Category Archives: Virtual Exhibits

Exhibit 2020: Celebrating a Century

Although the museum is not open for the 2020 season, the Board of Directors decided that it did not want to miss sharing the story of Owen Sound becoming a city one hundred years ago. 

There are several ways to experience this.

Do you have a smart phone? Are you in the area? Come down to the Centre and through Augmented Reality watch short videos about our 2020 exhibit: “Celebrating a Century”.

Start on the east side of the former CN train station at 1155 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound. Locate the panel in the window with the poster: “Start here”. There you will find the instructions.  Open your internet browser and type in:  You will move to your right and go around the building stopping at each window where there is a poster. Point your phone at each of the 8 images located in the windows to hear the story of how Owen Sound became a City.  These will be accessible in this way until the end of October.

If you don’t have a smart phone or are not in the area, go to our web page Virtual Exhibit. On that page, you will find links to the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre YouTube channel and also links to the individual videos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. 

There will be a third way that you will be able to access the information and it will be in print. We will update this information when it is available.

Stories in Ink – Ken’s Story

Ken's tattoo - semi-colon

My name Ken, and I am or was the least likely guy to get a tattoo.

I was not “anti-tattoo”, in fact I was often intrigued by them, especially ones that carried a story.

Then in August 2014, I lost my son to depression, he like too many others suffered in silence, a victim not strictly of depression but of a stigma. 

In his memory I planned to get an elaborate tattoo that honoured his greatest passion, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Then I was introduced to the Semi Colon Project, a simple idea wth humble beginnings that has grown to become a symbol of suicide awareness. And a movement to end the stigma related to it

The idea is simple, it represents a point at which a story could end, but there is more to tell, the story is not over. For some it represents a point where they tuned away from suicide and decided they had more life to live, that they mattered, and for others it is a promise to lost loved ones that they too matter, and their story did not end with there time here on earth.

There was no turning back, the simplicity of the idea won me over, and six of us went to the parlour that day. Our stories are different but all of us with the same idea, to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.

For me it is personal, a reminder that my son’s story did not end on August 21, 2014. His story is not over, he still matters.

And I welcome the opportunity it provides me to share with others.

You see talking openly about suicide and metal illness fights the stigma, and a stigma has a tipping point where it is eclipsed by acceptance.  And acceptance gives people like my son opportunity to make better choices

I encourage you to look up the Semicolon Project, especially the original posting by Amy Bleuel

And for my son, for her father and so many others help us end the stigma and start conversations. 

Thank you,


Stories in Ink – We want to see YOUR stories.

We want to see YOUR stories in ink!
Submit a good quality digital image of your tattoo, and tell us the story behind it. Why you got your tattoo and what it means to you. Be sure to tell us your first name and where you’re from. These stories will be shared with visitors in a virtual exhibit on the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre’s website. 

Send your STORIES IN INK to:

Submissions when posted on the website will be in the Category Virtual Displays and sub-category “Stories in Ink” and tagged “Tattoos”.