About the Guild » History

The Shaw Festival’s beginnings date back to the 1960s, with a small group of volunteers and a big idea. As the Festival grew, so did the group of volunteers.

In 2011, the Shaw Librarians prepared a History of Volunteering at The Shaw, in recognition of the volunteers who have been such an integral part of the theatre over the past 50 years. Preparing the document, information was gathered from many sources, including early newspaper articles, The Shaw archives, Brian Doherty’s Not Bloody Likely, A. R. Day’s The Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1962-1981 and approximately 40 oral histories which have been collected by Nancy Butler over the past 25 years. This document, which has been adapted to focus more specifically on volunteers, has been prepared for the Shaw Guild in response to a request for a history for their record.

Shaw Guild History, 1962-2012