13 February 2011

BIFHSGO February Meeting

Mentioning breaking attendance records is getting to be routine for BIFHSGO meetings. Saturday's attendence of 225 was another instance. Although the auditorium at Library and Archives Canada can hold quite a few more the lobby looked crowded for the pre-meeting social get together.

The forenoon talk was based on the book "Beneath my Feet: the memoirs of George Mercer Dawson" which is a posthumously written "autobiography" channeled through Phil Jenkins and based on a collection of Dawson's letters. Jenkins, kept the audience in turn and often simultaneously informed and entertained with the back story, a description of Dawson's family background, reading extracts from the book and recounting interesting asides.

The picture shows Jenkins donating a copy of his book for the BIFHSGO library to librarian Betty Warburton.

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