The City of Mississauga is asking residents to share the stories that define what life in Mississauga means to them through an initiative called, Story of M.

“Mississauga has a story to tell and the Story of M will help us connect with residents across the city,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “These stories will help fuel the exhibits and programming at the Museums of Mississauga.”

The Story of M is based on a recommendation included in the Heritage Management Strategy. The Heritage Management Strategy was approved by Council in June 2016.

Story of M will happen in three phases:

Phase 1 – Identify repetitive themes that residents highlight as being important to them

Phase 2 – Gather stories from residents based on those themes

Phase 3 – Craft Museums of Mississauga plans that include artifact collection, events, education and exhibitions based on the stories shared by residents

To identify themes and gather stories, the Museums of Mississauga will be hosting various theme/story gathering sessions throughout the city in 2017 and 2018.

During these sessions, residents will be asked to share what Mississauga means to them. According to Stuart Keeler, Manager and Chief Curator, Culture Division, there are no rules to restrict what these themes and stories could include.

“Why did you choose Mississauga and what did you pack in your suitcase for the move?” Keeler shared as possible examples. “For residents that have lived in Mississauga for a longer period of time, we’d like to learn where they were during the train derailment of 1979, if they opened and ran businesses in the community and what the city was like before the construction of the current Civic Centre in 1987.”

Confirmed sessions including dates and locations can be found on the Story of M website. Residents are encouraged to follow @SaugaMuseums on Twitter and check the website often for new information.