If you’ve been around Burlington, Ontario for any length of time, you’re no doubt familiar with the name Joseph Brant.
Our local hospital might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Joseph Brant. Maybe you were born at Joseph Brant Hospital, or perhaps your kids were born there. You might have been there for a less-pleasant reason as well (think emergency room visits at the most inopportune times).
Of course there’s Brant street – both a road and a destination and where much of the action in downtown Burlington happens. Keep on walking past the end of Brant Street and you’ll walk out onto the newly completed Brant Street Pier.
So who is Joseph Brant anyway, and why does he have his own festival?
Joseph Brant Thayendanegea was a Mohawk military and political leader who lived from 1743-1807. You can learn more about this historical figure here.
As an original settler of the City of Burlington, his legacy is honoured and celebrated at the festival. Burlington’s hospital and The Joseph Brant Museum are built on land that he once owned. The Tyandaga neighbourhood is named after him.
The festival is the largest event of the summer put on by the Museums of Burlington. The event is also a fundraiser for the Museums of Burlington – when you take part in the silent auction, you’re supporting educational programs and helping to preserve our museums’ historic collection.
If you’re staying close to home this long weekend, or you’re not from Burlington and you’re looking for a little adventure, come experience some history and culture at LaSalle Park – the Joseph Brant Festival is a must-experience.
Here are some of the many exciting features you’ll find:
There’s limited parking available at LaSalle Park, so hop on a shuttle at Aldershot High School and enjoy the short ride to the festival. The festivities take place from 10am-5pm on Monday, August 5th.
Come celebrate an important historical figure in the life of Burlington. Not only will you have some great family fun, but I bet you’ll learn something, too!
Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com
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