The Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Center

The deeper the roots, the stronger the branches

About

The Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre is a formational organization representing the Canadians of Northern European descent that live in Canada and Southwest Ontario. Northern Europeans are the largest ethnic group in Canada (89.5%), over 10 Million of which live in Ontario

The Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre is striving to fulfill its mission in a number of ways with programs, events and lectures offered to the general public. The Wolfhof Centre is also creating a linkage with various other Northern European organizations through affiliate memberships.

The Wolfhof Centre thrives on embracing our own ancestry and cultural heritage in a meaningful and positive way. Consistent with the Canadian tradition of multiculturalism, we recognize the value of the uniqueness contained within all the different and distinct pieces that comprise the human mosaic and hope to have the opportunity to add ours.

Our Mandate: To share, celebrate and preserve our North European ~ Canadian heritage. The Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre aims to provide an exciting range of educational activities with both an ancient & modern perspective, as well as strengthen relations with all North European countries.

This mandate will include a strong emphasis on:

Heritage Management: Celebrating our heritage, art and history including the collection, preservation and display of North European antiquities in our museum. Already the Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre has built a substantial collection of rare antiquities ranging in age from 8000 BC to 1500 AD. Our Museum of antiquities will be linked to a resource centre which will disseminate information on the history, art and culture of Northern Europe in both the ancient and modern world.

Interactive Youth Education: Emphasizing the cultivation and support of language and cultural instruction. In conjunction with heritage and public schools and the opportunities for student and youth groups to visit the countries of Northern Europe for educational experiences; support for students to participate in formal educational exchanges with those countries on the high school level, and support for students engaged in co-op work experiences in those countries.

Community Involvement: Through various interactive programming on a wide variety of North European subjects of interest to the general public such as readings, lectures and festivals of ecology, film, dance, food, music, history, heritage and art.

Our Northern European ancestors have made a place for themselves here in Canada. If history is to be considered as a continuum, we must take steps to ensure that our heritage and culture are preserved for our children and grandchildren. As the years pass we Canadians are becoming further separated from our roots. Because of this we believe it is important that a North European centre of our history and culture be built as we must retain and pass them on to future generations. Our children particularly need to have a sense of where they came from so they can develop self-esteem through understanding their heritage.

The Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre will display our large collection of ancient European antiquities, host international European touring events and dignitaries; local festivals; meetings and educational programs for all ages including language instruction, lectures, and guest speakers; a library of literature and periodicals; a genealogical research service; and a gift store of unique items.

We envision that our Museum will:

  • Be a vibrant, visible facility
  • Promote pride in our shared heritage
  • Be Pan-European while serving the entire community
  • Provide for the past, present and future
  • Serve as a gathering place for all Canadians of European ancestry

We are presently seeking funds to finance this project and several locations in Southwest Ontario are currently being considered for our permanent site. The Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre will work with qualified professionals to accommodate federal, provincial and local regulatory requirements before moving ahead to the next phase of the project.
Once complete, it is our intent that the Wolfhof European Heritage Arts Centre will be a home to all friends of Northern Europe. We envision a center for educational activities and classes, a showcase for North European history as well as culture, arts and heritage. It will be built on property purchased with funds donated us, and we are currently focused to raise money for the purchase of this site. There will be a sustained effort to raise the funds for construction.

It is clear that unless a dynamic link is generated between a population with first- and multi-generational North European roots and the younger population interested in acquiring or maintaining knowledge about North European cultures, the great contributions of our ancestors of the past will gradually be lost and forgotten forever.