Hear, Here Arboretum
Share Your Story

For more than a year, students from History and Culture & Technology Studies at the University of Guelph worked with Professor Kim Martin to collect memories about local history in the Arboretum at Guelph and create Hear, Here, a digital archive and walking tour for visitors to the Arboretum that launched in September 2023.

If you have a story to share, we’d like to hear from you. A great Hear, Here story will mean something to you, the storyteller, and demonstrate something meaningful to the listener. Examples of stories well suited to Hear, Here include personal narratives of memorable visits to the Arboretum, an event that is unknown or forgotten, your personal involvement as a volunteer or guest, or  a story that speaks to the impact of the Arboretum on the communities of Guelph. Above all, each story must somehow relate to a particular location and come from a personal point of view. Think about why other people need to hear your story, and what the listeners can take away from it that may change the way they experience the Arboretum.

You can visit the Stories page to listen to a few examples.

While we are interested in hearing your stories from all around the arboretum, we are particularly interested in stories from:

  • The Boardwalk
  • The old seal ponds
  • The Gosling Wildlife Gardens
  • The Wisahkotewinowak Tea Garden
  • Zavitz Pines
  • J.C. Taylor Nature Centre
  • Harrison House

If you have a story to share, please submit your idea by completing this short form.

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kim Martin
Department of History
University of Guelph
email: kmarti20@uoguelph.ca

This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants. If you have questions regarding your rights and welfare as a research participant in this study (REB# #22-06-006), please contact:

Manager, Research Ethics
University of Guelph
(519) 824-4120 (ext. 56606).