November 20, 2017

Upcoming Events

 

2017 MEETINGS

PLEASE NOTE: In the absence of a winter newsletter, the following list of general monthly meetings is a guide only, noting dates, times and speakers where confirmed. Details will be added to each month’s meeting post below this list, with title and content of each month. Meetings are held the third Monday of the following months: January, February, March, April, May & June, no meetings are held in July or August, continuing in September, October and November. December’s meeting is held on December 11th and is a ticketed Members Only event. If you have any questions, please email Andrea Kulesh @ r.hillhistsoc@hotmail.ca

* The newsletter will resume in the spring.

 

Speakers for General Meetings in 2017

February 20th, 2017       7:30 p.m. 

Speaker: Paul Lynott – History of Radio Broadcasting in Canada

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March 20th , 2017      7:30 p.m.     DESCRIPTION ADDED BELOW LIST

Speaker: George Duncan – On his book, “Historic Unionville”, a village in the city

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 April 17th , 2017    7:30 p.m. 

Speaker: Kelly Mathews – On her book, “Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township”

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 May 15th , 2017       7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Garry Livio Toffoli, 

“QUEEN VICTORIA – THE QUEEN OF CONFEDERATION”

See below for details.

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 June 19th , 2017      6:30 p.m.* earlier start time  

Strawberry Social – Members Only Event 

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

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 September 18th, 2017 7:30 p.m. 

Speaker:   Reverend Duncan Jeffrey 

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

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 October 16th , 2017 7:30 p.m. 

Speaker: To be announced- will update when finalized

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 November 20th, 2017 

Speaker: Kevin Barrett  

Talking about his personal collection of World War I and World War II items

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 December 11th , 2017     6:30 p.m. * earlier start time

Holiday Dinner and Party   –   Members Only

Entertainment to be announced – Ticketed Event

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NOVEMBER 2017 MEETING

MONDAY NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017  @  7:30 p.m.

Memorabilia of World War I and World War II

Speaker – Kevin Barrett

Kevin returns to the Society bringing more of his collection to talk about. Kevin has a large military collection that he can select from for different programs. This year, while the world commemorates WWI – one hundred years later, Kevin will be showing various items and interpreting their meaning and how they were used with his vast knowledge and interest in all things military. Kevin is a proud son of a Korean War veteran and has spoken to the Society before about his father’s experiences in that war. November is a month of Remembrance for those who served, died for their country and supported those who went off to war. The Richmond Hill Historical Society is proud to present subjects pertaining to our brave military heritage in this time of Remembrance.    

All are welcome to attend. Bring a friend or two! Guest Fee $5.00

Yearly memberships are available – $40.00 for Family & $25.00 Single

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

OCTOBER 2017 MEETING

MONDAY OCTOBER 16TH, 2017

“Barberiana-The History of Barbering & Shaving”.

Speaker: Randy Barber

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Randy Barber returns to the Society after entertaining us in the past with a program about Winston Churchill with anecdotes and quotes, and a very interesting evening talking about Trench Art with selected examples from his large collection and now he comes to show us examples from his Barberiana Collection!!! Randy collects vintage items to do with “Barbering and Shaving”. An ancient issue, solved with a myriad of tools, lotions, and accoutrements….He will be bringing items to illustrate his knowledge of this personal grooming subject, lately highlighted with the “modern” new styles of beards and mustaches. Even Queen Victoria was enchanted with her husband’s delicate “moustaches” enough to want all British military men to copy his handsomely groomed facial hair!!! Join us for an enlightening evening!

All are welcome to attend. Bring a friend or two! Guest Fee $5.00

Yearly memberships are available – $40.00 for Family & $25.00 Single

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017 MEETING

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017                           7:30 P.M.

 

Early Years of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

“William Jenkins-Pioneer Minister in Richmond Hill”

Speaker: Reverend Duncan Jeffrey 

The Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2017 – Canada’s 150th birthday. Duncan Jeffrey will be talking about William Jenkins: Pioneer Minister in Richmond Hill 1817-1843. Reverend Jenkins was the first permanent Reverend for the church.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society awarded the Church

A Certificate of Recognition -The Bert Hunt Heritage Award

For 

200 Years of Continual Contributions to

Cultural Heritage

1817  –  2017

at a ceremony in June, recognizing their contribution to the development of the village-town for the past 200 years. 

Please join us to hear about details of a man who helped to develop the village of Richmond Hill all that time ago.

All are welcome to attend. September is free for Guests attending.

Yearly memberships are available.

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

 

MAY 2017 MEETING

MONDAY MAY 15TH, 2017                            7:30 P.M.

“QUEEN VICTORIA – THE QUEEN OF CONFEDERATION”

"Queen Victoria: The Mother of Confederation" ~ a talk at the Richmond Hill Historical Society

SPEAKER: GARRY L. TOFFOLI

Garry Livio Toffoli, a Canadian historian, author and monarchist will speak about the “Queen Victoria: The Mother of Confederation”. He will discuss her institutional and personal role in the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.

All are welcome to attend.

Guest fee is $5.  Yearly memberships are available. 

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

MARCH 2017 MEETING

Monday March 20th , 2017      7:30 p.m. 

“Historic Unionville”, a village in the cityAuthor and Speaker: George Duncan

George Duncan is an architectural historian interested in the documentation of Ontario’s heritage buildings, local history and cultural landscapes. Over the past 28 years or so he has authored several books and numerous articles on local history, early buildings and issues around heritage conservation. His best-known work in print is York County Mouldings from Historic Interiors, originally published by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in 2001, with a second edition published by Lee Valley Tools Ltd.

George Duncan’s most recent publication is Historic Unionville – A Village in the City, published by Dundurn Press in September, 2015. The book is a guided tour of 200 years of history and architecture in the picturesque village of Unionville in the city of Markham. He will be bringing copies for sale and will be pleased to autograph them individually. 

All are invited to attend.  Guest fee: $5.  Memberships are available.

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

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FEBRUARY 2017 MEETING

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017          7:30 P.M.

Canadian Radio, Eh? ~ a talk at the Historical Society

Richmond Hill Historical Society member, Paul Lynott, will tell the story of the history of radio.  Some of the major advances in radio have a Canadian connection.

Paul has been passionate about radio since he was five years old. He is a past member and contributor to Ontario Radio DX Club for medium and shortwave radio.

All are invited to attend.  Guest fee: $5.  Memberships are available.

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

 

JANUARY 2017 MEETING

JANUARY 16th, 2017             7:30 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 2016 on the different aspects of the year’s events and outcomes. Members have the opportunity to nominate new Executive Members if they wish and vote in the new executive committee for the coming year. Members are asked to contact the current President or Secretary with nominations prior to the meeting so that the nominees will be presented for voting. Members must have current membership paid for the year of 2017 to vote. Please see membership details on this website’s 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! We all love to see everyone else’s treasures!  So Bring out those interesting objects & have some fun Bragging about them!!

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

Guest Entrance Fee $5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2016

 

ANNUAL MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

CHRISTMAS DINNER AND PARTY 

DECEMBER 12TH, 2016                6:30 p.m. 

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Come and join us for a good old fashioned Christmas Dinner and Party. A delicious dinner will be catered by “3 Sisters Catering Company” with all the trimmings and dessert. Door prizes, a raffle, entertainment and carolling to complete the evening. Lots of fun for the festive holiday season.

$25.00 per person

Tickets available at the November Meeting.  If you are unable to purchase your ticket at the November Meeting, please call Andrea Kulesh at 905-884-2789 to make a reservation to be paid at the door on December 12th, 2016. (reservations must be made through Andrea Kulesh by December 7th, 2016 to ensure the caterers have numbers for the dinner).    

    **   This Event Begins 1 hour earlier than monthly meetings !!

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2016 MEETING

Monday November 21, 2016                  7:30 p.m.

Trench Art from Wars Gone By

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Speaker : Randy Barber

Randy returns to speak to us (after a very  entertaining talk about Winston Churchill) to present a talk about Trench art . Trench art is defined as any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It offers an insight not only to their feelings and emotions about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them.

 

 OCTOBER 2016 MEETING

October 17th, 2016                                            7:30 p.m.

“Sharon Temple”

Speaker : Megan Houton

Megan Houton is the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator at the Sharon Temple. She will be talking about the history of the Children of Peace, a breakaway group of Quakers who settled in Upper Canada after the end of the American Revolution. Formed in 1812, they are best known as the builders of the Sharon Temple. They were instrumental in the start of the first homeless shelter in Upper Canada, the Farmer’s Storehouse, the first credit union, and the first civilian band. Their leader, David Willson was active in reform politics and instrumental in the election of LaFontaine, one of the father’s of responsible government.

Please join us for the evening and learn all about this famous Federal Historical site not too far away from Richmond Hill.

Guest Entrance Fee $5.00 per person

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

SEPTEMBER 2016 MEETING

September 19th, 2016                7:30 p.m.

The Search for Richard III: England’s Lost King

Speakers: Sheilah O’Connor & Christine Hurlburt

In 2012 the world’s attention was suddenly focused on a small city in the middle of England. After years of research, hard work and fundraising, an archaeological dig was about to begin. The man in charge of the dig was looking for an abbey. The woman paying the bills was looking for a king. Hear members of the Richard III Society explain who Richard III was and why a woman risked being called a crackpot in her quest to find the remains of this controversial monarch.

Guest Entrance Fee $5.00 per person

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

May 2016 Meeting

Monday May 16th, 2016                                7:30 p.m.

Feeding of the 500,000 : King Edward VII’s Coronation Dinner

for the Poor”

Presented by Norman McMullen and Kevin Dark

Please join us to learn about the Coronation Dinner for the Poor given by King Edward VII. Another fascinating story in the long history of the British Royal Family. Using items from their wonderful collection -The McMullen/Dark Collection of Royal Commemoratives, they will talk about a subject not that well known to many adding another dimension to the Royal Family.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served, providing a time of fellowship for

the members and guests. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THE NEWSLETTER PROGRAM LIST WAS IN ERROR WITH THE FEBRUARY AND APRIL MEETINGS REVERSED. Winston Church, the Renaissance Man is the confirmed February Meeting. The Toronto Post Card Club will be the subject of the April 18th Meeting. The description of the May Meeting is incorrect and the subject and description will be posted this month. Sorry for any inconvenience.

MARCH 2016 MEETING

MONDAY MARCH 21ST, 2016                        7:30 P.M.

“Pioneer Footprints in York County:  Pennsylvania German Families who arrived in York County in the early 1800s.”

SPEAKER :  RUTH BURKHOLDER

For the past 30 years, Ruth has worked as an historian and genealogist.  She lectures, teaches, and works professionally as a researcher of local and family histories.
In Ruth’s words, “This presentation is about a book that I was honoured to create, and how it came about and what it covers. I was asked by a committee of the York County Chapter of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society to expand the information for the families of the early settlers who are named on the Memorial Plaque at Markham City Hall, and I eagerly accepted the challenge, not knowing what lay ahead. The first challenge was determining which families who settled in York County were of Pennsylvania German heritage, because there were many more of them than the 69 names on the plaque that had been erected at Markham City Hall!  We have ended up with 85 family names, and even more families, as there were often more than one of the same surname.  The scope of this project was to name the immigrant ancestor, with his years of birth and death, tell where he came from in Pennsylvania and when and where he settled in York county.  Of course the family was important, so add to this his wife, when they married, her dates and birth location, as well as the names, dates, wives with dates and the number of offspring for each of the immigrant’s children, and you can see why this book became about 125 pages in size. Do note that this is not a definitive work.  There are bound to be errors and omissions. Hopefully whole families have not been left out, but that is always a possibility.  I trust that you will enjoy hearing about these families, and perhaps even find yourself connected in some way to them”.
 Ruth is an active member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, both as a speaker and supporter of various projects of the Society and its branches.
Ruth will have her new book on hand for sale and autograph.

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

 

FEBRUARY 2016 MEETING

 

Winston Churchill, the Renaissance Man,

by Randy Barber 

Mon Feb 15 / 7:30pm

Randy Barber Chairman International Churchill Society-Canada Randy Barber will speak on some of the interesting aspects of the life of Sir Winston Churchill. His address outlines the life and accomplishments of WSC- a true Renaissance Man, from his birth in 1874 to his death in 1965. While Churchill is most famously known for his role as Britain’s wartime leader, he also won a Nobel prize for Literature, and painted over 539 canvasses which sell for in excess of one million pounds today at auction.

Mr. Barber details the full breadth of his life’s accomplishments that has entertained audiences 12-15 times per year for the last 25 years. He also brings some of his extensive Churchilliana collection to his talks for the enjoyment of those in attendance.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society’s meetings are open to all.  Guests may attend at no cost.  Memberships are available.

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

PLEASE NOTE THE NEWSLETTER PROGRAM LIST WAS IN ERROR WITH THE FEBRUARY AND APRIL MEETINGS REVERSED. Winston Church, the Renaissance Man is the confirmed February Meeting. (above)

 

 

JANUARY 2016 MEETING

7:30 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 2015 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 coming year. Members are asked to contact the current President or Secretary with nominations prior to the meeting so that the nominees will be presented for voting. Members must have current membership paid for the year of 2016 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 & have some fun Bragging about them!!

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

Upcoming 2016

Fundraising Special Events

The Curtain Club Charity Night Fundraiser Event

January 26th, 2016       logo

“The Drowning Girls”
the Canadian drama by Beth Graham

Rub-a-dub-dub, three brides in tubs. Found drowned. These women gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. This play reflects on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after.

The RHHS is sharing a charity evening performance of the The Drowning Girls at the Curtain Club with another community group. Particulars of this event to be announced in the next edition of the newsletter. 75 tickets will be made available to the Richmond Hill Historical Society for this RHHS fundraising evening event. Wonderful gift idea for the upcoming holiday season. 

Tickets $25.00 each

**Fundraising monies will be used to enhance Outreach Programming for the community and a RHHS project for the upcoming sesquicentennial of 2017**

 

 

 Past 2015 Meetings

 

FEBRUARY MEETING 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015                7:30 p.m.

We are pleased to Present:

CAROL THOMPSON – Treasures Charity Thrift Store

Have you ever wondered about the little Thrift Shop on Levendale Avenue called “Treasures”? Who began this enterprise? How long have they been there? What does this shop means to the community?

In 1986 Elizabeth Davis and Robin Collinson, each a parent of an adult child living with schizophrenia took matters into their own hands. Frustrated with the lack of services available in the community for people dealing with chronic mental illness they built their own solution. They envisioned a supportive environment offering meaningful volunteer work, providing opportunities to learn skills and build self esteem and confidence. They called it “Treasures” to reflect the hidden treasures in the people involved as well as the treasures that can be found in the shop.

Join us and meet Carol who will tell you the story about this
community minded store.

MARCH 2015 MEETING

Monday March 16th, 2015
7:30 p.m.

We are please to present:
“All about Cornflower Glass from the 1900’s”
Betsy McDonald
From the Orilla Packet: In 1914, William John “Jack” Hughes began cutting glass tableware full-time in the basement of hishome at 212 Wychwood Ave., Toronto. Ninety years later, his popular floral pattern, which he called “corn flower,” is one of the most sought-after glass patterns in Canadian antique and collectible outlets.
Corn flower was cut and sold across Canada for more than 70 years and, for many, it has become a cherished heirloom for more than three generations. Join us to hear about this iconic Canadian glassware. Find out why Betsy talks about her basement!!
(Bring in your own precious pieces for Betsy to have a look at.)

APRIL 2015 MEETING

April 20, 2015

7:30 p.m.

“Over Any Distance Imaginable: The Royal Mail from York”

Kate Akerfeldt is the Assistant Curator at Toronto’s First Post Office. IN 1833, York was undergoing exponential growth and there were high expectations for the swampy town on the edge of wilderness. In 1833, the new Postmaster built his new home and office on Duke Street, a building that would become the meeting place for all of Toronto. Postmaster Howard was an outsider in Toronto’s colonial elite and not always trusted. Nevertheless, it was from this office that the growing pains of the new city and of Canada, were expressed on paper, and sent around the world….. Join us for an enlightening evening learning about the beginnings of the Post Office in Upper Canada.

Join us for an enlightening evening – all about our postal beginnings!

May 2015 Meeting

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7:30 p.m.
“Victoria Day – Canada’s Unique Holiday”

Norman McMullen and Kevin Dark

Members of the Richmond Hill Historical Society

Learn more about the celebration and the life of Queen Victoria

through a presentation and display of items from the McMullen/Dark Collection of royal Commemoratives. Using their own collection they will dazzle us with little before known details of Queen Victoria – just in time for her birthday!!
Join us for an enjoyable evening listening to Royal Tales of Queen Victoria!!

JUNE 2015 MEETING                                                            MEMBERS ONLY 

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SOCIAL 

May 18th, 2015

Special Time 6:30 p.m.
Members Only
Our Annual Strawberry Social Celebrating the Humble Ontario Grown Strawberry.
Please join us for our annual Strawberry Social at Wallace Hall. A favourite evening with strawberries and ice cream to delight one and all!
Entertainment to be announced.

**Any questions regarding the above information please speak with Andrea Kulesh or call 905-884-2789.

 

 SEPTEMBER 21, 2015                   7:30 p.m.

“Memories of Teaching in a One Room Rural School”

By Dorothy Duncan  

Dorothy Duncan became interested in Canadian history when she became a teacher guide at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. She later served as Curator of the Village, and then became Curator of Historic Houses for the Toronto Historical Board. She became a Museum Advisor for the Province of Ontario, assisting many new museums to open and many existing museums to grow and develop in both northern and southern Ontario. She has also served as the Executive Director of The Ontario Historical Society and has been recognized in many ways for her contributions in preserving the history and heritage of Ontario including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of the Heritage of Ontario as well as numerous other awards.

Join us for a fascinating evening as Dorothy recalls her days as a teacher in a one room rural school.

OCTOBER 2015 MEETING 

OCTOBER 19TH, 2015       7:30 P.M.

“50th Anniversary of L’Arche Daybreak”

Listen to the fascinating history of L’Arche Daybreak, known as Daybreak in Richmond Hill, from its early days until now – how it began and what they have accomplished through the years, in our community.

Following meetings, refreshments are served, providing a time of fellowship for members and guests. Everyone welcome.

 

 

“ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW” Richmond Hill Historical Society Style

October 25th, 2015                                      1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Delmanor Retirement Residence         

80 Elgin Mills Road, East,

Richmond Hill

Please join the The Richmond Hill Historical Society at Delmanor Retirement Residence for   an “Antiques Road Show” with David Beasley Auctions. Bring a treasured heirloom and have the Beasleys give you a little history about the item and an appraisal of its potential value. Included in the afternoon will be a raffle for a lovely gift basket donated by Delmanor, “Rose Kessler Stories” book prizes for identifying “Can You Guess What These Are?” Game and a whole lot of fun watching the David and Carol Beasley identify artifacts for everyone. Join us for the afternoon and enjoy finding out about your treasures and seeing other people’s heirlooms. Appraisals are on a first come first serve basis. Light refreshments will be served.

 NOVEMBER 16TH, 2015

 

"The Poppy and The Rose – The Royal Canadian Legion in Richmond Hill", a Historical Society talk

 

“The Poppy and The Rose – The Royal Canadian Legion in Richmond Hill”.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society, in recognition of Remembrance Day,  has invited Ross Toms, from our Royal Canadian Legion to speak : “The Poppy and The Rose – The Royal Canadian Legion in Richmond Hill”.

He will talk about the formation of the Royal Canadian Legion and how it evolved from a multitude of veterans clubs after the First World War. He will also focus on its early establishment in Richmond Hill (and the key players), it’s contribution to the community over the years, it’s current activities and future challenges.

Ross’ interest in military history began with his father sharing some of his stories as a veteran of WW2, followed by his parents instilling in him and his siblings an insatiable appetite for books and reading which in Ross’ case leaned towards military history.

All are invited to attend. There is no charge for visitors.  Memberships are available.

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

DECEMBER 14TH, 2015

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ANNUAL MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

6:30 p.m.

 Come and join us for a good old fashioned Christmas Dinner and Party. A delicious dinner will be catered once again by “3 Sisters Catering Company” with all the trimmings and dessert. Games, door prizes and a raffle with some carolling to end the evening. Lots of fun for the festive holiday season.

Please note: The Evening begins one hour earlier than monthly meetings.