Adrian Petry is the Public Programmer at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre where he shares the history of the City of St. Catharines with residents and visitors to encourage connections between the public and the heritage in their community.
As an award winning natural and cultural heritage interpreter, Adrian has been described as a "creative and passionate historian and interpreter." Adrian spent the past seven years as a Natural Heritage Education interpreter with Ontario Parks. Adrian joined the team at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre in June of 2012.
Adrian has committed himself to sharing history with others by connecting the past with the experiences and emotions of people in the present. The interests that are closest to his heart are the study of the industrial, urban and social histories of the Rideau and Welland Canals, 1840-1910.
Adrian is a graduate of the history program at Brock University and the graduate public history program at Western University.
"Creating an Exciting Future"
A young and hopeful upper-middle class ship builder is standing, looking out over the locks of the Second Welland Canal in the early 1880s. He is excited about the economic opportunities the Second Welland Canal has created, and that the new Third Welland Canal will continue. Growing up in Grantham, he never imagined owning a shipbuilding company. But the recent boom in industry in nearby Merritton is fuelling successful business enterprises like his own. These new industries, fostering employment and settlement in the community, are changing the physical and social urban landscape and creating an exciting future for the people who live and work here. He knows he is a part of this rising, truly urban centre.