One Hour in the Past E404 – Restaurants and Taverns


Have you ever noticed that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions? As in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!

This podcast series starts with that premise! Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator and Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator, both from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, have challenged each other to explore the weird and wonderful places that one hour of research on a topic will take them. Join them as they share their findings!

This season on One Hour in the Past, we are cooking up some food fun! Each episode this season takes down the research rabbit stew of food and food related topics! We will also be joined by some special guests from other museums around the Niagara region.

On this episode, we welcome Christine Girardi, Assistant Curator from the Niagara Falls History Museum to join us for a discussion on the history of taverns and restaurants.


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1 – The Welland Canal Company Charter

2 – Adrian’s favourite scene from Muppet Treasure Island, featuring the Admiral Benbow Inn

3 – The Nutshell, Britain’s smallest pub.

4 – The Michelin Star system.

5 – Christine’s research book: The Restaurant by William Sitwell.

6 – Pompeii at the ROM

7 – Sushi Conveyor Belt

8 – Hawkins Cheezies.

9 – McCain’s Super Fries Commercial

10 – “The Games People Played” by Julia Roberts: The Games People Played: Tavern Amusements and Co… – Ontario History – Érudit (

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