The Town of Erin Heritage Committee is holding a World War I Open House and Information evening on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Local journalist Phil Gravelle will give a presentation about what it was like to live in Erin during the war years, and will be speaking about how WWI affected life in Erin, using newspaper articles from the era. Members of the public are invited to display memorable items, and informally share their family stories related to the war.

The event will be held in the Council Chambers at the Town Office, 5684 Trafalgar Road, just south of Hillsburgh. For more information contact Jamie Cheyne, jamiecheyne01@gmail.com, or Town Councillor Jeff Duncan, jeff.duncan@erin.ca.

WCHS president Ron Hattle, the Duke of Wellington (Gary Bryant) and Wellington County Warden George Bridge.
WCHS president Ron Hattle, the Duke of Wellington (Gary Bryant) and Wellington County Warden George Bridge.

The Duke of Wellington paid a visit to the Wellington County Council Chambers in Guelph on June 25, 2015. His mission was to deliver a commemorative coin to Council in honour of the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the District of Wellington.

The coin’s imprint, bearing a likeness to the original Duke, was created by the South Wellington Coin Club in collaboration with the WCHS. Gary Bryant, in fine regalia, dressed the part and delivered a short speech. Additional coins are available for purchase from the WC Museum and Archives gift shop. Thanks to WCHS long-‐time member Leone Hinds for her enthusiasm for this anniversary, her contributions of stories for the Journal, and her ongoing support of Wellington County history.

The 175th anniversary of the District of Wellington was commemorated with a coin minted by the South Wellington Coin Club.
The 175th anniversary of the District of Wellington was commemorated with a coin minted by the South Wellington Coin Club.