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Leeds County Heritage Network

LCHN announces their first Leeds Heritage Day event as about a dozen sites will be open without charge. The public is invited to explore, interact, and experience the very interesting and unique history of each area. Sites will offer refreshments, a chance to research, and also contribute to existing archival information. The event is part of a celebration of their newly updated website and brochure.

Mallorytown Talks - The Brockville Infantry Company Citizen Soldiers and Canadian Patriotism in the 1860s

Brian Porter will tell the story of local militia units that were formed all across British North America at the time of the U.S. Civil War, due to fear of American invasion. Irish Fenians attacked at Fort Erie and the Eastern Townships of Quebec in June 1866. John A. Macdonald, Premier of Canada West and Minister of Militia, called out the local militias, including the Brockville Infantry and the Brockville Rifles. A new sense of patriotism was developing among the scattered British colonies in North America on the eve of Confederation.

Mallorytown Talks - History of Slavery Along the St. Lawrence

This presentation by Jennifer DeBruin explores the connection of this region to the history of slavery in North America. While information on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, and a brief history of slavery in Canada and the US will provide an understanding of the magnitude of this tragic institution, it most importantly gives a voice to those who were enslaved.

Mallorytown Talks -Discovering Winter Vaults (“Dead Houses”)

Join Stephen Heaton,for an intriguing look into how people dealt with a very real challenge in days gone by! Winter vaults, commonly known as "dead houses ", were used to store the bodies of those who died over the winter months. Nearly all the vaults to be discussed by Stephen Heaton are within a 60 km. radius of Mallorytown so you will all be able to go "dead house" hunting after the talk! The 1000 Islands River Heritage Society and the Mallory Coach House Committee are pleased to present this event as part of their commitment to the heritage and culture of our local communities.

Book Launch

Book Launch for “Days Gone By - Mallorytown and Front of Yonge” by David and Sandra Wells will be held on Sunday, October 21st from 1:30-4:00 pm at the Mallory Coach House, 1523 County Road 2, Mallorytown. Cost per book is $20.

Mallorytown Talks - Dam Busters - Ted Barris Returns with a New Book!

Join Ted Barris-award winning CBC broadcaster, historian, author, and journalism professor as he discusses his 19th book. Dam Busters recounts the dramatic story of the famous 1943 attack on the Ruhr River dams that powered Nazi Germany’s industrial war production. Bomber crews, including many Canadians, were on a mission that became legendary against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death. Dam Busters was released on Sept.11 of this year and two days later was on the Globe & Mail bestsellers' list! Copies of the book will be for sale at the presentation.

Louise Crummy McKinney's 150th Birthday Presentation

Athens and Area Heritage Society Presents: Speaker Marlene Thomson – Louise Crummy McKinney, Celebrating Her 150th Birthday. Member of the “Famous Five”, born near Lake Eloida and a graduate of ADHS. First Woman voted into the Legislature in the Dominion and helped in securing women’s right to vote. Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 pm at the Joshua Bates Centre

Leeds & Thousand Islands Historical Society Presentation

Leeds and Thousand Islands Historical Society Presentation The LTI Historical Society invites you to attend a presentation,“The Golden Age of Tourism 1870-1900”. Guest Speaker: Kathleen Burtch Tuesday September 18 at 7:30pm (Please note the change of date) Fire Station 1, 1233 Prince St, Lansdowne, ON Second Floor accessible by elevator Light refreshments to follow. All are welcome to attend.

Changing Times 1945 -1965

The annual EAHS summer display will be ‘Changing Times: 1945-1965: August 18, 19 and 25, 26 from 10.00am to 3.00pm each days. Which recollections from 1945 might resonate with you: listening in on a party line of the South Crosby Rural Telephone Company, cutting ice for your home refrigeration needs, attending a one/two room elementary school, enjoying a barn dance, growing up on a small farm? However, by 1965, these activities, largely, belonged in the past.

Building of the Thousands Island Bridge: Special 80th Anniversary Presentation

August 18th will mark exactly 80 years since the opening of the bridge. It was an extraordinary achievement to have taken place in the context of the Great Depression and remains extraordinary even by today’s standards. At the time, it was one of the largest construction projects in North America and it took the cooperation of our two countries at every level to make it happen. Its presence marked the opening of a vital motor vehicle route north and south but also the demise of several local ferry services.