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Connect with the Past

Our Local History section is filled with a variety of resources such as: local and provincial newspapers, books, maps, genealogy and ancestry, photo albums and more!

These resources can also be found DIGITALLY on our "Local History Drive". 

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Burk's Falls & District Historical Society

“Discover the past the Burk’s Falls and District Historical Society. Go back to school at the Wiseman’s Corner Schoolhouse in Ryerson Township, complete with desks, chalkboard, and an antique bell. Then, step into another era at the Watt Century Farmhouse in Armour Township, a re-creation of an early 1900s-homestead. See Burk’s Falls through the eyes of those who settled here over 125 years ago.” 

Be sure to check out the Burk’s Falls District Historical Society website to learn more!

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Quick Fun Facts
About Your Library

  • The Burk's Falls Armour & Ryerson Union Public Library first opened on January 20th, 1896!

  • We are almost 130 years old! (Turned 127 in January 2023)

  • The Library was once located in the rear of Mrs. Dan Wilson's Millinery Store            (south of the former pharmacy) and above the former Fire Hall!

  • Local authors have library cards here and visit regularly!

  • Former Reeve and MPP Stan Darling had visited the Library and donated his book: "The Darling Diaries"!

  • As of 2018, we have our entire Newspaper Clippings Collection on a digital hard drive!

Serving Burk's Falls & Everywhere in Between

Our Library is equipped with a Microfiche filled with newspaper articles of Births, Deaths and Marriages spanning multiple decades. We also have maps of the area and books with information  families that have visited or settled within the region! ​


Arranged by Regions, we have numerous maps of the surrounding areas and maps & photos of the construction of Highway 11!

Local History Flipbook

Local Aerial Maps from the year 1928!

Ancestry & Genealogy

Interested in your family’s history? Check out our Ancestry & Genealogy display and learn more about the history of you!

Photo Albums

Take a peak through the Library’s past by picking up a Photo Album! Featuring: town development, Stan Darling, library memories, etc. (In-Library Use Only)



Library Board Meetings happen once a month throughout each year. All meetings are documented and information is recorded for legal purposes. They record all topics of information covered such as the meeting agenda, financial statements, budgets and decisions for the Library. These are called "Minutes". Observe as Library meetings progress through time from 1956 to present!



Gain access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, and more. Click the button below to start your journey...

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Our Digital World

OurDigitalWorld is a non-profit organization that supports digital stewardship of community cultural heritage.

Collaborating with libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and community groups to create sustainable digital collections and bring together for discovery the extraordinary stories that define and shape our communities.

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Thank you 

Indigenous Peoples Donated by Vicky Hare
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