Deborah Whale, Ron Hattle and Katherine MacDonald in front of the wall of fame portrait gallery.On September 25, 2016 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives Harvest Home Festival the Wellington County Historical Society unveiled its newest inductee, Deborah Whale, to its Wall of Fame.  Deborah Whale was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame earlier this year and the original portrait hangs in their Hall of Fame at the Guelph headquarters.   As a tribute to any inductee coming from from Wellington County, the historical society and its partners place a reproduction portrait on the wall at the Wellington County Museum & Archives.  Deborah was nominated by the Poultry Industry Council for her immeasurable contribution to the agricultural industry.  Deborah along with her husband and 2 sons run a successful dairy and poultry business near Alma in Wellington County.  The farm is in its 7th generation of continuous farming.   In the photo (left to right) : Deborah Whale, WCHS President Ron Hattle and Katherine MacDonald, a Director on the board of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association.   Deborah’s portrait sits along side her father George Edwin Jones who was inducted in 2006.

Currently (and until the end of August 2016) is a display of "Antique Bikes and Vintage Trikes" at the Harriston Library. On Thursday evening, August 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (3rd floor library), the collector Glen Norcliffe of Kincardine will give a presentation on the evolution of the bicycle from the early 1800s.

Board members of the Wellington County Historical Society

Members of the Wellington County Historical Society board, elected at the annual general meeting on June 6, 2016. Standing in the back back row left to right are:  Evelyn Robson, Willa Wick, Cynthia Rabstein, Judy Howard, Beverly Henderson & Ian Easterbrook. Seated in the front row left to right:  Kathy Bouma – Treasurer, Ron Hattle – President, Helen Aitken – Recording Secretary.

Willa Wick presenting 1st place to Janice Hindley.
Willa Wick presenting 1st place to Janice Hindley.
Willa Wick presenting 3rd place to Jeannette Altwegg.
Willa Wick presenting 3rd place to Jeannette Altwegg.

Winners of the 2016 Writing Competition were:

1st place - Janice Hindley
2nd place – Royden McCoag
3rd place - Jeannette Altwegg
Honorable Mention – Elisabeth Easterbrook

Junior Division

1st Place – Jonah Doupe
2nd Place – Joshua Doupe

Marilynn Crow
Marilynn Crow

The guest speaker at the AGM was Marilynn Crow – author of “Evolution of the Family Farm – To The Seventh Generation".

Marilynn Crow signing her book for Ian Easterbrook.
Marilynn Crow signing her book for Ian Easterbrook.

Marilynn Crow launched her book "To the Seventh Generation: Evolution of the Family Farm in Canada 1823-2015" in an event at the Puslinch Library on March 19, 2016. WCHS President Ron Hattle, along with Ian Easterbrook, were on hand on behalf of the Society. Lynn presented many complimentary copies of her book, giving credit to the WCHS for our sponsorship. Marilynn Crow will be the guest speaker at the Society's AGM on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

John McDonaldThe Wellington County Historical Society presents "The Heritage of Halton and Wellington Counties after the War of 1812" on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Aboyne Hall, Wellington County Museum and Archives, 0536 Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora. Historian and author John McDonald will look at the development of this part of Southern Ontario after the War of 1812 focusing on Wellington and Halton Counties. This colour PowerPoint presentation utilizes several vintage and contemporary photographs of the area with an emphasis on the origin of place names.