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2014 - 2015 Meetings

Rescheduled to Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Archaeologists have found evidence of an advanced honey-producing, beekeeping (apiculture) industry in the ruins of Rehov, Israel dating back to the 10th century BC. The beehives, made of straw and unbaked clay were found in orderly rows of 100 hives. Early Ontario records suggest that many United Empire Loyalists brought bees to Ontario in the 1780s and 1790s after the American Revolution. While most of us associate bees with honey we should also remember that about one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees. Meaford beekeeper, Richard Elzby, will review the history of beekeeping, tell us about his operation and discuss the threats of modern pesticides to the beekeeping industry.

Coordinator: Wayne Bryant 519.538.2558

Location : Terrace Room, Meaford Hall 12 Nelson St. East, Meaford


Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Potluck Lunch at 12:00 pm, meeting 1:30 pm Markdale

Many members of our Society are keenly interested in genealogy and family history. This is an opportunity to share your research, your family tree, your family photos and family stories with fellow Historical Society members. There will be lots of space for you to display your work. Some members of the Bruce and Grey Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be on hand to share their expertise with you. Come and enjoy a pot luck lunch followed by an interesting afternoon of sharing family history.

Coordinator: Janet Iles 519.376.2105

Location: Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, 14 George St. Markdale


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm Harmony Centre, Owen Sound

In November, 2012, Owen Sound community members came together to preserve the beautiful and historic Knox United Church. It is now known as Harmony Centre Owen Sound and is home for arts education, performance and poverty alleviation efforts. Come and enjoy a tour of this special community jewel. Find out how a historic building has been turned into a valuable multi - purpose facility by a dedicated group of citizens. You will also hear about its architecture and its past history.

Coordinator: Susan Schank 519.376.7630

Location: 890 4th Ave. East, Owen Sound


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm Owen Sound

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre was incorporated in November 2013. It is operated by a group of volunteers committed to saving the Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museum in its present location and providing this essential community resource with a viable and sustainable future. You are invited to come and learn how this grass roots organization was formed and what their plans are for the future. As well our guest speaker, local historian Scott Cameron, will share his knowledge about the artifacts, models and photos displayed in the Centre. A short annual business meeting will follow the general meeting.

Coordinator: Frank Bassingthwaite 519.538.3661

Location: 1155 1st Ave. West, Owen Sound


Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Owen Sound

The 48th annual dinner of the GCHS will be held in the Georgian Shores United Church auditorium with a social hour beginning at 5:00 pm followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Aly Boltman. Aly is a Jill-of All Trades with more than 15 years business management and arts management experience in the charitable and business sectors. She holds a BFA from Concordia University, a certificate in Museum Studies from the OMA and was a former auctioneer and accredited appraiser of antiques and fine art with the international Society of Appraisers. Since moving to Grey County more than 11 years ago Aly has developed a passion for writing, researching and public speaking, advocating for and focusing on local history. Her writing has appeared in numerous local publications. She is currently working on her first work of historical fiction about the life of Margaret (Mag) Matthews, early Canadian sex trade worker and prohibition era bootlegger whose colourful legend is now entering its third century. Aly’s talk for the evening is entitled Learn Local: Get Vocal

Coordinator : Janet Iles 519.376.2105

Location: Georgian Shores United Church, 997 4th Ave. East

Watch for details regarding costs and registration deadlines in February.

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