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2014 - 2015 Meetings

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm Summer Picnic at the Baines Farm, Sydenham Township

Our guest speaker will be Mr. Jack Morgan of the Bruce Trail Conservancy which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Mr. Morgan will discuss the history of the Bruce Trail, in particular its land acquisitions here in Grey County. Cornelia and Andrew Baines have graciously agreed to host this meeting at their beautiful and historic Sydenham Township farm. Come for a 5:00 pm pot luck dinner to be followed by an interesting talk by Jack Morgan.

Please bring lawn chairs.

Coordinator: Cornelia Baines 519.371.2429

Location: on the Strathaven Rd. south of the Derry Line, Fire # 557297 Call 519.371.2429 if you get lost.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm Feversham

The village of Feversham is located on part of L. 16, C.9 of Osprey Township in the headwaters of the Beaver River. Before the turn of the century, the river was quite rapid with a fall of about eight feet just below the village which led to the development of grist and sawmills. The village was named after an English gentleman, Lord Feversham, although it was originally called Hungry Hollow. In the 1850s Mr. Edward Horton Esq. laid out a portion of his property into lots and the village began to grow. Come and enjoy a walking tour of this quaint village with local historian, Jill Badgerow.

Coordinator: Frank Bassingthwaite 519.538.3661

Location: Take Hwy. 4 to Grey Rd 2, turn on to Wellington meet at the Feversham Park, 161 Wellington


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm Eugenia

The first electrical generator was built at Eugenia in 1895 producing enough electricity to meet the needs of Eugenia and Flesherton. Eventually a group of local businessmen devised a plan to create a dam and reservoir to overcome the seasonal variation in the flow of the Beaver River. Then in 1914 the Ontario Hydro-Electric power Commission went ahead with the project creating a 490 acre reservoir now known as Lake Eugenia. By 1920 the power plant was producing 4500 kW of electricity. Barbara Pearn will tell us more about the history of this unique hydroelectric generating station which will soon celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Coordinator: Kate Russell 519.924.2843

Location: Eugenia Falls Conservation Area. Take Grey Rd. 13 to Eugenia, if going north turn left on to Pellisier Rd. down the hill to Conservation Area. Pavillion is about 300 ft. to the left.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm Owen Sound

This unique home built in the 1890s by John W. Redfern, a local hardware store owner has a fascinating history. Located beside the Billy Bishop Heritage Museum, it was sold in 1909 to Police Magistrate David Creasor. It eventually became the U.S. Consulate and then the home of Colin Russell of the prominent boat building company for some 52 years. Today it is the elegant home of Michael and Marcella Leeper. GCHS members only will be privileged to tour the home. We will also have the pleasure of meeting local writer and columnist Jennifer McGuire who will tell us about her new magazine, The Tin Roof Press.

Coordinator: Paula Niall 519.372.0225

Note: Members only

Location: 932, 3rd Ave. West, Owen Sound


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm Meaford

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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