George Hamilton Day

George hamilton silhouette logoMany Municipalities have renamed the August Civic Holiday in recognition of prominent historical figures. Burlington celebrates Joseph Brant Day, Oshawa McLaughlin Day, and Toronto Simcoe Day.

In honour of our city’s founder, Hamilton celebrates `George Hamilton Day’. Each year on George Hamilton Day weekend we celebrate the contribution of a notable historical figure as voted by the citizens of Hamilton. Past notables have included George Hamilton himself, Sara Calder, Lincoln Alexander, Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw, and Thomas Baker McQuesten.

This year, Hamilton residents voted Janet Lee Famous Hamiltonian 2019, for her role in establishing the first Women’s Institute in the world, right here in Hamilton in 1897. Today, Women’s Institutes exist in more than 70 countries. The City is partnering with the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Footsteps in Time and the Art Gallery of Hamilton to present community events for all ages in celebration of Janet, George and the city he founded.

Event Listings

Celebration of 2019 Famous Hamiltonian - Janet Lee

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek

Enjoy free tours of the Erland Lee Museum, birthplace of the Women’s Institute, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

1st Annual George Hamilton History Walk

Saturday, August 3, 2019
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek

Celebrate George Hamilton Day weekend and the 2019 Famous Hamiltonian of the Year, Janet Lee.

George Hamilton Day Celebration Weekend - Free at the Lee

Saturday, August 3, 2019
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek

Join us at the Erland Lee Museum for a weekend of entertainment in celebration of the 2019 Famous Hamiltonian of the Year, Janet Lee.

George Hamilton Day Celebration Weekend - Free at the Lee

Sunday, August 4, 2019
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek

Join us at the Erland Lee Museum for a weekend of entertainment in celebration of the 2019 Famous Hamiltonian of the Year, Janet Lee.

Hamilton's Hamilton: An Illustrated Talk and Walking Tour

Monday, August 5, 2019
9:15 am to 12:00 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton

Two hundred and three years ago a retired soldier and businessman from Niagara founded a town.

Event proudly supported by:

Bruce Trail Conservancy Iroquoia Club

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