Some of Heritage Professionals' Clients
Heritage Professionals takes special care to understand the unique needs of our clients in order to design custom solutions that exceed their expectations.
We assisted United Bakers with the launch of their 100th anniversary celebration held in May 2012. Some of the work that we performed involved recording and editing video interviews of staff and clients to use on their web site and support for a physical exhibition that is currently on display in the restaurant showcasing historic photos of the family and business. See the corporate blog for details.
The Toronto French School celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. Our company set up an archives for TFS, purchased an archival database for them and completed the cataloguing work.
Image of United Bakers, ca. 1921. Ontario Jewish Archives.
We also helped support many of their anniversary initiatives. These consisted of an oral history project using HD video, the production of physical displays as well as specialized digitization products including a slideshow and virtual timeline. For more details see the Heritage Professionals blog.
University of Guelph
We worked on a major initiative for the University of Guelph Archives in 2013 involving the arrangement, processing, preservation and description of a major collection comprised of records in all media.
The slideshow below captures a selection of images documenting some of our staff and projects
Oxford Properties Group
We tackled an exciting initiative involving the processing, arrangement, description and digitization of historic materials created by the Yorkdale Mall. These items served as content for Yorkdale Mall's 50th anniversary. The Oxford Group is one of the principal owners of the Mall. For more details about this project please see our blog.
Swansea Historical Society
Heritage Professionals completed a review of the SHS holdings and subsequently provided them with recommendations about how to effectively manage their archive and implement a new digitization and outreach program using Trillium funding that they received.
In 2014 we set up an archives for the Toronto Golf Club and completed a strategic plan to assist with the creation of a dedicated space to accommodate the repository. We also completed a major digitization project in 2015 and are currently working on additional initiatives to expand the Club's heritage offerings, in particular a virtual history site and physical display.
We completed a needs assessment review initiative for ERA Architects in December 2015. ERA is an award winning Toronto architectural firm that specializes in heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, urban an rural planning, and landscape and urban design.
The Foundation was established in 1949 and is located in downtown Toronto. It's main mandate is to support and empower Canadian youth. Heritage Professionals completed a needs assessment review for the Laidlaw Foundation in 2015. We recently processed and preserved their archival holdings which were donated to the Archives of Ontario in 2017.
Butterfield & Robinson
We conducted an archival needs assessment for B & R to help them develop an archive, displays and other products for their 50th anniversary in 2016. We also set up a major in-house archive for the company in order to preserve their rich holdings.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Heritage Professionals was asked to assist Pier 21 with a new interactive exhibition that they developed in 2016 called Where to Live. We produced the historical text, selected photographs and developed captions for one component of the display.
Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks
In 2016, Heritage Professionals assisted THMP with several heritage initiatives such as: an educational workshop for high school students, an oral history of founder Sidney Freedman, as well as a tribute video produced for a special gala honouring Mr. Freedman held in late November. We are currently working on a special initiative to document the new building at Pardes Shalom and produce outreach products to promote the cemetery.
Jewish Family & Child Services of Toronto
JF & CS will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018. We were hired to provide support conducting research on the history of this important organization and producing historical texts and visual content for some of their anniversary offerings. We developed a virtual timeline product that was launched in the fall of 2017. A major physical exhibition will be developed and rolled out at the Anniversary Gala scheduled for May of 2018.
Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum
Beth Tzedec Congregation's Museum launched a major display on September 6th, 2017 entitled "From Latkes to Laffas: Jewish Toronto's Favourite Eateries, 1900-2017". The display examines the history of Jewish restaurants in Toronto using archival photographs, documents and artefacts. Heritage Professionals provided the following type of support: conducting research into the theme, producing the interpretive brief and strategy, identifying visual images that could be used as content, and developing the eight main text panels with visuals. The display will remain up until the end of March 2018.
Oxford County Archives
Heritage Professionals undertook a space assessment review for the Oxford County Archives which was completed in May, 2017. A special presentation was subsequently delivered to the County Council in August, 2017.
McMaster University Health Sciences Archives
We completed a needs assessment review for McMaster University's Health Sciences Archives in December, 2017. The Archives was established in 1974 and is situated on the lower level of the Health Sciences Library.
Defining Moments Canada!
The firm is currently working on a national initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, 1918-1920. We will be responsible for assisting the coordinators of the project by completing the following type of tasks: conducting a national review of secondary and primary sources, producing the main text for the virtual display and site, and assisting with partnership development and fundraising. The DMC site was launched in April, 2018 and targets heritage organizations and schools across Canada.
We recently completed a travelling exhibition that recounts the story of the Canadian Spanish flu pandemic. It consists of an introductory panel along with six additional panels that capture diverse and compelling stories from across the country. These 45 x 78 inch retractable panels will be displayed within many different heritage institutions across the country -- including Library and Archives Canada, the Archives of Ontario and the Nova Scotia Museum -- from September 2018 until 2020. For more details consult the DMC website.
Mississaugua Golf and Country Club
Heritage Professionals is currently engaged in a digitization initiative with the MGCC. This has entailed imaging some of the earliest records produced by the Club from the turn of the twentieth century until the 1930s. Some of the materials will also be preserved according to archival standards.
DMC display mounted in the LAC foyer, 2018.