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2013 May

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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 519-440-6206
Mac Campbell treasurer 519-524-7935
Ralph Laviolette newsletter, notes 519-565-2454
Elaine Snell membership 519-523-9531
Brock Vodden councilor  
Rhea Hamilton-Seeger councilor  


Next Society Meetings.....

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Location: St. Peters Lutheran Church, 23 Goshen Street South, Zurich, ON

5:30 p.m. Welcome and meet the speaker.

6:00 p.m. Dinner and doings by the church ladies, approx $20 per person at the door.

Please call David Armstrong 519-524-1156 for dinner reservations.....

7:00 p.m. Annual General Meeting, vote on the slate of directors and a presentation by Alma Westlake on the history of St. Peters Lutheran Church and the Pioneer Cemetery.

Visitors and guests are welcome to any portion of the evening…..

Next meeting….. Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Location: At the Huron County Museum, Goderich.


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.


Archives 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. On August 8th, 2012, David Armstrong led a presentation to the Huron County Council on the study and its recommendations to begin a Business Plan for an Archives building to serve the county. The presentation was well received.

Efforts are now underway to poll other municipal staffs to get a sense of volume to be accommodated begin a Business Case and Plan for space and storage needs.


Website access for Historical Notes.....

Past copies of Historical Notes from 1965 to 2008 are now available to members on the web. Non-members can access only the index to each issue.

To access the members-only section of the Historical Notes or to do a search for names & places in the Historical Notes, go to:

  • open the dropdown menu for Publications
  • click HCHS Members Login
  • then type user name: user, then the current password
  • The members’ password is a 6-digit number on the address label on this newsletter, top right hand corner.

If you cannot get access using the password, then check if your web browser is up to date.

If the password is lost or not readily available, contact or phone Ralph Laviolette 519-440-6206.


Letters to the editor....

Always welcome. Send to Ralph Laviolette, the HCHS editor at the address above or email Ralph.


Progress on Historical Notes....

The 2013 edition of Huron Historical Notes was distributed to members with dues paid-up until 2012. If you did not get your copy and your dues were paid-up, please email or call Ralph at 519-565-2454 to get your copy.


Notes about last general meeting.....

At the Duchess Room of the Bedford Hotel Goderich on April 17, 2013.

Our guest speaker was Paul Schmitt, a Port Huron marine historian and amateur diver, who gave a memorable recounting of the 1913 Great Storm and the damage wrought on several ships on the American side of the Great Lakes. (Susan Bennett, curator of the Port Huron Museum, could not attend the meeting.) Paul described the events planned for Port Huron commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Storm. Thusfar on the US side, plans center around exhibits at the Point Gratiot Light and the Port Huron Marine Museum and a one-day Chautauqua (an arts and culture celebration). Other commemorations are in the works and will be highlighted on the website

Paul showed photos of some of the damaged and sunk ships of the Storm and the finding of the sunken steamer, Regina, in 1986 in 80-ft of water. Paul had done a dive on the Regina (the third diver to do so) and showed photos of the wreck as she then lay.


Paul Schmitt, David Armstrong, Mac Campbell

Above Photo: Left to Right: Paul Schmitt, guest speaker, board chair David Armstrong and director and meeting coordinator Mac Campbell.

HCHS April 2013 Meeting


HCHS April 2013 Meeting


HCHS April 2013 Meeting



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