Visitor Services Coordinator, St. Catharines Museum
Adrian Petry serves as the Visitor Services Coordinator at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre and has been on staff since 2012. Adrian is a public historian and graduate of the undergraduate history program at Brock University, and the Public History Graduate program at Western University.
Aside from the expansive histories of canals in Ontario, Adrian’s research interests focus on urban planning and industrial development in 19th century Canada, along with the streetscapes and commercial, industrial, and residential architecture left over from that by-gone era.
Adrian’s recent research into some of the untold stories of the First and Second Welland Canals have revealed new stories about William Hamilton Merritt and the early funding of the Welland Canal, and the first major strike on the Canal’s Shipyards in the summer of 1861.