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The Kent Historical Society, Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada

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The following is extracted from the Kent Historical Society's 1997-1998 Programme brochure.
Please be aware that plans do change, so always best to check with a member of the Executive before planning or travelling to attend an event.








The Kent Historical Society
(Established 1912)

1997 - 1998

Kent Historical Society
P.O. Box 1074
Chatham, Ontario
N7M 5L6

An invitation to join us for meetings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tueday of each month from September to June in the Ball Room at the Chatham Retirement Resort (the former Holiday Inn) on Keil Drive.

Note some changes in place and/or date of meetings

The Aims of The Kent Historical Society
To encourage research and to collect and preserve materials relating to the history of Chatham and the County of Kent.

To promote an awareness of our local history to the public.

To print some of the talks given to the society and to promote the sale of these and other local history publications.

To support and promote all local historical societies and heritage groups whenever help is needed.

Due annually in September
ADULTS      $10.00
FAMILY      $15.00
STUDENTS    $ 5.00
Phone Mary Ruding 519-351-2617

Background of The Kent Historical Society
The Kent Historical Society was formally launched in September of 1912, with Dr. T.K. Holmes as the first president. Initial meetings were held in Judge Bell’s chambers in Harrison Hall. In September of 1913, the local group played host to the 14th annual convention of the Ontario Historical Society. Soon after, the Kent Historical Society began publishing papers of local historical interest.

In recent years, the Society has produced volumes eight and nine in its valuable “Papers and Addresses” series. In 1995, the Kent Historical Society once again hosted the provincial society’s annual conference and was honoured with the Ontario Historical Society’s prestigious Scadding Award.

The Friends of the Milner House
The Friends of the Milner House is a newly-formed committee whose purpose is to promote the restoration of and continued programming at the Milner House, which is the home where the Chatham-Kent Museum used to reside. We meet the second Wednesday of the month and would welcome new members at any time. Contact Chairperson Lisa Gilbert at 519-351-2058 for more information.

Receive Kentiana Quarterly
Kentiana is the quarterly newsletter/journal of the Kent Historical Socity. It is mailed at no charge to all members. Kentiana reports on and promotes events of our own and other historical societies and heritage groups in Kent County. It also includes articles on the history of Chatham and Kent County and discusses issues related to problems of historical, archaeological and genealogical reearch and heritage preservation. Readers are invited to submit articles for publication.

The Kent Historical Society Executive
1997 - 98

President: Annie Reaume   519-351-6238
Vice-President: Peter Stanojevic
Secretary: Kathryn Schwenger

Treasurer: Mary Rudling
Programme Committee: Sally Scherer  519-351-8069 & Kathryn Schwenger
Banquet Convenors: Jim Gilbert & Shirley Gilbert
Field Trip Convenors: Bill & Jayne Park
Heritage Days Booth Convenor: Jayne Park
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Committee Rep.: Rupert Bedford
Newsletter: Andrew Cornell & Sally Scherer

The Kent Historical Society PROGRAMME 1997 - 1998

Saturday September 13, 3:30 pm - At the Second Storey Art Gallery, 201 1/2 King St. West, Chatham. Society members will enjoy a sneak preview of the new exhibit, "A Fantastic Voyage," a series of wood-cut illustrations by renowned Burlington artist Donna Ibing. The exhibit and accompanying book detail the harrowing journey of Mary and Fred Bartlett from England to Chatham in 1875.

Sat. & Sun. October 4-5, 10am - 5 pm - Heritage Days "Faire at the Forks." Don't miss this re-enactment spectacle at the Thamesgrove Conservation Area. View War of 1812 battles, purchase goods from early sutlers, enjoy period music, old-fashioned hucksters, and more. Volunteers needed to help at the Society's booth - contact Jayne Park at 519-354-4018.

Saturday November 1, 8am - 5 pm (approx.) - Mark your calendar for the ANNUAL BUS TRIP! Enjoy a full day in Detroit, Michigan, with visits to the Museum of African American History and Motown Historical Museum, as well as a lovely lunch. Ticket prices and details to be announced.

Tuesday November 18, 7:30 pm - Tom Creech of Canada Post Corporation will speak about the process involved in selecting subjects and images for Canada's stamps, including the new Judy LaMarsh stamp. He will also give some timely hints on coping with the Christmas mail season.

Tuesday January 20, 7:30 pm Location TBA - John Jordan will present an entertaining glimpse into the early years of the Ridgetown College of Agriculture (founded 1922), as seen through the eyes of its founder and first Director, Mr. Bill Reek. He will also have some early photographs, documents, and artifacts to show.

Tuesday February 17, 7:30 pm - Here's your chance to learn more about "the Baker Papers" which, if all goes well, will already have been added to the Chatham-Kent Museum collection. Tim Bisco, a teacher and ielong history buff, will enlighten us about shipbuilder William Baker and these valuable historic records.

Tuesday March 17, 7:30 pm Location TBA - Society member Marilyn Snobelen Doyle will share the wealth of information, photographs, and mementos that she has gathered about the Snobelen Family, prominent Harwich Township farmers and descendants of Anthony Snobelen of Upper Alsace.

Tuesday April 21, 7:30 pm - Don Gutteride regales us with readings from his novel Winter's Descent, a fictionalized memoir about a boy attending a small country school in the waning days of the Second World War. A graduate of S.S. No. 12 in Sarnia Township and of Chatham's own C.C.I., Gutteride will reminisce about the one-room schoolhouse experience.

Tuesday May 5, Note change in location, date, and time - ANNUAL BANQUET -- a rare treat! William Lyon Mackenzie, the feisty instigator of the Rebellion of 1837, as portrayed by the talented Canadian actor David Morris (a.k.a. "Tecumseh"), will expound on the corruption of the Government with its favouritism, overspending of tax dollars, and its lack of accountability to the people of Upper Canada. Enjoy a great meal, then re-live the Revolt. Location and price to be announced.

Tuesday June 16, 7:30 pm Note change in location - Brad Eagan of Bradonna Woodworks & Sawmill will tour members through his labour of love, the restoration of the Buxton Train Station, built in 1870 for the Canada Southern Railroad.

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