Heritage Hall (former BME Church building)

Our Goal

The Guelph BME (British Methodist Episcopal) Church has stood at 83 Essex Street since 1880. The Guelph BME was built by formerly enslaved Black individuals and their descendants who arrived in the area via the Underground Railroad.

Mission/Vision

To restore and maintain the historical British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church building as a community cultural and spiritual…

History

Blood in the Mortar – The British Methodist Episcopal Church of Guelph, Ontario: faith, family, community and continuity…

Volunteer

The Guelph Black Heritage Society is recruiting volunteers…

About GBHS

The Guelph BME (British Methodist Episcopal) Church has stood at 83 Essex Street since 1880. The Guelph BME was built by formerly enslaved Black individuals and their descendants who arrived in the area via the Underground Railroad.

The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) was formed after the BME Church was listed for sale in November 2011. The purpose of the GBHS is to preserve the historical significance of the BME Church by creating a cultural, historical and social centre within Guelph and Wellington County. The GBHS’s offer to purchase the BME Church was accepted and the sale was finalized in December 2012. The Guelph BME Church building has been renamed Heritage Hall.

Volunteers

The Guelph Black Heritage Society is recruiting volunteers.

If you have an interest, expertise or are willing to learn, we are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Communication (social media, community outreach)
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Programming
  • Rentals (opening and closing Heritage Hall after use by rental groups)
  • Operations (grounds and building maintenance)
  • Technical (audio visual equipment)

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form.