We are preparing to welcome visitors back with a gradual reopening.  On August 10, 2020 members are welcome to reserve a time to explore again.  Then on August 24, 2020 the general public may also reserve to explore Bruce County history once again. 

Beginning on August 10, 2020

Monday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Archives & Research Room
Beginning on August 10, 2020

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

General Admission

Individual $8.00 + HST
Children $4.00 + HST
Student $6.00 + HST
Senior $6.00 + HST
Archives $6.00 + HST

Membership & Passes

Enjoy the many benefits of Membership. Not only will you receive FREE admission for a whole year, but so much more!

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre​

33 Victoria Street North (in the town of Saugeen Shores)
Southampton, ON Canada N0H 2L0
Toll Free: 1-866-318-8889 | Phone: 519-797-2080 | Fax 519-797-2191

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John H. Scougall Captures Life in Kincardine 

Home | Artefacts | John H. Scougall Captures Life in Kincardine 

Through photography, John Harnage Scougall captured life in Kincardine area between 1874 and 1922.  The Bruce County Archives is home to over 1,500 of his glass plate negatives featuring life at the harbour and on the lake, homes, local industries and businesses, street scenes, weddings, circuses and parades, sports, and the people of the town.  His photographs earned awards at the Western Fair in London, Ontario and Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition.  Upon the death of this man, a friend commented in the local paper, “He never did a shabby thing in his life.”  When one views his photographs, the truth of this statement is obvious.  

Scougall was born in Ilfacrombe, Devonshire and came to Kincardine in 1874 when he was in his early 20s. He married Charlotte Butler in 1886 and raised four children. Kincardine was his home for 40 years.  He began work  as town clerk for a short time, leaving the position to work as a banker with J.W. Rapley & Co. Later, around 1895, he was again appointed clerk of the town of Kincardine and remained in that position until his death in 1922. He filled this position in a manner that gained for him the reputation of being one of the best municipal officers in Ontario.  

He was a public-spirited citizen and took an active interest in the activities of the town life: secretary-treasurer for the Board of Education, president of the Curling Club, member of the Kincardine Country Club.  In his younger years, he was a great cricket player and later an avid bowler, curler and golfer. He was also an amateur photographer with a professional’s eye.  

In 1992, over 1,500 of Scougall’s original glass plate negatives were donated to the Bruce County Archives.  A professional conservator cleaned several hundreds of these negatives.  Archives staff and volunteers have worked to scan and describe the images in a database enabling researchers to view digital copies in the Research Room.  Many may also be viewed from home in Online Collections, with more being added monthly.  Also included in the BCM&CC Collection are his awards for photography and his camera.  

A number of Scougall’s photographs feature ships in Kincardine Harbour.  The above images features “Pittsburg” which was originally known as “Manitoba” when it was built in 1871, then “Carmona” from 1888 to 1900.  It was rebuilt in Owen Sound in 1900 and named “Pittsburg” at that time.  It was destroyed by fire in 1903 at Sandwich, Ontario. (Source: Bowling Green State University’s Historical Collections of the Great Lakes:  https://greatlakes.bgsu.edu/item/437709, accessed November 14, 201

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