The History of Grey & Bruce Counties: A Fresh Look

Tickets for this series will not be on sale until November 2020. We may know more about the possibility of in-person lectures in 2021 by then.

This lecture series was to begin, unconventionally, with a group of musicians, story-tellers and actors named Métissage who tell the lesser known history of our area.  Social distancing problems put that presentation out-of-reach for now.  The other five lectures focus on Indigenous people who have lived here for millennia and then the waves of settlers and refugees who have arrived to inhabit what many of us now call Grey and Bruce Counties.

Series Coordinators: Joan Irvine, Carol Mair, Joan Corbett-Fujiki & Gord Edwards

Series Date: 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 to Thursday, February 11, 2021
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
To Be Announced
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line as a Zoom Webinar

The originally scheduled presenters for this lecture cannot participate because of the Covid 19 situation.  If arrangements can be made for a replacement, it will be posted here.  If a replacement is not possible, this will be a 5 lecture series.

Title:
Indigenous History
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line as a Zoom Webinar

As a member of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Trish will look at the history of Canada from a First Nations person’s perspective. During her presentation she will touch on Indigenous People’s role as stewards of the land, and social determinants for health for the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Trish will also talk about local Indigenous history and the current land claim.

About the lecturer 

Trish Meekins

Trish Meekins is a Bodawadomi/Mohawk woman who is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Neyaashiinigmiing. She is a mother of four young men and currently lives and works in Owen Sound in her home territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

Title:
Waves of Immigration
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line as a Zoom Webinar

From the Great Migration of Canada in the early 1800’s, to the "great unwashed" of the 20th century, this presentation tells the stories of early settlers and their journey to Canada from homelands far away.

About the lecturer 

Wendy Tomlinson

Wendy Tomlinson grew up on a farm near Goderich, Ontario and now lives in Owen Sound. She is a certified Graphic Designer, and published artist and author.  Her love of education and history finds her employed in museums and she gives numerous lectures and presentations many of which utilize her personal collection of over 300 antique textiles.

Title:
Yours, Mine and Ours: Black History in Grey Bruce
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line as a Zoom Webinar

Over 600 Black Freedom Seekers arrived in our community before 1871, through a network of assistance by way of the Underground Railway.  As members of Grey County we have a shared history with our Black community and their families.  We will learn about personalities, churches, cemeteries, industries, and residences, some hidden in plain view in Owen Sound.

About the lecturer 

Terri Jackson

Terri Jackson has had a long history of researching and honoring Black History in Owen Sound. She grew up in Owen Sound with Black families as neighbours and for the past 20 years has been involved with such projects as the installation of the Black History Cairn in Harrison Park, the Freedom Trail and the Emancipation Festival.

Title:
The Port of Owen Sound from 1840 to 1912
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line as Zoom Webinar.

This talk tells the story of this remarkable community, from the handshake that created it, to its emergence as the gateway to the settlement of western Canada. With profiles of many of the community builders and illustrated with many rare historic photographs, The Port of Owen Sound provides an entertaining glimpse into the history of ‘Corkscrew Town.’

About the lecturer 

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is a broadcaster and journalist who moved to Owen Sound in 1986 as regional news correspondent for CKCO Television in Kitchener. He started writing in 1990 and has written dozens of books of local fiction and non-fiction. He has served on many local Boards and was elected to Owen Sound City Council in 2014.

Title:
Owen Sound from the Great War to the Depression 1912–1929
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line as a Zoom Webinar

This lecture chronicles the years between the Great War and the beginning of the Depression. A generation joined the armed forces and headed off to war; many did not return.  Those who made it back found Owen Sound  was a different place. Officially a City as of 1920, Owen Sound had compensated for the loss of the CPR in 1911 with steady growth in manufacturing; horses had been replaced by cars; and the boom years of the roaring ’20s were just around the corner.

About the lecturer 

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is a broadcaster and journalist who moved to Owen Sound in 1986 as regional news correspondent for CKCO Television in Kitchener. He started writing in 1990 and has written dozens of books of local fiction and non-fiction. He has served on many local Boards and was elected to Owen Sound City Council in 2014.