Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Perth & District Historical Society September Meeting

“Tay Valley Through Two Centuries” 
An Evening of Story Telling on the Original Tay Valley Townships

Our September 15, 2016, meeting of the Perth and District Historical Society will be hosted by the Tay Valley Township 200th Anniversary Committee, and provide a fascinating trip back in time to the original townships of Bathurst, North Burgess and South Sherbrooke.

Drawing on the many stories brought forward by the Township’s 200th Anniversary book, At Home in Tay Valley – including some not yet published – Susan Code, local historian and member of the Township’s 200th Committee, will be the featured speaker for this evening.  

With more than 60 contributors, At Home in Tay Valley captures the voices, stories, images, circumstances, and events that have defined the lives of those who have called Tay Valley and its original townships home.  Beginning with the Algonquin First Nation who helped those early settlers survive and adapt to a new land, the stories trace our local history to the “back-to-the-landers” of the 1970s who sought a more wholesome way of life, and the many adventures of those between.  

Bathurst, North Burgess and South Sherbrooke were amongst the first townships surveyed and settled in the establishment of the Perth Military Settlement, to accommodate the Europeans and discharged soldiers of several nationalities arriving in the spring of 1816 – and part of the larger military settlement area that included the Town of Perth, and the Townships of Beckwith and Drummond/North Elmsley.

Susan Code is a noted local author whose books explore some of the more interesting historical events of our area, such as duels, hangings and various other shenanigans.  She has also edited several local histories, including Charlotte – The Last Suffragette, numerous military books, and fiction works, including those of the Lost Villages Mystery Series by Maggie Wheeler.  Amongst her many other heritage activities, Susan conducts the popular walking tours of Perth and instructs at the Perth Campus of Algonquin College.
Please join us for a fascinating trip back to very early Tay Valley Township,
at Perth's Royal Canadian Legion, home of the Hall of Remembrance,
26 Beckwith Street E., Perth, at 7:30pm (Toonie donation).

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