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Brighton History Events - Feb 18 & 19

The fifth annual Brighton History Open House and the History Show are in the planning stages and we are looking forward to a fun weekend. The theme this year is Canada 150 and the show is called "Brighton ONE FIVE OH!" which means we will look at confederation to centennial to today through Brighton's eyes.

The events are as follows:

On Saturday Feb 18 from 10 am to 4 pm the History Open House provides easy browsing for visitors - come when you want and stay as long as you want. You will see lots of local history and can talk to local historians Dan Buchanan and Susan Brose. Vendors fill the Community Centre and folks can also enjoy good eats at the Heritage Tea provided by the three Brighton Womens' Insitutes.

On Saturday Feb 18 at 6:30 the show "Brighton ONE FIVE OH! begins.

On Sunday Feb 19 at 2:00 pm the show "Brighton ONE FIVE OH!" is presented again.

Brighton Digital Archive

Several ambitious and talented volunteers from Friends of Hilton Hall Heritage Centre have created the Brighton Digital Archive, a web site that contains a growing collection of images and information about Brighton history. Check it out at:

Guest Speaker

Retirement leaves me more time to do things I love and telling history stories is at the top of the list. I will be the guest speaker at your group's meeting or event. Check out the "Guest Speaker" tab on the left for a full list of the stories I can tell. Give me a call at 613-439-8992 or email to to book a time.

Books re Brighton History

Murder in the Family: The Dr. King Story, by Dan Buchanan, published July 25, 2015 by Dundurn Press, is available in book stores ($24.99), e-book sites and libraries. See

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 (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

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