In preparation for the 2011 UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation bid, Lambton County’s Oil Museum of Canada is undertaking a new project. The Oil Springs Social History Project will explain what the community of Oil Springs looked like when its population exploded as a result of the discovery of ‘Black Gold’. Described as a site of great national and international significance, the oil fields continue to flow today using much of the technology which made this sleepy town a bustling community in the 1850s and 60s.
This project aims to understand the relationship between the history of Hamilton’s waterworks and the greater Hamilton community. It will be based on oral interviews with past employees and will be presented to the community using digital technologies to enhance its accessibility. By focusing on themes of water safety, water pollution and water conservation the project will link the past to the present and provide an excellent opportunity for the Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology to become both more visible and active in their community.
This project will consist of searching the Times Colonist card catalogue and index to select appropriate dates in BC history, researching the historical context of these topics and writing research reports to assist the Times Colonist newspaper with commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2008.