History is all around us and its meaning changes and evolves with time and experience.

Some histories are well known because they tell us something about our large communities, usually those with governments, such as nation-states, provinces, and municipalities. Scholars interested in how we interact with the past, though, point out that it is often more local and personal histories that resonate with us.

The Hidden Histories project seeks to make these lesser known histories more visible, bringing them into conversation with broader historical trends, present-day issues, and our hopes for the future. At the heart of this project are Hidden History sites, and heritage plaques, submitted by people like you.

The map above shows places that represent people or events in southwestern Ontario that someone felt are important for understanding this region. Click on it to be taken to an interactive version.

You can submit a Hidden History by completing the form here. The map also includes museums and archives that help interpret southwestern Ontario’s history. You can turn on this layer of the map up in the right hand corner.

Finally, to promote the Hidden Histories of southwestern Ontario, project director Thomas Peace has been meeting with the host of CBC’s Afternoon Drive (Colin Butler and Matt Allen) each week to share some of the interesting histories found on the map. Click on each icon below to listen to a segment of this series.


Upcoming Next Week: June 18 2024 –  A Trip on the London & Port Stanley Railway c. 1956


Early Archaeology – June 11 2024


First Recorded Baseball Game – June 4 2024


Noble and Wolf v Alley – May 28 2024


McKee Treaty – May 21 2024


Guthrie House – May 14 2024


Baseball in Southwestern Ontario – May 7 2024 [Click here for Bryce’s Baseball Guide (1876)]
Tolpuddle Martyrs – April 30 2024


Ronald Fire Engine Company – April 23 2024


Early Islam – April 9 2024


Romney Drain – April 2 2024


Mammoth Cheese – March 26 2024


Cigar Industry – March 19 2024


Ontario White Sulphur and Mineral Springs – March 12 2024


Marie Prevost – March 5 2024


Fighting Island – Feb 27 2024


Same-Sex Rights – Feb 20 2024


Earl Plunkett – February 13 2024


Ingersoll’s Black Histories with Heather Rennalls – February 7 2024


Tony Small – January 30 2024


Munsee-Delaware – January 23 2024 [Click Here for Munsee-Delaware Place Name Map]
Port Talbot – January 16 2024


Wilberforce Settlement – January 9 2024


Maxwell Commune – January 2 2024


Eatons – December 19 2023


Dawn of Tomorrow – December 12 2023


Imperial Oil – December 5 2023


Edison and Disney – November 29 2023