Newcastle Community Hall

2024 Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m.
Historical Room, Newcastle Community Hall

  • Find out what we’ve been doing for the past year
  • Elect 2024-2025 Board of Directors
  • Participate in our fun and informative Show and Tell
  • Enjoy a light lunch afterwards

The meeting portion will be short and then it will be on to the fun of sharing our interesting items of historical interest. Found some mysterious items when cleaning out the basement at Great-uncle Dave’s? Or something amazing you found at a garage sale last summer? Bring it in and share at our very own Newcastle mini “Antiques Roadshow”

Free light lunch.

Hope you can join us! (Please let us know if you’ll be joining us for lunch too, so we can plan appropriate food quantities)

Antique bottles

Vintage Vessels: Exploring the World of Antique Bottle Collecting

NVDHS General Meeting

Join us for a talk on antique bottle collecting!

Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Newcastle Community Hall, main hall

Cost: free, everyone welcome

Carl Parsons, founder of the Four Seasons Bottle Collectors Club, will introduce bottles and collecting. George Miller, a Newcastle resident, will discuss dairy bottles and Newcastle Dairy. Glen Moorhouse will talk about patent medicine bottles and Newcastle’s connection with Canada’s largest company, Northrop and Lyman. Bottles and related memorabilia will be on display.

Refreshments will be served after the talk.

Jane Eccles dress paintings - Olive Wilmot and Anna Massey

Join us for Family Day, February 19

Local artist, Jane Eccles, has painted many historical dresses in her career, including two dresses from notable Newcastle women, Olive Wilmot and Anna Vincent Massey, who were part of Newcastle’s “elite” at one time.

These two paintings have been donated to our Society by the artist and will be on display during History Month (February) along with their dresses which are part of our permanent collection.

In order for everyone to be able to see these dresses and their mirror images, we will be open on Family Day, Monday, February 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, so bring the family over to take a look. There will be special activities for kids. (up-coming history buffs!).

While you are here, take a look at what else we house in our Historical Room located at Newcastle’s “four corners” in the big red-brick Community Hall.

Santa Parade - Newcastle, Ontario November 19, 2023

2023 Newcastle Santa Parade

From behind-the-scenes preparation through to the jolly old elf himself, relive the 2023 parade in our slideshow and find yourself, your friends or your family enjoying the festivities on November 19, 2023!

Thanks to photographers Brian Jose, Willie Woo and Noemia Gomez.

Christmas Cookies

NVHDS Christmas Open House

It’s a busy season for everyone, but we hope you’ll find the time to join us for some treats and holiday cheer. And of course, don’t forget about our end-of-year donation match campaign.

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Come meet the directors and your fellow members and enjoy lots of Christmas treats, mulled cider, special children’s Christmas craft and Christmas music. We’ll be open from 9:30 to noon and look forward to seeing you all!

Please note that we will be closed Dec. 19, reopening on January 2.

Double your impact

Double your impact – donate now!

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, donations made before January 1, 2024 up to a total of $2000, will be matched. Join us in raising $4000 by January 1, 2024 to provide support for our digitization project.

Help us promote and preserve Newcastle history by making it more easily accessible and available to the community and beyond, through our digitization project. With the help of summer students and our volunteers, we’ve been busy cataloguing and documenting our collection – and we still have lots to do. We’re very excited to have recently started a trial of our new cataloguing system and hope to have an online display very soon to show you what it can do, and what your donations have helped achieve.

We’re looking forward to the New Year with hope and enthusiasm – and would be thrilled if you would join in the effort to help fund our activities, including a summer student for 2024. All donations made before the end of day December 31, up to a total of $2000 will be matched. Help us raise $4000 for 2024!

How to donate

You can donate in a number of ways:

All donations are tax-deductible and you will be issued an official receipt.

Thank you!

Donate now
John McFeeters artifacts

Saving history

November 15, 2023
NVDHS General Meeting

Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.

Historical Room, Newcastle Community Hall
20 King Avenue West, Newcastle

Free, open to the public

Guest speaker John McFeeters is an avid detectorist and finder of historic artifacts. He will talk about his fascinating hobby and show us the various treasures he has located in our area.

John is a retired elementary school Principal and former science teacher, an avid outdoorsman and amateur naturalist, a birder, and a skilled artist and carver. He has done metal detecting on many public and private properties over the years, including abandoned homesteads, schools and churches. Locally, this includes Ebor House; the site of the Samuel Wilmot homestead and Fish Hatchery; and the original Massey foundry site. 

Samuel Wilmot Nature Area News (2020)

Free admission – light refreshments. All welcome! Contact us if you have any questions.

Evva Massey, John Massey and Myno Van Dyke

Community Hall 100th Celebration photo gallery

The July 29, 2023 celebration in pictures – from set up to musical performances. Spot yourself/your friends/your neighbours!

Thank you to photographers Brian Jose and Willie Woo!