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These historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events are made possible through the continued support of Lougheed Funeral Homes as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Then and Now: From parking meters to Francophone rights, Sudbury truly is a city of firsts

Then and Now: From parking meters to Francophone rights, Sudbury truly is a city of firsts

Citizens can be proud of some initiatives but parking meters aren't one of them
Then & Now: That time Thomas Edison came to Sudbury and other famous visitors

Then & Now: That time Thomas Edison came to Sudbury and other famous visitors

VIP visitors include pioneering female journalist Kit Coleman, writer Ernest Hemingway, physicist Stephen Hawking and actor Ethan Hawke
Then & Now: Meet the white-bearded men in the fancy red suits

Then & Now: Meet the white-bearded men in the fancy red suits

A brief history of Sudbury’s Santa Clauses 
Then & Now: Sudbury’s historic buildings are disappearing

Then & Now: Sudbury’s historic buildings are disappearing

But it looks as though the architecturally and historically significant St-Louis-de-Gonzague school building will be saved
Then & Now: Alma and Baxter Ricard built a media empire in Sudbury

Then & Now: Alma and Baxter Ricard built a media empire in Sudbury

Not only did the local couple champion Franco-Ontarien culture and create Canada’s first bilingual radio station, but they gave tens of  millions of dollars to charity
Then & Now: Ever wondered about the people local public schools are named for?

Then & Now: Ever wondered about the people local public schools are named for?

Vicki Gilhula digs into the archives to highlight the names and contributions of eight people whose names grace the front of several Sudbury schools
Then & Now: The link between a Romanian Jew who accidentally ended up in Sudbury and the downtown flatiron building

Then & Now: The link between a Romanian Jew who accidentally ended up in Sudbury and the downtown flatiron building

Vicki Gilhula brings us the story of the Moses family
Then & Now: The odd and fascinating history of a local hidden gem

Then & Now: The odd and fascinating history of a local hidden gem

How did the Grotto that overlooks downtown, and which represents the story of the Virgin Mary’s appearance to a 14-year-girl in Lourdes, France, in 1858, happen to be built in Sudbury in 1907?
Then & Now: Canada’s oldest Chrysler dealership is right here in Sudbury

Then & Now: Canada’s oldest Chrysler dealership is right here in Sudbury

Vicki Gilhula brings us the story of Percy Gardner, chauffeur to the Bell family, who got in early on the ‘horseless carriage’ craze