WCHS president Ron Hattle presenting Sue Weir & Haley Johnston appreciation gifts from the historical society on their presentation “Stitched Together – One Quilt, One Community” which was held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives.
WCHS president Ron Hattle and Wesley Harris, following Wesley’s presentation “The Mentor and Metalsmith - Silver Art of Arthur Brecken and Wesley Harris” on October 14, 2018.
Meghan Power received the “Arthur Brecken Award” at the Erin Secondary School graduation ceremony on October 4, 2018 from co-presenters teacher Lisa Filion and Wesley Harris, on behalf of the WCHS.
Guides Al Koop and Gary Bryant lead a well-attended historical walking tour of the hamlet of Salem on September 22, 2018.
Nikki Logan originally comes from the countryside outside Dundas, Ontario, however she and her husband John have made Fergus their home for the past twenty years.
Researching the history of their old stone cottage piqued an interest in the historical development of Wellington County and the various peoples that settle here.
Nikki worked for many years in Health Care and now in retirement enjoys reading, swimming, genealogy and collecting old stuff! Her family including five active grandchildren keep her busy.
She looks forward to working with the Wellington County Historical Society and giving back in some small way to this great place they chose to call home.
The topic for the annual writing contest was “My First Summer Job”. This was the 75th anniversary of the essay contest which was started by Jean (Mrs. Tom) Hutchinson in 1943. Director Willa Wick presented certificates and cash awards to the winners. In the adult class, first prize was captured by Ian Easterbrook of Fergus; second went to Silvana Sangiuliano of Belwood; third place was Evelyn Robson of Belwood, and honourable mention was awarded to Julie Goudie of R R #2 Fergus.
In the student division first place went to Lily Van Hisseling of Fergus, while second and third place winners were brothers Jonah and Joshua Doupe of Belwood.
The Society expresses thanks to the judges and to everyone who submitted entries. We encourage everyone to try their hand at writing a short essay and participate in the competi-tion. The subject for the 2019 competition will be announced in the Society’s winter newsletter.
The topic for the 2018 annual writing contest is "My First Summer Job". The closing date for submissions is April 15, 2018.
For more information view the 2018 Writing Contest Poster (PDF).
The Publication Committee always welcomes submissions to our annual journal Wellington County History.
If you have written an essay or article on local history or family related to Wellington County, and would like to share more widely, the committee would be delighted to have a look. They are always keen to have submissions and suggestions for upcoming issues.
Contact the Committee Chair, Helen Aitkin at 519-848-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCHS participated in the Elora Dominion Day parade on Saturday, July 1st. President Ron Hattle and Ev Robson rode in the rumble seat of the 1930 Model A Ford owned by Merv (driving) and Winnie Conley of Elora.
WCHS participated in the Canada 150th Event “Moments that Matter” which was held in the village of Belwood on Wednesday evening June 28, 2017. Photo is of President Ron Hattle and Treasurer Kathy Bouma hosting our table of information.