Community Curator

The Spanish Flu in Dundas
by Mr. Bell’s Grade 5 & 6 Class at Dundas Central School


Students from Mr. Bell’s Grade 5 and 6 classes at Dundas Central School are marking the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Influenza outbreak, which killed between 30,000-50,000 Canadians. By November, 1918 at least six people in Dundas had died from the Spanish flu, including 15 year old Hazel Isabel Layden, a student at Dundas Central.

With the help of our archivist Sandra Kiemele, and volunteers Stan Nowak and Amy Poole, we have been able to uncover her life using newspaper articles, census and death records, assessment rolls, school ledgers, and family recollections. This sobering project has made history tangible for the students, allowing them to identify with this young girl and empathize with her family and friends. In the New Year they will be designing a Community Curator exhibit to share what they have learned. We invite the community to visit in January to admire the student’s hard work and pay their respects to the victims of the Spanish Influenza.



Dundas and Kaga: 50 Years of Friendship

 In 1968, Dundas and Kaga Japan, became the first twinning of eastern and western communities. It has since become the longest lasting exchange programme in the world. Started after World War II, this grass roots programme began as an exchange of letters between Dundas Mayor Leslie Couldry, Dr. Hannah Newcombe, and Kaga Mayor Higashino. Their aim was not only to allow students to experience a different culture, but also to promote cross-cultural understanding and world peace.

Since that first exchange over 40 years ago, the two communities have continued to build and strengthen their ties one student at a time. The exhibit will highlight the relationship between
the two communities and display the beautiful collection of Hina-matsuri dolls recently donated to the Museum.


Do you have a story to tell or a collection to share with the public? If so, you should consider becoming a Community Curator!

Our collections management team will bring out the curator in you! Individuals, classes, families, and organizations are all welcome to participate. We will help you present your treasures in a professional manner and publicize your exhibit, so you can invite your friends and family. The Dundas Museum & Archives is your community museum and we want you to be a part of the action!

Contact Exhibitions Coordinator Austin Strutt at 905.627.7412 or email from the contact page for more information.