My AGH – The Story of the AGH as told by our Visitors, Members, Volunteers and Friends
An institutional history tells the story of the evolution of an organization but not the impact it has on people’s lives. As we celebrate the AGH centennial, we want to create a personal history of the Gallery that will be a valuable legacy for future generations.
We invite you to share your favourite stories, fondest memories and recollections, reflections, photographs and videos of what the AGH means to you. Perhaps it is an exhibition you viewed, a favourite work, a studio class or school visit that unlocked a new door for you, someone that you met here, a party you attended, a summer camp experience or other significant moment that is special for you.
Participating is easy. All you need to do is email your story (no more than 500 words), photos and links to videos to email@example.com or drop off a copy at the AGH Visitor Services Desk.
We ask that your contribution be original and be submitted according to the My AGH Blog Guide. Copies of the Guide are also available at the Visitor Services Desk. All entrants must agree to the terms set out in the Guide. Submissions will be reviewed by My AGH editors prior to posting.
"I remember my mother taking me to see works of art behind the Centenary Church on Main St, I think this was the beginning of our Art Gallery of Hamilton. This was my first introduction to an art gallery. It then moved to McMaster and was a delightful gallery with lots of community support. Then it moved downtown. My interest in this first exposure to art led to a fine arts degree at McMaster and subsequently my own art collection.
My lifetime membership in the gallery is something that means a great deal to me. Having been a member of the Board of Directors many years ago, I have seen the gallery grow. During that time, I had the privilege of buying art with Glenn, for Mohawk College. Most people are unaware that the Mohawk College art collection fits into the AGH collection. Also as a Board member I was on the search committee that hired two CEOs. For many years my life evolved around the gallery, as a volunteer as well as a supporter. Times have changed but never forget the history of those who struggle to make the Art Gallery what it is today... Best wishes."
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Westdale location, 1952. Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Special Collections.