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2013 September

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Huron County Historical Society

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



Executive for 2013-2014

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.....

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Location: Huron County Museum auditorium, North St, Goderich

No dinner is planned.

Topic: Sailing Blind… The Storm of 1927, a presentation as part of the 1913 Storm Committee events.

7:00 p.m. Business Meeting in the Lounge

8:00 p.m. Presentation in the Auditorium

On Thursday, September 19th we will be meeting at the Huron County Museum where, in addition to our regular meeting (7:00 pm in the upstairs lounge), we will be sponsoring a presentation by Scott Cameron entitled Sailing Blind (8:00 pm in the auditorium followed by refreshments and a social time). This very interesting presentation is part of the series of events planned by the Great Storm Committee culminating in November with the commemoration of the very deadly storm of 1913.

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


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dinner and presentation about farm life at an Amish farm near Lucknow.
Reservations for a traditional Amish chicken dinner can be taken only before October 6th. Call David Armstrong at 519- 524-1156 for details.

See the president's remarks for more details.


Membership renewal.....

If you received this newsletter by mail, the date shown above your name on the address label is the year to which your membership is paid up, according to our records. Call or email us if your records differ.

If you are in arrears, consider this a reminder that the membership fees are $20.

To reserve your member's hard-copy of Historical Notes, keep your dues up to date. Hard copies of past Historical Notes are available at the Museum, the Book Peddler or Finchers in Goderich, $8.00 per copy.

Note our current address for mail and memberships:

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


President Remarks.....

Greetings, Members and Friends of HCHS:

We're looking forward to another season of interesting and informative activities with the Society. On Thursday, September 19th we will be meeting at 7:00 pm at the Huron County Museum (upper lounge) prior to joining the Great Lakes Storm 1913 Remembrance Committee for a presentation by Scott Cameron entitled Sailing Blind.

On Wednesday, October 16th we will be having a very interesting and enjoyable experience. We are invited to dinner at the home of an Amish family whose farm is near Lucknow. Following a delicious home- cooked meal we will learn about the traditions and lifestyle of our Amish/Mennonite neighbours. Mark your calendars for this special event. Reserve for the meal before October 6. More details will follow.

The November 29th meeting is presently a "work in progress". Details on program and location will follow.

I hope to see you at our fall meetings.

David Armstrong


Website access for Historical Notes.....

Past copies of Historical Notes from 1965 to 2010 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 2014 edition of Huron Historical Notes featuring the remainder of the Story of Egmondville and a Supplement about the 1838 St Clair (or "Patriot") Raids following the 1837 Rebellion will be distributed to members with 2014 dues paid.

Copies will start to be distributed in October 2013. For more information, please contact or call Ralph at 519-565-2454 to get your copy.


Archives Facilities project….

A committee is visiting Huron County municipalities to get more information about the volume and kinds of archival material requiring storage. An update to the August 2011 study is in the works prior to the preparation of a Business Plan. For more information, call David Armstrong.


New brochure....

Attached are some copies of our revised brochure describing the activities and inviting membership to the Society. Click here for a printable copy on the website.

Please distribute them to friends or potential supporters.


Notes about last general meeting.....

Dr John Carter, a researcher and historian, presented an intriguing talk about a little known series of events in Huron County and Ontario following the 1837 MacKenzie-inspired Upper Canada Rebellion. A group of rebels found their way to the US and participated in attacks on Canadian sites, much to the consternation of both the US and Canadian governments. Part of the talk will appear as a supplement to the 2014 edition of Historical Notes. Year 2013 is the 175th anniversary of the events, termed loosely as the Patriot Raids.


Did you visit our booth at the Zurich Bean Festival in August?

David Armstrong and Elaine Snell met many members and friends and sold copies of Notes and other offerings. Here are photos of the busy site.


HCHS at the Zurich Festival


HCHS at the Zurich Festival


HCHS at the Zurich Festival



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