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2011 June

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Huron County Historical Society

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110 North St, PO Box 3, Goderich ON, N7A 3Y5



Executive for 2011-2012

David Armstrong president 519-524-1156
Ralph Laviolette secretary 519-565-2454
Mac Campbell treasurer 519-524-7935
Ralph Laviolette past president 519-565-2454
Elaine Snell membership 519-523-9531
Rhea Hamilton-Seeger councilor  
Brock Vodden councilor  
Pam Stanley councilor  


Next Society Meetings...

General Meeting in Bayfield, Wed. September 21, 2011

5:30 pm Dinner at Bluewater Golf Course clubhouse, 77426 Hwy 21 (corner of County Rd. 13), turkey and doings, $20 per person plus gratuity. During dinner enjoy the many displays of historic golf course artifacts.

Call Ralph Laviolette 519-565-2454 for dinner reservations.

7:00 pm Visit to Phil and IIse Gemeinhardt's Bayfield Antiques, 77072 Bluewater Hwy 21, located just south of the golf course.

Members, visitors and guests are welcome to attend the full session or the feature presentation at 7:00 pm.

Membership renewal...

The date shown above your name on the address label is the year to which your membership is paid up. If you are in arrears, consider this a reminder that the membership fees are now $20.

To reserve your member’s copy of Historical Notes, keep your dues up to date. Past copies of the Notes are available at the Museum, $8 per copy.
And, if you are in arrears, mail-in your membership today.

Note our current address for mail and memberships:

HCHS Memberships, Box 3, Goderich ON, N7A 3Y5.


At the last meeting...

On June 15, 2011, we visited the ladies of the Brussels Legion for roti de boeuf a la nord Huron, and then visited the Brussels Railway Station which now serves as a refurbished clubhouse for the Brussels Optimists. Our thanks to Mac Campbell for the arrangements, the Legion for its hospitality and Don McNeil for the tour of his antiques, auto and memorabilia collection - it was a real treat!


Archive Facilities project...

Members will recall that in 2009, the Society undertook a project to make recommendations for a competent storage solution for the many public and private family and other collections in the County. The project began with recognition that there is not sufficient space in existing storage or display-locations to house current collections. Three tasks were identified:

1. To attain an archivist for Huron collections.

2. To explore best practices for archival management in rural areas by visiting facilities in other counties and other venues.

3. To determine, through surveys and personal contacts, the nature, scope and size of private and other collections in the County that do not now have or will soon not have, competent care and storage. The project is well underway, and is in the last phase. The Society plans to soon publish a set of recommendations that will serve Huron County for years to come.

Plaque project...

The Society is continuing its plan to erect plaques commemorating noteworthy people and places across the County. If you have an idea of where and why to mount a plaque, call Mac Campbell or David Armstrong. A planning team has been organized. All suggestions will be seriously considered.


Huron Historical Notes...

The 2011 edition of Huron Historical Notes is underway. It will feature the story of the municipality of Morris Turnberry, synthesizing the recent publication of the definitive history of the area.    For the 2012 edition, a Pot Pourri of anecdotes and articles is being assembled once again. This edition will feature articles from Notes dating from 1965 to 1975, plus any contributions that meet the test of readability.

Also, if you have a suggested topic or an anecdote or article to contribute to the next Pot Pourri, drop Ralph a line or e-mail: or phone: 519-565-2454


The back page...

Here is a bit of nostalgia about our meeting in June in Brussels... hope you all have a good summer... and hope to see you all in September...


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Above Left: What a meal - roast beef with lots of other good stuff... and pies for dessert to finish up by the rowdy Society crew. Above Right: Part of Don McNeil's collection... this ancient Ford pickup has been a feature of Brussels community parades and continues to have additions made to its fashion accessories.

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Above Left: Brussels Optimists renovated and refurbished the Brussels Railway Station built for the 1860s railway invasion of Huron County. Above Right: Another of Don McNeil's beauties... sitting outside catching some rays... in apple red.


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