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City of Windsor seeks Prohibition-era photos, artifacts and artefacts for museum display


Do you have relics, artifacts or photos from the Prohibition era in your collection? The City of Windsor wants to hear from you.

The Windsor Museum and Mayor Drew Dilkens have issued a public call for important historical artifacts related to Hiram Walker, Walker Legacy, The Canadian Club, Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. and everything related to the local history of rum.

“If people have items that they don’t know what to do with, where to donate, or even whether or not there is value in the stories these artifacts have to tell, I would ask them to come forward as part of this public call. The Windsor Museum and Archives is the perfect place where these pieces of history will not only be safe, but celebrated. It’s a chance for everyone to help write Windsor history together,” said Dilkens.

Windsor Museum is planning a temporary exhibit titled “Windsor’s Prohibition History” for summer 2024.

Residents are encouraged to search basements, attics, storage areas and family heirlooms for memorabilia related to:

  • Windsor’s Prohibition Era (1920s–1930s)
  • Hiram Walker
  • Walker family
  • Canadian club
  • Distillery Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. / JP Wiser Distillery
  • Local breweries and distilleries
  • Equipment used in the production of alcohol
  • Running rum
  • Local gangsters (e.g. The Purple Gang)

Meanwhile, the city is days away from a two-day festival celebrating Hiram Walker’s 206th birthday.

The celebration includes the unveiling of the bronze memorial statue of Walker, the unveiling of the new and permanent Coach House exhibit chronicling the history of the Walker family and their legacy in Walkerville, a memorial gathering at Edward’s graves and Mary Walker, the Walkerville Art Walk and a Roaring 20s fundraising dinner at Willistead Manor.

For those who find artifacts to share, contact Museum Windsor at 519-253-1812 by phone or [email protected] by email for a donation appointment. The loan of articles is also accepted. In the case of a loan, Windsor Museum staff will take residents’ information about the objects and contact them closer to the exhibition date.