OPL Oakville Heritage Moments: 50th Anniversary of the Centennial Building
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- This video is part of a series titled 'Oakville Heritage Moments.' Produced by the Oakville Public Library, these videos aim to focus on snapshots of Oakville's history. This video focuses on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Centennial Building.
- Video written and produced by the Oakville Public Library’s Digital Heritage Assistant, 2017. Narrated by Dave Hook.
Images courtesy of the Town of Oakville Archives, Oakville Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada.
Music: “CA NA DA,” written by Bobby Gimby and composed by Ben McPeek, 1967.
Special thanks to the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program of the Department of Canadian Heritage
- The familiar complex on the corner of Lakeshore Road and Navy Street – home to the Central Branch of the Oakville Public Library, the Oakville Gallery at Centennial Square, and Centennial Pool – was originally built in 1967.
In honour of the Centennial, the Government of Canada launched a program that provided grants and funding for town & city projects
In order to decide what Oakville’s Centennial project would be, the town put together a special committee that would consider various options.
The plans were drawn up and construction of the Centennial Building, complete with a new library, art gallery, and indoor swimming pool, began in 1966.
The Central Branch of the Oakville Public Library was officially opened on 2 December 1967, with the dedication ceremony of the entire complex occurring a week later on the 9th
Ever since, Centennial Square has been an important location for the growing Oakville community.
With so many activities going on, the complex has something for everyone who visits
In reflection of Canada’s 150th birthday, it is important to remember the value of this local space as it brings the people of Oakville together to share in its vibrant and diverse community.
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