Unveiling of Oneida Mural at the Elgin County Heritage Centre Commemorates Historic 1840 Settlement Journey

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2024

Central Elgin, ON – Elgin County is excited to announce the successful unveiling of a mural that beautifully depicts the historic settlement journey of the Oneida Nation of the Thames in 1840. The mural was unveiled at the Elgin County Heritage Centre on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

The mural portrays the journey of Oneida women, men, and children from New York State to settlement lands along the Thames River adjacent to the Township of Southwold. This journey included crossing Lake Erie by steamer to Port Stanley and subsequent passage on foot through Elgin County along Kettle Creek to lands now known as Oneida Nation of the Thames.

Elgin County’s Museum and Archives staff collaborated closely with the Oneida Language & Cultural Centre to bring this mural to life. The project was made possible through the dedicated efforts of volunteers and artists who contributed their time and talent.

Warden Ed Ketchabaw expressed heartfelt appreciation for the significance of this event, stating, “This mural represents a story of determination and perseverance that directly binds the County of Elgin with the Oneida settlement story. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the volunteers and artists whose dedication and talent have made this mural possible.”

Elgin County is proud to have provided a platform for the Oneida community to share this incredible story. The mural not only serves as a reminder of our shared history but also strengthens the bonds between our communities.

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For additional information, please contact:

Brian Masschaele 
Director of Community and Cultural Services 

519-631-1460 ext. 138

Mural Unveiling of Oneida Nation of the Thames Settlement Journey 1840
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