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ELEVENTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – June 2019 Edition (Download PDF)

The preservation and expansion of Joseph Brant Museum will help residents gain a deeper understanding about the origins of the City of Burlington, says former Mayor Walter Mulkewich. “Joseph Brant, in many ways, is the founder of Burlington,” adds Walter, who has joined with other past mayors in promoting the Burlington Museums Foundation 2019 Mayors’ Campaign to raise the final $500,000 in the community’s $2.5-million commitment to the project.

Please visit the Burlington Museums Foundation YouTube Channel to hear Walter Mulkewich, Rob MacIsaac and Rick Goldring offer their words of support.

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Burlington Museums Curator Kim Watson, speaking at the Burlington Museums Foundation AGM, points out new galleries that will be featured in the expanded museum facility including an area for travelling exhibits.

TENTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – May 2019 Edition (Download PDF)

Three former Burlington mayors are throwing their hats in the ring once again as the Burlington Museum Foundation (BMF) kicks off its 2019 Mayors’ Campaign to help reach the community’s $2.5-million fundraising target. Walter Mulkewich, Rob MacIsaac and Rick Goldring are joining forces with the BMF board to help spread the word that the community’s help is needed to raise the final $500,000 for a project that will enhance the waterfront and help drive economic development in the city.

Please visit the Burlington Museums Foundation YouTube Channel to hear Walter Mulkewich, Rob MacIsaac and Rick Goldring offer their words of support.

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Canadian government certificate of recognition to John Doyle

JOHN DOYLE RECOGNIZED BY GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
In April 2019, John Doyle, Chair of Burlington Museums Foundation and past Chair of Museums of Burlington received an award from Hon. Karina Gould, MP, Burlington.

“John has spent the better part of 20 years working tirelessly in his efforts to share and promote and protect, Burlington’s heritage and culture.  Now, with the opening of the new Joseph Brant Museum coming, it is time he be recognized for the extraordinary work he has done.”

Barb Teatero
Director of Museums

Burlington Museums Foundation annual AGM is held at Burlington Golf and Country Club

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Burlington Museums Foundation Annual General Meeting

Monday May 6, 2019
Breakfast: 7:30am
AGM: 8:00am-9:00am
Burlington Golf and Country Club, Bayview Room West, 422 North Shore Blvd. East, Burlington, ON L7T 3Z9

Presentation: Sneak Preview of the rejuvenated and expansion of Joseph Brant Museum

Please RSVP by May 1st to Barbara at 905-332-9888 x26 or barbara.teatero@burlington.ca 

NINTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – April 2019 Edition (Download PDF)

Rick Goldring helped bring the long-awaited Joseph Brant Museum expansion project to fruition during his eight-year term as Mayor of Burlington. Eleanor McMahon, former Tourism Minister and Liberal MPP for Burlington, was instrumental in securing the provincial funding that enabled the project to move forward as a partnership between all three levels of government and the local community.

Both Rick and Eleanor have joined the Burlington Museums Foundation Community Campaign to help raise the final $500,000 toward the community’s $2.5-million commitment for the $11.4-million project. Please visit the BMF YouTube Channel to hear Rick Goldring offer his words of support.

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Angelo Paletta

EIGHTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – February 2019 Edition (Download PDF)

The Joseph Brant Museum Burlington Builders Gallery, featuring the history of families who have made significant contributions to Burlington, appealed to the Paletta family who wanted to create a lasting testament to the generous contributions of family patriarch Pasquale (Pat) Paletta.

The spirit of philanthropy was part of the business from its beginnings, a tradition that continues today with the family’s $50,000 contribution to the Joseph Brant Museum expansion. Angelo says it’s important for the community to rally behind the museum expansion, and urges other businesses to follow his lead. “Get involved, put your money where your mouth is … show the community that you’re willing to give back, and have your story kept alive for generations to come.” Click here to watch the  Angelo Paletta YouTube video.

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Early Burlington farming families

SEVENTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – November 2018 Edition (Download PDF)
Burlington Museums Foundation Chair John Doyle has been busy reaching out to community groups throughout Burlington as the Foundation seeks to raise the final $700,000 for its commitment to the $11.4-million Joseph Brant Museum expansion. His message that the museum expansion truly is a game-changer for Burlington was highlighted in his October presentation to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 event in partnership with the Art Gallery of Burlington.

“Through the renovation and expansion that is well underway, we will create a major waterfront and cultural destination for our community and the entire region. The intent is not just to add space but to change the role and purpose of that facility.

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JOHN DOYLE SPEAKS AT THE ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON
October 2018
John Doyle, Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation, addressed attendees at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business After 5, held at the Art Gallery of Burlington on October 24, 2018.

He urged Chamber members and guests to support the Joseph Brant Museum expansion project as the fundraising campaign strives to raise the final $800,000 of the $2.5 million commitment made by Burlington Museums Foundation toward the $11.4-million expansion.

Please visit the Burlington Museums Foundation YouTube Channel to hear to watch John Doyle speak at the AGB.

The Brant House in position to be moved onto its permanent foundation
A new milestone is reached as the roof deck for the expanded museum is poured in August 2018.
Aerial photo of Joseph Brant Museum Expansion shows footprint of expansion area that will sit below the original homestead.

SIXTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – October 2018 Edition (Download PDF)
On October 5, the Brant House was rotated and is now ready to be placed on the new foundation. Located inside the Brant House, the Burlington Builders Gallery will bring to life the stories of our community builders.

Pioneer Petroleums, founded by Murray Hogarth in 1956, will be enshrined in the expanded Joseph Brant Museum as part of the family’s ongoing support of the Burlington Museums Foundation. Geoff Hogarth one of five sons of Murray and Diana Hogarth says that “The museum is a great repository for us about the legacy and story of Pioneer Petroleums, a greater Hamilton and Burlington business success story.”

As a Board member, Geoff has been involved in efforts to raise funds and friends for the Joseph Brant Museum expansion project. Please visit the BMF YouTube Channel to see the interview with Geoff Hogarth.

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FIFTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – September 2018 Edition (Download PDF)
The Joseph Brant Museum expansion project is on schedule and on budget, with everyone very excited to see this impressive new facility taking shape. And with the arrival of Fall, our fundraising campaign is shifting into high gear with an objective of completing 150 visits to community leaders as we strive to raise the final $800,000 by year’s end toward our $2.5 million contribution to the $11.4-million project.

Please welcome our calls – we are working to raise funds as well as friends for the new museum. If you can’t contribute financially, there are other ways you can help us reach out into the community to bring more people to the museum when it is unveiled in the summer of 2019.

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FOURTH EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – July 2018 Edition (Download PDF)
Our dream of a revitalized and greatly expanded Joseph Brant Museum is finally taking shape with an opening scheduled for July 2019. However, we still have to meet our commitment to raise $2.5 Million toward the $11.4 Million project. We now need community help to raise the final $800,000.

To date, much of this support has come from prominent families like Dan Lawrie, Ireland and Don and Wendy Smith of Smith’s Funeral Homes, our Community Builders who will be featured in the new Burlington Builders Gallery. In this edition, read why Don and Wendy Smith believe ‘our project is good for the community, Ontario and Canada’ and the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee insights for engaging the future generation. Please visit the BMF YouTube Channel to see the interview with Don & Wendy Smith.

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Burlington Museums Foundation annual AGM is held at Burlington Golf and Country Club

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Burlington Museums Foundation Annual General Meeting

Monday May 7, 2018
Breakfast: 7:30am
AGM: 8:00am-9:00am
Burlington Golf and Country Club, Bayview Room West, 422 North Shore Blvd. East, Burlington, ON L7T 3Z9

Guest Speakers from Burlington Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – Mark McGuire, Sille Mikkelsen-McGuire, Darcy Oberding.
Topic: “Re-imagining Joseph Brant Museum”

Please RSVP by May 1st to Barbara at 905-332-9888 x26 or barbara.teatero@burlington.ca 

Burlington Museums Foundation January 2018 Vision newsletter showing new Joseph Brant Museum groundbreaking with Burlington MP Karina Gould, MPP Eleanor McMahon, Mayor Rick Goldring and Councillors Rick Craven and Blair Lancaster

THIRD EDITION OF VISION NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – January 2018 Edition (Download PDF)
Discover more about the Burlington Museums Foundation expansion as the fundraising shifts into gear, long-awaited construction begins and read why community leader, Dan Lawrie, urges support as the ‘museum expansion will be good for business’.

Please visit the Burlington Museums Foundation YouTube Channel to hear Dan Lawrie of Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers offer his words of support.

Groundbreaking event at Joseph Brant Museum with the Burlington MP, MPP, Mayor, Councillors, Museum Director and Museum Board members holding spades.

MUSEUM CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING EVENT

Burlington, Ont. – Oct. 13, 2017 – A group of First Nations’ dancers led the celebration today as three levels of government broke ground for the construction to transform Joseph Brant Museum.

The current Joseph Brant Museum is a 1937 replica of the house Mohawk native Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, built on a 1798 Crown land grant. A modern addition to the museum will be built into the grassy area under the current museum.

The expansion by contractor Aquicon Construction, on behalf of the City of Burlington, will add more than 14,000 sq ft to its current size. This will allow the Joseph Brant Museum to become a cultural destination and a place to host national exhibitions and the collection of artifacts. Click here for the official Media Release or you can find out more by reading the CHML Global News story!

Cover of the Burlington Museums Foundation Newsletter with the Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Burlington MPP and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Burlington MP Karina Gould; and Oakville, North Burlington MP Pam Damoff and town crier David Vollick.

SECOND EDITION OF VISION 2017 NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – June 2017 Edition (Download PDF)
Read more about the Burlington Museums Foundation expansion plans and how you can help in the second edition of our quarterly newsletter.

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Click here to discover the answers to the Joseph Brant Quiz in our June 2017 Newsletter.

Burlington Museums Foundation annual AGM is held at Burlington Golf and Country Club

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Burlington Museums Foundation Annual General Meeting

Monday May 8, 2017
Breakfast: 7:30am
AGM: 8:00am-9:00am
Burlington Golf and Country Club
Bayview Room West, 422 North Shore Blvd. East, Burlington, ON L7T 3Z9

Please RSVP by May 3rd to Barbara at 905-332-9888 x26 or barbara.teatero@burlington.ca 

Cover of Burlington Museums Foundation August 2016 newsletter

FIRST EDITION OF VISION 2017 NEWSLETTER
Vision Newsletter – August 2016 Edition (Download PDF)
Read more about the Burlington Museums Foundation expansion plans and how you can help in the first edition of our quarterly newsletter.

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Burlington Museums Foundation annual AGM is held at Burlington Golf and Country Club

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Burlington Museums Foundation Annual General Meeting

Monday May 9, 2016
Breakfast: 7:30am
AGM: 8:00am-9:00am
Burlington Golf and Country Club
Bayview Room West, 422 North Shore Blvd. East, Burlington, ON L7T 3Z9
Guest Speaker: Ms. Suzanne Haines, Executive Director,
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington
Please RSVP by May 4th to Barbara at 905-332-9888 x26 or barbara.teatero@burlington.ca 

Burlington Museums Foundation board members Elaine Scrivener, Carol D’Amelio, Rick Craven, Nancy Cassady and Rob Stonehewer present a cheque for one million dollars to Colleen Mulholland President and CEO of the Burlington Foundation

$1 MILLION CHEQUE PRESENTATION
In February 2016, the Burlington Museums Foundation presented a cheque for $1 Million to the Burlington Community Foundation.

“The museum foundation received a generous bequest from Helen Ireland Caldwell in 2010 to help preserve Burlington’s heritage,”. says John Doyle, Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation. “Our board decided to transfer the fund management to BCF so our team can focus on the work necessary to preserve and support our museums. BCF’s leadership and commitment to our community inspired us to partner with them.”

“We feel privileged to manage this legacy fund and look forward to supporting the heritage of our city,” says Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO, Burlington Community Foundation. “The bequest from Mrs. Caldwell is an inspiring example of how planned giving can make a long-standing difference in our community.”