Enjoying History

Since the publication of Grace, various organizations have invited me to talk about one-room schools. One is Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto where I will be telling stories on October 29, 2013. The Schoolhouse was built in 1848 by Enoch Turner, a brewer and philanthropist. More information about its history and upcoming events is available at  Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.
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In Campbellford this week I encountered a very enthusiastic audience at the Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Society. Like other groups in the Ontario Historical Society, they promote local history. When I was writing Grace, their publications provided valuable information about  the early years of the twentieth century. They had photos of Campbellford’s 1906 inauguration as a town and details on its early industries. At the time it was a busy manufacturing and farming centre with both goods and produce going to market by train. Campbellford’s Heritage Centre is very close to the house where Grace was born in 1907.
History is much more than wars and scandals or stories about the rich and famous. History is also the lives of ordinary people, the way they lived, how the culture changed, and how our ancestors grappled with the challenges that came their way. Documenting local history is up to us.
Three cheers for historical societies, museums, and other organizations that preserve our heritage. They help us understand and enjoy our history.
Millie Morton