Perth & District Historical Society

Coming Events
Perth & District Historical Society Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 pm, at the Perth Canadian Legion Hall, 26 Beckwith Street East. A voluntary “Toonie Fee” (donation) is suggested for each meeting. See below for upcoming meetings

* there are normally no meetings in July, August and December.

May 19, 2016   Drummond/North Elmsley Township Office, 310 Port Elmsley Road "Drummond/North Elmsley Township Heritage Evening": Celebrating 200 years of the united Drummond and North Elmsley townships including the launch of a local history song that may be heard at:
June 16, 2016   Algonquin College Library, 7 Craig Street Barrie Crampton presents the "Historical Mapping Project": digital mapping presentation of the properties and stories of the earliest settlers.
September 15, 2016   Tay Valley Township (location to be advised) "Tay Valley through Two Centuries": the heritage legacy of our original townships.
October 20, 2016   P&DHS Meeting, Perth Legion Town of Perth Evening: "Blast from the Past": a decade by decade journey through Perth's history.
November 17, 2016   P&DHS Meeting, Perth Legion "The Lives of the Settlers": the immigrants' story as they settled into their new world. And, a celebration and review of the 200th Anniversary Year, with discussion and displays of the events across the four municipalities.


January Ken Watson "Finding the Settlers Trail": a visual presentation of the route of the first settlers from Brockville to Perth depot.
February Janet Coward with Rob Carroll, Murray Hodgins, Melanie Weber and Mary Lou Carroll A celebration of seven decades of St. Patrick’s Day festivities in early Perth and area.
March Brian Gilhuly The Ottawa Valley Railroads, including our area's 1865 Brockville to Ottawa line.
April Major John R. Grodzinski "The Legacies of Military Service": the lives of the 1812 veterans following the war.

January Author Roy MacSkimming On the upcoming book 'The Secret History of John A.', marking the bicentennial of Macdonald's birthday.
February Annie Dalton/Barrie Crampton The story of the extinction, one hundred years ago, of the Passenger Pigeon; followed by the digital historical mapping project under development for the 200th anniversary.
March Brian Perkin Over 40 years of area broadcasting culminating in the development of local radio station Lake 88
April Rhodena Bell How Joe Purdon dedicated his life to protecting the rare Showy Lady’s Slipper
May Brian & Renee Porter The second of our presentations on Sir John A. Macdonald's bicentennial; the domestic side of John A.'s life.
June Hélène Jasmin The story of Perth's Elsie Meighen Reford, founder of the famous Métis Gardens (also known as Reford Gardens) of eastern Quebec
September Video The documentary film 'The Story of Perth, Part One' by Robert & Sharon Newton
October Brian Gilhuly Our Ottawa Valley early railroads, including our area's 1865 Brockville to Ottawa line.
November Kay Rogers Tay Valley Township's 200th anniversary book, 'At Home in Tay Valley'.

January Perth, Tay Valley Twp., Drummond/North Elmsley Twp. Representatives of three local municipalities unveiled celebration plans for the area’s 200th anniversary, 2016
February Author Shaun McLaughlin Stories of the 1838 attacks on Upper Canada, the aftermath of the 1837 Rebellion
March Show & Tell Presentations Nine local residents with presentations and displays on a wide collection of interesting artifacts and documents from our past
April Author Claudia Smith & Perth Resident Frank Mahon A double billing featuring Claudia Smith and her grandmother's story of serving at the front, as a nurse, in WWI, and Frank Mahon of Perth with the mystery behind a seaman's travel desk.
May Jim Sands, F/O (Retired) Canada's Role in WWII development of Radar.
June Janet Coward Musical Evening This third annual musical evening featured the area's 19th Century Temperance Movement.
September David Frisch The story of unknown Almonte Hero George Eccles.
October John McKenty The story of how shoemaking became a significant Perth industry, 'St. Crispin's Legacy; Shoemaking in Perth, Ontario, 1834-2014.
November Denise Chong Harry (Fong) Johnston, of early Perth's Harry's Cafe, is remembered in 'Lives of the Family; Stories of Fate and Circumstance', the stories of three Chinese families living in small town Canada.

January Ron Shaw, Irene Spence Forgotten Hero - the story of Alexander Fraser.
Feburary Chris Anstead The story of John Wilson (last duel) and family
March Roy MacSkimming & Don Beattie Otty Lake's North Shore
April David Taylor Our Lost Mills of the Tay River Area
May Ken Watson Why World Heritage? (Rideau Canal)
June Tobi Kieswalter Guided tour of the Silver Queen Mine, Murphys Point Provincial Park
September John Gemmell Welcome to the Perth Legion and tour of their Hall of Remembrance Museum
October Arlene Stafford-Wilson An evening of excerpts from Arlene's four books on reminiscences of Lanark County, and advice on developing our own family history interviews
November Glenn Tunnock update on the status of negotiations on land claims with the eastern Ontario Algonquin First Nations

January Tobi Kiesewalter The History and Archaeology of Murphy's Point Park
February David Turner The Foundation of Representative Government in Canada: its BNA Origin
March Janet Coward and the
Perth-Upon-Tay Musical Heritage group
An evening of song based on two 19th Century St. Patrick's Day evening social events in Perth
April Shaun J. McLaughlin The 1837 Rebellion along the New-York-Canada Border
May Major John. R. Grodzinski The War of 1812 on the Upper St. Lawrence
June Tour of Bowes Mill Tour of Bowes Mill followed by a meeting with the Tay Valley 200 Anniversary Committee at EcoTay
September Clark Theobald Talk about his recently published book on Daniel Daverne, controversial A/Supt. in early Perth.
October Ronald L. Doering Defending Our Homeland - Loyalist families of Dundas County and the Battle of Crysler's Farm (novel).
November John McKenty Arden Blackburn's Mail Route: The Early Days at Christie Lake.

January Mike Jaques Colonel Myers and the Mount Myers in Perth
February Roy MacSkimming Sir Wilfred Laurier: Laurier in Love
March David Theobald Conservation of Historical Documents
April Carleton Place Representatives experience and opportunities under sister-city twinning agreements
May John McKenty The Canada Cycle & Motor Company - the CCM Bicycle
June Janet Coward A Selection of Traditional Perth 19th Century Music
September Kay Rogers Recently Launched Book Voices of Pike Lake
October Edith George Designation of Heritage Trees in the Community
November -- Film presentation "From Famine to Shipwreck: An Irish Odyssey". Presented by: Kay Rogers and Jane Murphy
December -- Christmas 2011 Newsletter

January Keith Lindsay The War of 1812
February Glenn Tunnock The Ottawa Valley Fire of 1870
March Terence Currie The 175th Anniversary of the Tay Canal
April Brian Porter The North-West Mounted Police
May Susan Code-McDougall The Code Family of Perth and Area
June Glenn Lockwood History of St. James Church in Pert
September Glenn Tunnock Perth Scotland's 800th Anniversary
October Glenn Lockwood St. James Church, Perth - Chapter T
November Tim Zander The Canadian European War MemorialsI

January Ron Watson Free Masonry in Perth and Area
February Rev. Canon Purcell The Irish and the Rideau Canal
March Ken Watson; Susan Code;
David Taylor
The 175th Anniversary of the Tay Canal
April Neil Patterson Irish Settlers of the Rideau Corridor
May Jeff Earl Archaeology of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Site, Perth
September Hugh Chatfield The Daniel Daverne Documentary
October Tim Zander Perth & District Collegiate Institute Student Research
November Stephen Nichol The 21st Battalion C.E.F in WWI
Perth, the Capital of the District of Dalhousie; from the N-East bank of the River Tay - painting by Thomas Burrowes, 1828, Archives of Ontario, I0002141

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