OPL Oakville Heritage Moments: Palermo United Church
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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 Palermo United Church's 150th anniversary.
- Video written and produced by the Oakville Public Library’s Digital Heritage Assistant, 2017. Narrated by Liz Moore.
Images courtesy of the Trafalgar Township Historical Society, and Glenn MacPherson. Many more local photographs of people, places and items can be enjoyed at the Trafalgar Township Historical Society’s website
Music: “Amazing Grace – Classical Whimsical,” composed by Kevin Macleod, 2011. Made available for public use through the YouTube Audio Library.
Special thanks to the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage
- The Palermo United Church, located on Dundas Street, Oakville, was founded in 1812 by Lawrence Hagar, one of Palermo’s original settlers
Initially a Methodist meeting in Hagar’s home, Palermo’s congregation grew and eventually decided it was time for a permanent home.
The building was erected in 1867 and has not changed much since with the exception of an added stage and building addition in the early 1980s
Although now surrounded by an urban community, Palermo’s foundations were largely rural and agricultural, the church having once been surrounded by farms
The original church building was also one of just a handful of buildings located within the village
The church still uses well water and the stained glass windows that have been installed over its history have never been broken
Recently, Palermo United Church celebrated its 150th anniversary of the building, with its congregational foundations over 200 years old.
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