Three History Making Films to be Shown at Town Hall January 27th at 3:00 by Craigleith Heritage Depot and Mountain Goat Films

Learn about our Indigenous history, Apple Industry and the Ski Insutry

December 12, 2017

FILM PREMIERE – Saturday January 27, 2018, Town of the Blue Mountains Town Hall


The Craigleith Heritage Depot has produced three short films to capture the local history in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Each film gives a quick visual tour covering Indigenous History, The Apple Industry and The Ski Industry. Locally based Mountain Goat Film Company collaborated with us to produce these films, which feature the museum artifact collection along with interviews from community members near and far. The entire project was funded by individual donations which were overseen by the Craigleith Heritage Depot Museum Advisory Committee, assisted by the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation.

The Indigenous History film takes us back to the very beginnings of the first peoples who came to this land. The natural resources of the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay made this an obvious choice, then and now, for people to be attracted to the area. Ties are still strong today between this homeland and indigenous descendants across North America. 

The Apple Industry features one of our agricultural success stories, beginning with the first orchards established in the nineteenth century to the dynamic and modern industry today. We are in Ontario’s largest apple growing regions and you will discover it is not just the soil that makes it successful, but the dynamic entrepreneurs as well.

The Ski Industry film shares the story of the development of a key recreational activity on the Escarpment and how it has grown and continues to grow today. Jozo Weider’s vision to create this significant ski area has become a reality. It has provided a place for Olympic skiers to develop, world class training facilities for people of all abilities, and inspiration for new technology such as the pioneering of the snowboarding sport by local legend Wee Willie Winkels.   

At the Town Hall in Thornbury, on January 27th, all three films will be presented by the film makers and the staff of the Craigleith Heritage Depot.  A question and answer will follow.  Local organizations and partners will be on hand to share their insights into our dynamic natural and cultural history.
The doors open at 2:30 pm and the films start at 3:00 pm. Refreshments will also be available. 

Come out and enjoy a visual journey through time.

 News Release contact: The Blue Mountains Public Library           phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 3


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