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Looking Back at Ontario's Historic Gardens Workshop

Parkwood National Historic Site






Historic Gardens Workshop






Over 40 garden enthusiasts participated in a day-long workshop devoted to Ontario’s Historic Gardens held at Parkwood National Historic Site on March 31, 2011. Participants introduced themselves and their gardens, described a recent success or failure, networked and participated in  small-group and plenary discussions focused on Next Steps the group might take. The Workshop and Future Steps are summarized in the attached documents. See also the Historic Gardens Project now underway.


Looking Back at Conserving the Modern Workshop


NHSAO and Parks Canada's joint workshop about Conserving the Modern, held during Ontario Heritage Week on February 23 and 24, was a great success.  Three instructors combined classroom sessions with practical case studies based on Peterborough’s mid-twentieth-century’s City Hall located across the street and a bus tour of “modern Peterborough.” The Workshop attracted seventeen participants, including two who had travelled from Gagetown, New Brunswick. 



Looking Back at NHSAO Conference 2010

The 2010 NHSAO conference, A Work in Progress, was held in early October at Willowbank, Queenston.  We thank all those folks who made the two-day event such a great success – the knowledgeable presenters, the enthusiastic registrants, and the caring hosts at Willowbank and other venues.  We learned a lot.  We networked widely.  We absorbed local heritage.  And we had fun.

We are attaching an Evaluation Report based on comments received from attendees, Site Lines articles about the conference, and are posting a few photographs that capture the spirit of the event.

Please read about other events hosted by NHSAO, including the 2008 conference at Parkwood (Oshawa), the Sacred Places Workshop at Sharon Temple (Sharon), and the 2009 conference at the Diefenbunker (Carp).



Christopher Newton
Larry Ostola Parks Canada





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Fort Mississauga soldier

Willowbank carpenter







Willowbank north facade