History Open House
History for the Whole Community
When and How Did HOH Begin?
In the fall of 2012, I approached the Brighton Heritage Advisory Committee (BHAC) with the idea of staging a large history event in Brighton. BHAC supported the idea whole-heartedly and Dot Connolly, a member of BHAC, volunteered to co-ordinate with our informal organizing group which also included local historians Susan Brose and Florence Chatten. As a result of this relationship, HOH is held under the auspices of the BHAC.
The name for the event was established as the Brighton History Open House because it would focus on the presentation and display of local history. The date for the first event was set for February 23 and 24, in the weekend afternoons. This timing was selected because there were limited events being held in Brighton around that time and the event could fall into Ontario Heritage Week.
The event was brought together on short notice and with much seat-of-the-pants planning. However, the event was well served by the strong organizational and communication skills of Dot Connolly and plenty of interest in the community.
The first event was extremely successful with more than 1,000 people attending over the weekend. It was the buzz of the community for a long time afterward. In fact, everyone loved it so much that we HAD to make it an annual event. So here we are, planning HOH 2017!
Brighton History Open House 2013: The buzz in the room!