18 October 2016

Perth & District Historical Society October Meeting

Thursday, 20 October, 2016 will see the Perth & District Historical Society enjoy An Evening on Our Area’s Sporting History and Local Greats and the Perth & District Sports Hall of Fame

The speaker is Tim Zander, author, history teacher at PDCI and Chair of the Perth & District Sports Hall of Fame.  

On Tim’s previous visits, he presented the research by students of Perth & District Collegiate Institute into former students who died in the two world wars, and the school’s Wall of Valour (October 2009).  In November 2010, Tim informed us of the PDCI student involvement in the 2010 “Victory in Europe 65th Anniversary National Student Tour” of WWII battlefields.  

In this presentation, Tim will review the local area’s rich sporting history and the memorable events of various sports and games.  His talk will cover well-known sporting greats, such as famous NHL goalie, Billy Smith, and winning teams, such as the 1936 Perth Royals baseball team, and the Perth Blue Wings, 1938 Memorial Cup semi-finalists.  This deep history of sports has led to the Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame, and the new Rusty White Award for Sportsperson of the Year.

Tim Zander is a graduate of the University of Victoria, with a BA. (Hons.) degree in history, of Queen’s University with a BEd, and of the University of New Brunswick with a MEd.  In 2010, he received the Rotary Club Educator of the Year Award, and, in 2015, the Government of Canada History Award for Teachers. His students have received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement, for research leading to the Wall of Valour memorial at PDCI.

Over his 19 years of teaching at PDCI, Tim has made contributions on a range of history and sports subjects, and for a diverse group of publications or papers, including the recent video “The History of Perth”.  In 2014, Tim helped form the new Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, leading to the inaugural inductions in 2016.  He is currently Chair of the Hall, and, also, a member of the Society for International Hockey Research.  Tim is married and father of four.

The meeting is 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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