September 19, 2017

Past Programs

 

Last Year’s Programming       2014

 

FEBRUARY MEETING 2014

WILLOWDALE: YESTERDAYS FARMS: TODAYS LEGACY

SCOTT KENNEDY – AUTHOR

Soctt will explore Willowdale referring to his book of the same title above to be released in November 2013. For some, a nostalgic look at an area of northern Toronto (now) that grew up along Yonge Street, for others, an enlightening evening of historical background of Willowdale of yester year.

Scott’s book will be on hand for purchase and he will be pleased to autograph them for members and guests.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

Everyone welcome.

March 17th, 2014           7:30 pm

“Driving the Devil into the Lake: Religion in the Upper Canadian Backwoods, 1790-1820″.

Dr. Scott McLaren  BA, MLS, PhD of York University 

Dr. Scott Mclaren will enlighten and describe the early development of religions in Upper Canada. For further information about Dr. S. McLaren and his interests and focus of research, http://www.yorku.ca/scottm/

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

 

MARCH 2014 MEETING

The War of 1812

“1814, The Final Year of the War of 1812“

Dinah Cruse-Hunter and Greg Hunter

Our own members, Greg Hunter and Dinah Cruse-Hunter will be presenting the final segment of their 3 part annual series (2012 – 2014) explaining the ongoing historical and political events that linked the battles, the allies and the determination of the two sides in this all important war for Canada. They will be introducing us to the significant events that happened in the third and final year. There will be an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and Greg and Dinah will be in re-enactment regalia fitting to the period and topic. We have enjoyed having the history laid out year by year and now look forward to the culmination of the War of 1812, that will help us to understand how important this part of our Canadian history helped to shape our country. Please join us for an inciteful presentation.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

 

MAY 2014 MEETING

A GORTA MOR: AN EXAMINATION OF THE IRISH POTATO FAMINE                              Speaker: Bryan McClure

This talk will delve into the realities of the Potato Famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1851 and attempt to clarify popular conceptions on the Potato Famine. Brian will examine agricultural practices, land holding and industrialization in Ireland to discover if the Famine was man-made or a natural phenomenon. In addition to this he will examine the cultural and social impact of the Famine not only in Ireland and Great Britain, but in North America as well and see where our modern ideas about the Famine came from.

Brian brings very interesting facts to light – how the Irish Potato Famine was impacted by British and Irish government, how Ireland was perceived at that time, the social impact on other countries and how agricultural planning was altered for the future by the Famine. Mark this on your calendar and join us for a very interesting evening…. 

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 Meeting

” The Prisoner’s Boxes of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion ”

By

Darryl Withrow

 

Bible verses and psalm phrases. Poems and odes to fellow rebels and inmates who died, were meticulously etched onto trinket-sized wood boxes by men being held prisoner in the Toronto Jail following the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion.

Join Darryl Withrow, a woodwright at the Pickering Museum and a Toronto-based teacher, at The Richmond Hill Historical Society for an evening of revelation about little known facts around the Rebellion of 1837 prisoner’s boxes. Small wooden boxes that were made by men who were held prisoners after the Rebellion of 1837 in Toronto. Darryl will be exhibiting some of the boxes he has re-created and will show with great enthusiasm the 3 original boxes he discovered and now owns. This is indeed an extraordinary side story to an otherwise stormy part of our province, then Upper Canada, eventually becoming part of Canada.

Monday September 15, 2014

7:30 pm

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, Wallace Hall

10066 Yonge Street

Richmond Hill

Everyone Welcome – Fellowship and refreshments follow For more information call 905-884-2789 or visit www.rhhs.ca

OCTOBER 2014 MEETING 

Speaker: Matthew Sommerville    Town of Richmond Hill  Heritage Coordinator   Program to be announced.

 

NOVEMBER 2014 MEETING                                                                       7:30 P.M.

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, Wallace Hall

10066 Yonge Street

Richmond Hill

THE RICHMOND HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENTS

TED BARRIS

AUTHOR & BROADCASTER

Ted Barris returns to the RHHS talking about “The Great Escape: A Canadian Story” his latest book. Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. During a gala ceremony in Toronto, on June 2, the annual Libris Awards were presented. Ted Barris’s book, “The Great Escape: A Canadian Story,” received the 2014 Libris Best Non-Fiction Book

Award, sharing the honour with Chris Hadfield for his book “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.” In presenting the award, host Terry Fallis explained the criteria: “The award for non-fiction book of the year goes to a Canadian work of non-fiction published in 2013 that made a lasting impression on the Canadian book selling industry, through wide media attention, increased traffic to bookstores and strong sales.” Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and National Post, Barris has authored 16 non-fiction books and is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He has also written a weekly newspaper column- The Barris Beat – for more than 20 years.

Everyone Welcome – Fellowship and refreshments follow. For more information call 905-884-2789

DECEMBER 2014 MEETING

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY DINNER PARTY

DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 AT 6:30 P.M.

 MEMBERS ONLY  – Join us for our annual Christmas & Holiday Dinner Party. We begin one hour earlier than our normal meeting time, 6:30 p.m. Once again we will be enjoying a lovely catered holiday meal. We will enjoy some games, prizes and entertainment to complete the evening. Tickets will be available to purchase at the November meeting @ $25.00 per person. Tickets can also be purchased through Linda Clark-Secretary. 905-508-8956

 

 

 

 

January Meeting 2012

8:00 p.m.

Annual General Meeting & Bring and Brag

Starting off the New Year with our Annual General Meeting. Reports will be presented and reviewed from 2011 on the different aspects of the year’s events and outcomes. Members have the opportunity to nominate new Executive Members if they wish and to vote  in the new executive committee for the next year. Members are asked to contact the current President or Secretary with nominations prior to the meeting so that the nominations will be presented for voting. Guests are welcome to be involved in the annual process of forming the Executive Committee that is responsible for all of the committees and subcommittees that run our Society. Members must have current membership paid for the year of 2012 to vote. Please see membership details on Home Page. It is also the one time of the year where everyone is given the opportunity to bring in a beloved keepsake, heirloom or a mystery item! So Bring out those interesting objects & Brag about them!!

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for the members and guests. Everyone welcome.

 

March 2012 Meeting

“Heritage Trees – Preserving Our Natural Roots”

Monday March 19th, 2012- 7:30p.m. 

Presented by: Edith George – Advisor to the Ontario Urban Forest Council.

A lone person can champion the protection of heritage trees and be successful. This is Edith’s personal legacy. Edith has taken her light-and-sound show on the road, sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with all who are interested.

April 2012 Meeting

“Push On” – Some York Families in the War of 1812″

Monday April 16th, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by: John Dale Warburton UE

John Warburton will present his side of things in the War of 1812, focusing on two heroes of York Region, bringing more local history of the war. Another part of the War of 1812.

May 2012 Meeting

“A Better Place” Death & Burial in the 19th Century

Monday May 21st 2012 – 7:30p.m.

Presented by: Susan Smart – York Region Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society

This talk will describe origins of funeral customs. In nineteenth Ontario and explain how they evolved through the century. Wakes, hearses, flowers and food, clothing, coffins and epitaphs will all be described.

 

June 2012 Meeting

June 18th 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. arrival time

Please join us for our annual Strawberry Social where we can relax and enjoy some good old fashioned strawberries, cake and ice cream. This year we will be joining in with the celebration of Queen elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Kevin Dark and Norman McMullen will present “Devoted to Your Service” : Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Along with their presentation they will be sharing significant royal commemoratives, letters and other items of interest from the six decades of Elizabeth II ‘s reign from their personal collection. A wonderful evening for everyone to enjoy!

Please Note: MEMBERS ONLY

  • this will conclude the spring session, no meetings for July & August and then we resume our meetings in September, 2012.

 

September 2012 Meeting

Date and Time : September 17, 2012 7:30 p.m.

Matthew Somerville

Heritage and Urban Design Planner, Town of Richmond Hill

Matthew Somerville is the Heritage Planner with the Town of Richmond Hill since 2011. Prior to working with the Town, in Toronto, Matthew was engaged as an urban planner with the well-respected architecture and planning from, ERA Architects. Matthew has been actively involved with the development of a number of heritage and urban renewal projects including the creation of a new Heritage Conservation District for the Town of Port Perry, northeast of Toronto. Having been raised on a family farm, Matthew has a deep appreciation for and an interest in the connection between urban and rural communities. As such, he is excited to be working with the Town of Richmond Hill as it continues to explore and develop opportunities to connect residents with its cultural heritage within a shifting social landscape. Matthew will speak about Richmond Hill’s rural past and the opportunity to connect a new generation of residents to this history, through the vector of food.

 

October 2012 Meeting

Date and Time: October 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. 

Brian Moore, Director of the Curtain Club

“The Curtain Club – 59 Years and Counting: A Journey”

Brian was born in Britain and was very much involved in theatre. In Canada, he met his wife through another theatre company which in turn brought Brian to the Curtain Club. Forty-three years later still finds him directing his 39th play. Brian will speak about the formation of the Curtain Club Company Theatre and how they got their present location and building and their development into the company they have become. Outside the theatre, he is an active member of the Richmond Hill Horticultural Society and the Richmond Hill United Church, and a proud grandfather.

 

November 2012 Meeting

Date and Time: November 19th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Ted Barris – Journalist, Author, and Broadcaster

“Breaking the Silence: Veteran’s Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan”

Following Ted’s “Vimy Ridge” talk at the Richmond Hill Historical Society last fall, Ted Barris has been invited for a return visit to speak about his most recent book, “”Breaking the Silence: Veteran’s Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan”. Audiences continue to show great interest in Barris’s research into the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD” and in particular its effects on Canadians returning from operations in Afghanistan. Ted will offer stories from his work in this sensitive area.

“Among other revelations in Breaking the Silence, veterans of the Great War reflect on an extraordinary first Armistice in 1918; decorated Second World War fighter pilots talk about their thirst for blood in the sky; Canadian POWs explain how they survived Chinese attempts to brainwash them during the Korean War; and soldiers with the Afghanistan mission talk about the horrors of the “friendly fire” incident near Kandahar. Breaking the Silence is a ground-breaking book that goes to the heart of veterans’ war-time experiences.”

Copies of his bestselling book will be available for purchase and autograph.

 

January –  September  2013  Past Month Programs

  • FEBRUARY 2013 MEETING

                    February 18th, 2013         7:30 pm

                           

Stoney Creek

The War of 1812

“1813, The Second Year of the War of 1812“

Dinah Cruse-Hunter and Greg Hunter

Our own members, Greg Hunter and Dinah Cruse-Hunter will be presenting the second part of their 3 part annual series (2012 – 2014) explaining the ongoing historical and political events that linked the battles, the allies and the determination of the two sides in this all important war for Canada. They will be introducing us to the significant events continuing into the second year of the war. There will be an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and Greg and Dinah will be in re-enactment regalia fitting to the period and topic. Having the war broken down year by year will help us to understand how important this part of our Canadian history helped to shape our country.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

 

  • MARCH 2013 MEETING

 

March 18th, 2013           7:30 pm

“Driving the Devil into the Lake: Religion in the Upper Canadian Backwoods, 1790-1820″.

Dr. Scott McLaren  BA, MLS, PhD of York University 

Dr. Scott Mclaren will enlighten and describe the early development of religions in Upper Canada. For further information about Dr. S. McLaren and his interests and focus of research, http://www.yorku.ca/scottm/

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

  • APRIL 2013 MEETING

 

April 15th, 2013  7:30 pm    

The History of the Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club

RON CHARLES

Ron Charles, President presents the “Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club” beginning in 1918, formed by some prominent residents of the Village of Richmond Hill. On the 10th of December 1918, the Club purchased some property from William and Amy Graham and it was transformed into the bowling green. Today, the Club still resides at that same location, which is situated near the heart of the Town behind the Elgin Barrow Arena. Come and learn who was there at the beginning and how club members have enjoyed this recreational and social outdoor activity for nearly 100 years. For further information – www.rhlawnbowling.com

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

May 20th, 2013   7:30pm             

“Getting Started in Geneology”    

        Ruth M. Burkholder RMB Genealogical Services

Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists

A discussion on how to start using the known bits and pieces of family information to learn more about the history and makeup of your family through the use of official records and the Internet. Included will be suggestions for recording your findings in a way that others will want to read about your family.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

  • SEPTEMBER 2013 MEETING

 

“Searching for the Stongs – Finding the Fishers”

September 16th, 2013    7:30 pm

Presented by Wendy Rowney, Supervisor of Historic Programs, at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Wendy will describe the beginnings of the family union of the Stong/Fisher families that settled the lands at Jane & Steeles Avenue in 1816 that became the hamlet of Edgely. The Stong and Fisher families walked the long journey from Pennsylvania as Empire Loyalists in the late 1700’s. Learn how they settled the land, raised their eight children and became successful farmers just north of the city of Toronto in the early 1800‘s.

Please visit BCPV at www.black.ca/ for any further information.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

                                                                                                   Everyone welcome.

 

OCTOBER 2013 MEETING

 

October 21st, 2013   7:30 pm

“In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven Painters-From Killarney to Kitsilano”

Jim and Sue Waddington

(Jim is a retired physics professor from McMaster University and his wife Sue is an artist – a traditional rug hooker. Her rug hooking designs have won awards in the Burlington Art Centre and from the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild).

Sue and Jim have been on a quest to locate the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. They particularly like to search for sites that can only be reached by canoe and on foot. The talk will compare photographs of some of the 300 painting sites they have found with the corresponding artwork. They will discuss how they find the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved. Come, meet this dynamic duo who are so passionate about their quest.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests .                                      Everyone welcome.

 

 

  • NOVEMBER 2013 MEETING

November 18th, 2013  7:30 pm

 

“BRITONS, STRIKE HOME’

ALEXANDER CRAIG

Alex Craig recently reached the golden age of 65  and has had a successful business career in the Automotive and Industrial Lubrication Industries.  He has  been a contributing member of the Royal Marines Historical Society since 1982.  Alexander has  written  and has  published a number of articles relating to the activities of the Royal Marines in North America. He has been a member of the Royal Marines Association since 1985. Alexander  served in the Royal Marines Reserve in the late 1960’s.  He is  the assistant curator at the Princess of Wales  Own Regimental Museum where he  was presented to HRH Princess Diana in 1991. He presently works  with the Regimental Museum of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in Belleville.

Alex will be speaking about the amphibious warfare during the War of 1812. He delivered this presentation to the Canadian Nautical Research Society in May of 2012.  It was published in “The Sheet Anchor”, which is the journal of the Royal Marines Historical Society.

Some of this program is covered in his book, “Rockets, Bombs and Bayonets” –  A  Concise History of the Royal Marines and other British and Canadian Forces in Defence of Canada 1812-1815. His book is meant to give a different perspective of the war. That is, from the perspective of the British military and Naval forces who, besides fighting within the borders of Upper & Lower Canada, also carried the war to the American’s on their own soil.

Alex Craig will be bringing appropriate hand outs and will be pleased to offer a discounted price on his book “Rockets, Bombs and Bayonets” ($29.95 CDN/US) of $25.00 and autograph your copy. (Now available on essencebookstore.com).

We are pleased to be able to offer another perspective on the War of 1812 during the ongoing celebrations of the 200th Anniversary Commemorations. Please join us for a very interesting and informative evening.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests.

Everyone welcome.

 

 

 

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