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In 2007, the Ontario Minister of Culture announced funding for the Premiers’ Gravesites Program. Because of its experience with the Provincial Plaque Program, the Ontario Heritage Trust was chosen to design and implement this exciting new program. It is only fitting that the Trust manage this gravesite project as an extension of its commemorative role.
The Trust will deliver the Premiers’ Gravesites Program to mark and commemorate the gravesites of
The gravesites are located throughout the province. The Trust will work with communities, cemetery boards and descendants to unveil each bronze marker. In addition to the markers, the program will commemorate each premier’s gravesite with the provincial flag, in accordance with the rules of the individual cemeteries and archaeologists.
This special commemorative program is another way that the Trust honours significant people in
Each of the Trust’s commemorative plaque programs has a specific plaque and purpose. The Provincial Plaque Program is an adjudicated program that uses distinctive blue and gold plaques to commemorate and interpret significant people, places and events in
Eighteen premiers will be commemorated through this marker program, starting in November 2008. The program will be implemented over five years in chronological order based on each premier’s term of service. The first to be commemorated will be The Honourable John Sandfield Macdonald (who served as premier from 1867-71), in St. Andrews, near
The program will be implemented over five years. The Trust will work with cemeteries or cemetery boards, communities and descendants, where possible, to determine a suitable date for each event.
Fourteen of the 18 deceased premiers have had provincial plaques unveiled to honour them. These plaques are located at sites related to a premier’s original riding and/or place of birth. Locations include: municipal parks, residences, museums, schools, county courthouses and churches.
The intent of the program is to commemorate each premier’s gravesite with a bronze marker and the
Bio: Born in St. George, Harry C. Nixon was