Brockton announces new interactive Storymap

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BROCKTON – This is one that’s sure to entertain and inform local history enthusiasts.

Whether you save it for a rainy day, or use it to plan a driving, cycling or walking tour to make the most of the summer sunshine, it’s filled with interesting details about Brockton’s history.

Did you know Elmwood had its own telephone service in 1908, thanks to a local inventor? Or that at one time Riversdale was a contender for becoming the County Town?

Sarah Johnson, Brockton’s junior deputy clerk, said there had been a heritage tour item put together by a previous heritage committee member.

The Brockton Heritage Committee and the municipality’s new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) person, Kyle Potts, worked on updating the content and, in Johnson’s words, “brought it into the digital age” to create the interactive Brockton Heritage Storymap.

While much of the existing content was used – just put in a more accessible format – some new material has been added, including heritage photos.

“We upgraded the whole thing,” said Johnson. “It’s a great resource.”

Swipe and click through the Storymap to learn more about Brockton’s heritage, including a map of Brockton, our surrounding communities, interactive heritage tours, and designated heritage properties.

Take part in a virtual tour of Brockton, including the former Township of Greenock, Township of Brant, and Town of Walkerton using the Heritage Tours feature. If you are interested in local history, you will enjoy this interactive method of viewing Brockton’s history.

Although it was originally intended as an activity for people during the lockdown, it promises to help them explore the community in which they live in person, now that things have started opening up.

Said Johnson, “This is a great way to recognize Brockton’s heritage.”

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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