2nd Annual HISTORY OPEN HOUSE at Brighton in February 2014
We liked it so much the first time we thought we should do it again. Plans are under way for the Second Annual History Open House to be held at the Brighton Community Centre on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 12 noon to 4 pm both days. Admission is FREE!
The event will be held under the auspices of the Brighton Heritage Advisory Committee (BHAC) and managed by The History Open House Organising Group which includes myself, Dorothy Connolly from the BHAC and Susan Brose. Florence Chatten has bowed out after yeoman's service last year and Richard Ibbotson has been added to the group.
New this year, a Special Event will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7 pm, also at the Brighton Community Centre. This event will revolve around the famous "Dr. King Story" which most folks around Brighton know somthing about. A young doctor in Brighton poisoned his wife and was hung for it at Cobourg in 1859. Think of it as the "O. J. Simpson Trial" of the 1850s. I will provide a presentation about the Dr. King Story to describe what happened and how it fit into the community of Brighton at the time. In addition, the donation of an important and amazing collection of artifacts related to the story will be commemorated at the event.
Everyone had a great time at last year's History Open House. We look forward to seeing you there in 2014!
HISTORY IN THE HALL
A move is afoot to make the Hilton Township Hall into a Hertiage Centre for the community. Many of us feel that is a terrific idea and are working towards it in any way we can. One major step in that direction is a pair of history events to be held at The Hall in August 2013. Here is what we are planning:
1850s: Time of Change - Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2 pm
"The 1850s was the most intensive period of change in the history of the community." Dan Buchanan will discuss this assertion, listing the many significant changes that occurred and how they affected the people in the community. Responsible government, Brighton Township created, the new Road, the Grand Trunk Railway, the lumber boom, the Dr. King Story - all made the 1850s a most interesting and important time in the history of Brighton and area.
We will also honour our favourite local historian, Florence Chatten, for her work with the History Open House of 2013 and her many years of tireless efforts supporting historical and community activities. Congratulations, Florence!
The Latimer Photos Open House - Sunday, August 18, 2013, 2 - 4 pm
Come to the Hilton Hall and see the entire collection of The Latimer Photos, 455 pictures in all, spread out on tables and easy for all to access. Find your relative in the list, sit down at the picture and write down some information we may not have for that person. Help us build the collection! You can even take home a printed copy of your favourite Latimer Photo. Everyone welcome! Snacks and history on a Sunday afternoon - what can be better?
History Books about Brighton & Area
Florence Chatten's book "Brighton Township" is available from Florence at 613-475-1244. It can also be ordered online through the publisher's web site http://essencebookstore.com/. (Look under the "Other" Category.)
Susan Brose has produced three small booklets focussed on the churches, schools and cemeteries of the Brighton area. They are available from Susan Brose.
Susan Brose's book "The History of Brighton Businesses 1816 to 2009" provides lots of interesting info re businesses over the years in Brighton Village and surrounding area. It contains 424 pages with 140 business ads and 576 pictures. It is available in Brighton at End of the Thread and Family Realty on Main St., Hair Sensations on Elizabeth St. or call Susan Brose at 613-475-1028.
"That's Just The Way We Were; Brighton Memories", published by The Municipality of Brighton in 2006 is available at the Brighton Municipal Office.
Bonnie Browne's books about life in Brighton are available from the author. Call Bonnie at 613-475-0915
More in the "History" Section"
Check out the History section for new history items to download.
History Tours of Brighton Township
See the "What's New" Section March 2011 for info re history tours of Brighton and area by Dan Buchanan.
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