Welcome to the North Grenville Historical Society Website!
The North Grenville Historical Society is a group of dedicated volunteers whose first objective is to arouse and stimulate public interest in the heritage and history of the people and places of the North Grenville area; including the historical townships of Oxford-on-Rideau and South Gower, the historical town of Kemptville; and the hamlets of Pelton’s Corners, Heckston, Oxford Mills, Burritt’s Rapids, Oxford Station and Bishop’s Mills.
We also advance education by improving the public’s understanding and awareness of the history of North Grenville by hosting events, supporting programs, producing educational materials and scholarly articles and operating the North Grenville Archives, which is owned by the Society.
The purposes of the Archives are to collect, classify and preserve information and artifacts relating to North Grenville and to maintain this material as a resource centre accessible to members and the general public.
Our constitution makes it clear that the Society is to be “carried on without purpose of gain for its members, and any profits or gains to the organization shall be used in promoting its objectives.”
ATTENDING OUR SPEAKER EVENT ON October 20, 2021
“to arouse and stimulate public interest in the heritage and history of the people and places of the North Grenville area."
upcoming virtual presentation
Bluenose or The Bluenose, if you prefer, is probably Canada’s most famous schooner. Launched in 1921, she was designed by naval architect William James Roué as both a fishing vessel and a racing schooner. She won the Fisherman’s Cup, the championship of the fishing fleets of the northwest Atlantic, five times between 1921 then and 1938. . .and is still featured on the Canadian dime. “Designing Bluenose” will be based on work that Amanda Gould and Jeff Noakes have been doing towards a series of exhibitions on Roué and the collection of his materials that were donated to the Canadian Museum of History in 2015. The latest effort is an online exhibition that is scheduled to launch on October 22nd to mark the 100th anniversary of the first race won by Bluenose. Jeff will speak about Roué’s journey towards becoming a naval architect and designing Bluenose, and then Amanda will talk about the material aspects and conservation treatment of his original design plans for her.
Amanda Gould is a paper conservator at the National Museum of History and Director of Archives of the North Grenville Historical Society. Jeff Noakes, Ph.D., has been the Second World War historian at the Canadian War Museum since mid-2006, and is also the curator responsible for the William James Roué Collection at the Canadian Museum of History. He is the author or joint author of books, book chapters, exhibition catalogues, and articles on subjects related to the First World War, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the Arctic.
This talk will be presented virtually at 7:00 pm, on the 20th of October, on Zoom. Since we had some deplorable Zoombombing during our last talk, this event will be by invitation only. If you don’t receive an invitation by email by the 18th of October, email us at email@example.com explain why you would like to participate, and we will send you the instructions.
Captain Angus Walters of the Bluenose with the International Fisherman's Trophy (photo by W.R. MacAskill) reproduced from the Canadian Encyclopaedia
The image used with the kind permission of Nova Scotia Archives on the poster is a photograph of Bluenose also by photographer W.R. MacAskill and hand-coloured by Elva MacAskill. There are also two small details from the original plans by William James Roué at the bottom of the poster.
This presentation will be available on this website soon. Local author and historian Tom Graham, along with local naturalist Dr. Fred Schueler, lead you on a tour of Bishop's Mills, site of the Great Fire of 1943. The presentation included accounts by local residents--including Mervin Robinson, the only living survivor of the event. The fire that destroyed six buildings, started in his house.
This presentation will be available on this website soon. The original event was plagued with technical problems, for which we apologize. The main focus of the talk was on both the survey of the Township of Oxford-on-Rideau and the attempt to form an aristocracy in Upper Canada through granting entire townships to individuals. Click on News and Events and then Previous Meetings.
Free publication on local heritage
A magazine-style publication is now available on the history of North Grenville by the Society's own Historian, Dr. David Shanahan. This is the first chapter in an ongoing project undertaken by Dr. Shanahan to update the history of our communities with the support of the municipality. Copies are available at a number of locations, free of charge to all interested. Check at the NG Times office, on Sanders Street in Raina's Mall, B&H, your community grocer, Bubba & Buggs coffee shop, Brewed Awakenings, and Grahame's Bakery.
BECOME A MEMBER!
Click on MEMBERSHIP to register as a member of the Society.
NGHS is looking for qualified volunteers in two particular areas--board governance and IT software implementation. Please contact Ken Mews at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested.
The Society publishes a Quarterly newsletter, articles, and occasionally books
(Click on PUBLICATIONS for a list of past and current material).