Virtual Exhibit 2020

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre is pleased to share a part of the planned exhibit for 2020: 1920 — Owen Sound: Celebrating a Century.  Although the museum is closed for the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre wishes to honour the visionaries who saw a bright future for the little city on Georgian Bay. 

Although Owen Sound officially became a City on June 1, 1920, the official celebrations were moved to July 1. In 1920, news of Owen Sound becoming a city was reported in newspapers outside the Grey-Bruce area. The Ottawa Citizen carried a brief article on July 2 entitled “Owen Sound Celebrates”. It was also referred to as “the baby city” in the Montreal Gazette in the article: Owen Sound, the Baby City has a Very Long History,” Montreal Gazette, July 12, 1920, p. 9.


Richard Thomas of Richard Thomas Communications has created for the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre, a series of eight short videos that tell the story of Owen Sound becoming a City in 1920.

1920 — Owen Sound: Celebrating a Century

You may watch the videos on the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre Channel on YouTube for the series or access them individually from the links below.

  1. Humble Beginnings
  2. The Railway
  3. The “Good Roads” to Independence
  4. A City is Born
  5. Bishop Delivers
  6. What’s in a Name?
  7. Open for Business
  8. The Next 100

Celebrating a Century Exhibit is proudly sponsored by All Things T