In The News

June 29. 2018

Dundas Museum & Archives started showcasing local industrial history in 2017

Two big pieces of Dundas’ industrial heritage that found a new home outside the Dundas Museum & Archives in 2017 were part of the independent local institution’s new effort to better tell the Valley Town’s stories.

Museum president and board chair Russ Powers, along with general manager and curator Kevin Puddister, highlighted the addition of the 1904 punch and shear machine in June last year, and 1930 steam hammer in November — both made in Dundas by Bertram and Sons — during the Friends of the Museum’s annual general meeting on Thursday, June 28. The museum board of directors annual meeting was held earlier the same day.

“We’re telling the story of Dundas — we haven’t done a good enough job telling the story of industry in Dundas. We’re able to tell that story with these … I’ll call them public art pieces,” Powers said.

April 5. 2018

Dundas’ Christine Green creates one-of-kind garden art

Photographer Christine Green has added another artistic endeavour to her portfolio.

Green has started giving new life to discarded, once-treasured knick-knacks by crafting one-of-a-kind-glass sculptures.

The stunning creations are between two and four feet tall, and feature recycled items like bowls, Avon bottles, candy trays, vases and plates. Green glues them all together to form a tower.

 “I would recommend placing them in your garden and watching how the sun kisses the glass,” said Green. “But as with any piece of art, people should let their imagination be their guide.”

April 3, 2018

Rotary Club of Dundas hosts The Real Dirt on Farming

Three local farmers are ready to deliver the dirt on their industry.

The Rotary Club of Dundas hosts a community event entitled The Real Dirt on Farming, Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Dundas Museum and Archives.

In attendance will be Scott Graham, chair of the board of Egg Farmers of Ontario, Daniel Vanderhout from the 29-acre Beverly Greenhouses and Ben Loewith, representing the dairy industry. The Loewith family milks 460 cows at their farm in Lynden. Read more…

March 29, 2018

Dundas Student Signatures from 1950 Found in Grightmire Arena

A “time capsule” containing signatures of students attending Dundas Public School when Dundas’ Grightmire Arena was originally built 68-years ago, was accidentally discovered by crews working on the arena’s ongoing renovation. The pages had been rolled tightly, placed in a glass bottle and hidden inside a wall. The bottle itself was destroyed when workers demolished the west side wall, but the paper remained intact and was passed on from the City of Hamilton’s heritage planning department to the Dundas Museum and Archives. Museum volunteer John Winch, a retired paper preservation specialist who worked at the McMaster University library, was able to carefully unroll and flatten the pages while maintaining their condition. Read more…

January 10, 2018

Dundas locations, florists and Mohawk collaborate for Winterblooms

Event returns with floral arrangements and art in the midst of winter

Three prominent Dundas locations — Dundas Valley School of Art, Carnegie Gallery and Dundas Museum and Archives — are collaborating once again with local florists and Mohawk College’s continuing education floral design program to present Winterblooms: A Celebration of Art, Artifacts and Flowers. The four-day event, running from Jan. 25-28, will feature exhibits of original artworks and precious artifacts, accompanied by fresh floral arrangements that take their inspiration from their paired work of art. Read more…

December 28, 2017

Dundas museum visitors more than double in last three years

Visitors to the Dundas Museum and Archives more than doubled in the past three years  and jumped by approximately 25 per cent from 2016 to 2017. The Dundas community museum had an increase from 12,369 visitors in 2016 to 15,233 in 2017, as of Dec. 27. That’s a jump of 2,864 visitors — an increase more than half that of all six city-owned museums combined. Dundas museum curator and general manager Kevin Puddister said the facility has “been fortunate to see a steady rise in visitors to the museum each year since reopening in 2013.” Read more…

December 27, 2017

Dundas museum adds additional piece of Dundas’ industrial history

Another distinctive piece of Dundas’ industrial history has been added to the front yard of the Dundas Museum and Archives. Park Street West was closed to traffic between Princess and Albert streets Tuesday morning, and interested onlookers gathered at nearby corners, as the nearly 80-year-old, 20-ton steam hammer made at Dundas’ Bertram and Sons factory was craned into place near the museum’s entrance. Read more…

December 27, 2017

Dundas Museum hosts preschool puppet program:

Studio Babette Puppet Theatre entertains with ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’

Dundas Museum and Archives puts some warmth into winter for the little ones with a Preschool Puppet Playhouse. On Jan. 9, Studio Babette Puppet Theatre entertains with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Space is limited. Admission is $5 per child; adults free. The Preschool Puppet Playhouse continues every second Tuesday of the month from 10-11:45 a.m. Each session features puppet shows, puppet making workshops, music, rhymes and sing-a-longs — all with a unique Dundas connection. Read more…







November 3, 2017

Hamilton faith communities join for Canada 150 Multifaith Celebration

The Association of Dundas Churches invites residents to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by witnessing faith communities working together. The Canada 150 Multifaith Celebration tells the story of how the different faith groups have shaped and enriched Canada’s history in Hamilton over the last 150 years. Read more…

October 19, 2017

Wine and cheese with a side of mystery

Alex Sweeny (left) and Samantha Green, who play two of the characters in the Dundas Museum and Archives’ Mayhem at the Museum: The 77th Fiasco, try on their costumes. Wine and cheese will be served with a side of mystery on Oct. 26, as participants uncover a murderer lurking in the shadows. Tickets are $30 each or $25 for Friends of the Museum. Costumes are optional. Call 905-627-7412 or email to book your tickets. | Photo by Alex Sweeny

October 16, 2017

Dundas’ historic sports legacy helped build community

Historical society hosts talks on town’s baseball, hockey, soccer. Sports have left — and continue to build — a lasting legacy in Dundas, even for those who don’t directly participate. From the Dundas Real McCoys, who brought the eyes of the nation to the Valley Town when the Sr. A hockey team won the Allan Cup national championship in their home arena and also donate to charity on every game night, and the powerhouse Dundas United Soccer Club of the 1980s — who paid their own way to a national championship final in Victoria while celebrating the camaraderie and skill of the game, to the Dundas Chiefs Baseball Club and little league baseball — who helped build new baseball infrastructure that would introduce future generations to the game, Dundas’ history is filled with fascinating sports stories. Read more…

October 10, 2017

Dundas museum hosts murder mystery evening

Mayhem at the Museum: The 77th Fiasco takes place Oct. 26

Wine and cheese will be served with a side of mystery when the Dundas Museum and Archives hosts Mayhem at the Museum: The 77th Fiasco. The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 26, and participants are invited to uncover the murderer lurking in the shadows. Tickets are $30 each or $25 for Friends of the Museum. Doors open at 7 p.m. Costumes are optional. Read more…

September 20, 2017

Dundas museum presents ‘Duty & Glory’

Dundas Museum and Archives salutes the 77th Wentworth Regiment with an exhibition entitled Duty & Glory. The exhibit will explore the 77th’s influence on the community, and reveal what it would have been like to be a member of the regiment during late 19th century. Luke Stempien, the museum’s collections and exhibitions manager, said Duty & Glory will illuminate a relatively unexplored time when the local militia also served as a vital community group.“Their efforts altered (Dundas) in a profound way,” he said. “The display challenges visitors to re-examine local cityscapes they pass by daily and see how these spaces have changed.” Read more…


August 8, 2017

The Get Real! Artists Group brings show to Dundas Museum and Archives

The Get Real! Artists Group, a guild of Canadian realist painters, is bringing a passion for realism to the Dundas Museum and Archives this summer. Artists Nancy Calder, Nicole Dolson, Sandra Murphy, Alan Douglas Ray, and Margit Sampogna are academy-trained painters with a focus on portraiture, landscapes, still life, and wildlife. Read more…

July 28, 2017

Regina Haggo: Robert Reginald Whale painted an idyllic past

Early immigrants and visitors to this area were keen observers of the land. Some of their observations were far from complimentary. But when Robert Reginald Whale recorded his southern Ontario surroundings, he painted idyllic views. Read more…

June 29, 2017

Longtime Dundas photographer participates in Canada 150 ‘Double Exposure’

Exhibit runs at the Carnegie, art school and museum. Read more…

June 7, 2017

‘This is the best of the best’

Thank you to Glenhyrst Art Gallery for loaning several wonderful pieces for our upcoming feature exhibition, The Whale Dynasty: 100 Years of Painting Southern Ontario. Read more…

April 28, 2017

Dundas Community Awards Presented

Congratulations to our Board of Directors President, Russ Powers, for being named Dundas Citizen of the Year. Read more…

April 07, 2017

Regina Haggo: An artist blossoms

Alison Sawatzky is an avid gardener who loves to paint. Her two loves unite in The Glory of the Garden, a gorgeous exhibition at the Dundas Museum and Archives. Read more…

March 29, 2017

Dundas Valley Historical Society speaker traces train history

From 1875 to 1987, Hamilton-based trains served industries in the town of Dundas. They followed a railway right-of-way that ran along Dundas and Hatt Streets up to the base of the escarpment by Bond Street. Read more…

March 27, 2017

Dundas Museum cutting edge using technology in education

The Dundas Museum and Archives isn’t just on the cutting edge in using technology to develop educational programs, it appears it’s actually doing the cutting. Read more…

December 7, 2016

Dundas Photography Initiative provides free family portraits

With the support of local businesses and groups, the Dundas Photography Initiative hopes to grow the local Help-Portrait program it launched at the Dundas Museum and Archives, last weekend. Read more…

October 30, 2016

Haggo: The art of dressing up

Some people will go to great lengths to stay in style. An exhibition at the Dundas Museum and Archives, Hemlines: The Fashion (R)evolution 1900-1960, offers a look at how fashionable women — and some men — in Dundas and Hamilton weathered the ups and downs of fashion. Read more…

September 20, 2016

Dundas Museum explores 20th-century fashion through Hemlines show

Featured in Hemlines are more than 40 outfits – for both women and men – as well as numerous accessories that include purses, shoes, hats and jewelry all representing the various trends that occurred from 1900 to 1960. Read more…

July 20, 2016

Dundas Museum traces the true art of printmaking

“I wanted to show printmaking is a form of art. It was going on 500 years ago – and it’s still going on in Dundas today.” The art form represented in the exhibition involves the intricate carving, or etching, of wood or other materials to create an image.  It’s then covered in ink and “stamped” onto paper.Read more…

October 15, 2015

Dundas Museum, Dundas Business Improvement Area and others team for heritage information panels

The first six in a series of information panels detailing downtown Dundas’ colourful history have found a home along King Street. Read more…

August 07, 2015

Landscapes in the Grand manner

Parallel Destinies, a striking exhibition at the Dundas Museum and Archives, showcases Watson’s landscapes and does this in relation to those of his friend, Carl Ahrens. The exhibition, comprising 67 oils, watercolours and etchings from public and private collections, is a labour of love for Sandu Sindile, its curator. Read more…

February 16, 2015

Fun Family Day events in Hamilton (Open and closed)

Family Day Fossil Fun at the Dundas Museum and Archives is free at 139 Park St. W. in Dundas. The museum is teaming up with the Giant’s Rib Escarpment Education Network for an event that includes examining real fossils, fossil replication and fossil games. Read more…

August 16, 2014

The view from here

In the late 19th century, Henry Nesbitt McEvoy painted rocks jutting out of the water in Webster’s Falls. True to nature? Yes. But McEvoy, a traditional painter, also wanted to remind viewers of the dangers lurking within nature. If he had wanted to convey a more soothing image, he would have left the rocks out. Read more…

June 30, 2014

Mahoney: A museum runs through it

Dundas has many centuries packed under its greenbelt, carved into the laugh lines on its rock face, and circulating through the veins of its human history. Read more…