Brantford #BtfdON

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Episode 4 – The Life & Times of William Cochrane

The tables have turned! This week Nathan tells the story of William Cochrane who was born in Scotland, went to School in America, and started preaching at Zion Presbyterian Church in Brantford. He then goes on to play a crucial role for the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Episode 4 – The Life & Times of William Cochrane

Join us Wednesday, June 24th at 7PM for our premiere of Brant History Happy Hour. In episode 4, the tables have turn and Nathan becomes storyteller and Natalie hosts for the Life & Times of William Cochrane. The story starts in Paisley, Scotland and takes us all over North America!#MuseumConnectON #Brantford #BrantHistoryHappyHour #museums #storytelling

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Episode 5 – Talk of the Town

For Canada Day, we celebrate some of the important political figures in Brantford. E. B. Wood, Arthur Sturgis Hardy, Emily Stowe, and Brantford’s own populist William Mathews!

Episode 5 – Talk of the Town

Join us this week for a political themed episode of #BrantHistoryHappyHour as we tackle some tales of local, provincial, and federal politicians in Brantford! #museums #BtfdOn #Brantford #BrantHistoricalSociety #ONPoli #CdnPoli

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Episode 6 – Black History in Brantford

There were many early Black Brantfordians who arrived with Joseph Brant. Join us the week for the Pre-confederation extradition of Black slave John Anderson accused of murdering Seneca Digges in Missouri. Will a habeas corpus be granted?

Episode 6 – Black History in Brantford

We have had a lot of inquiries about Black History in Brantford and spent quite a bit of time going through the archives to find stories of many Black Brantfordians in early Brantford. The second half of our episode features the John Anderson case, where John Anderson escapes from his slave owner and eventually he is arrested in Brantford for feloniously killing Seneca Digges. Will he get extradited to the United States where slavery was still legal? Or will he win and stay in Canada where slavery had been abolished? Tune in tonight at 7 PM for the answer to this crazy tale!#blackhistory #Brantford #BrantHistoryHappyHour #ONMuseumsConnect #museums

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Episode 7 – Down the Hatch

For the season final of Brant History Happy Hour, we had to include stories about drinking. In 1907 Brantford was reported as a most profane and drunken city in Canada. Local merchants like Norman Hamilton produced whiskey in Paris and The Canadian Wine King, J. S. Hamilton, who owned Pelee Island Wine headquartered in Brantford.

Episode 7 – Down the Hatch

Join us for our SEASON FINALE of #BrantHistoryHappyHour as we take you through a tour of Brantford's wine and beer industries, plus a little bit more! #museums #BftdON

Posted by Brant Historical on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Episode 8 – Blooper Reel

Thanks for joining us over the summer for Brant History Happy Hour. Join us for behind the scenes shots to see how the show has been made. You have to fail before you can succeed and some of our failures were down right funny.

Episode 8 – Blooper Reel

Want to see how we made some of our #BrantHistoryHappyHour videos? Sometime it takes some failure before you succeed. Join us for our behind the scene video today (July 17th) at 4PM. A funny and entertaining way to kick off your weekend.#Brantford #museums #ONMuseumsConnect

Posted by Brant Historical on Friday, July 17, 2020