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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm O.S.C.V.I. Owen Sound

Dave Alexander and Ryan McManaman, history teachers at OSCVI, received the Governor General’s Award for excellence in Teaching History in November 2014. These teachers introduced local history to their students by assigning them to research and study individual former OSCVI students who served and were killed during the First and Second World Wars. From this research the students developed “soldier packs” of digitized information on their assigned soldiers. This inspiring project found the students taking responsibility for preserving the memory of local soldiers who died at about their own age. The teachers and some of their students will be making a presentation on their special project in the Theatre Arts Room of OSCVI. This will be followed by a visit to the Memorial hall and the Heritage room to observe the projects firsthand.

Coordinator: Wayne Bryant 519.538.2558

Location: OSCVI , 1550 8th St. E. Owen Sound

No Meetings in December 2015 and January 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Potluck Lunch at 12:00 pm, meeting at 1:30 pm

Markdale Many members of our Society have collections of old photos depicting the history of Grey County and its citizens. These photos show places, people, buildings, events, landmarks etc. all of which are significant to the history of our area. We invite you to bring a selection of your favourite old photos to this meeting. You may bring them in whatever format you wish, album, poster, etc. A brief description of each photo would be of interest, e.g., name, place, time, and significance. There will be lots of display room. Please come with your photos for an enjoyable time of sharing the past in Grey County.

Coordinator Frank Bassingthwaite 519.538.3661

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Meaford Museum

The Meaford Museum was originally built in 1885 as the town’s water pumping house. Later it was turned into the Public Utilities Offices and finally in 1961, after a sizeable donation of historical memorabilia was received by the town, it became the Meaford Museum. Since that time several renovations, additions and improvements have been made creating the new Meaford Museum as an interactive and exciting hub of local history. There have been many fascinating people who have called Meaford home. Come, tour the Museum and find about one, John Muir. Learn who he was, how he relates to Meaford and what legacy he left our world.

Coordinator: Jody Seeley 519.379.6697

Location: 111 Bayfield St. Meaford

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm Durham

In 1853 Jacob Kuntz transported his wife and family to Canada from Germany. He brought with him a tradition of brewing German lager beer and established a brewery in the small German speaking village of Carlsruhe in Bruce County. In his unique will, Jacob Kuntz left the Lion Brewery to his 18 year old grandson, David Schwan. Later David and his brother William expanded the operation to Owen Sound, a bustling, raucous harbor town overflowing with sailors and dockworkers with a strong thirst for beer and whiskey. Four generations of the Schwan family survived in the brewery business even in the face of temperance movements and prohibition. Guest speaker Terry Schwan will be talking about the Schwan Breweries in Carlsruhe and Owen Sound and connections to other breweries in the area including the Eaton Brewery in Owen Sound.

Coordinator: Frank Bassingthwaite 519.538.3661

Location: Zion Hall, Knox United Church, Durham 236 Garafraxa St. North, Durham

GCHS 49th Annual Dinner

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 The Royal Canadian Legion, Owen Sound

Why were the Polish Soldiers in Owen Sound in 1941–1942? In 1939, the Nazis overran Poland on three sides. Poland, the first nation invaded in WWII, was not prepared to resist a German Army three times its size. On the 27th day of the war, out of ammunition, their country totally bombed and burned, and no water for five days, Poland surrendered; yet their men and women continued to resist. Unconquered in spirit, many men made their way to France where a Polish Army was reformed. Within a few months, 92,000 men fought in the Battle of France, continuing for seven days after the collapse of France. Some of these brave men then fought in the Battle of Narvik, until backed up in the fjords of Norway. General Sikorski flew to London and said to Churchill, “If you will come and get my men, we will fight for you.” Rescued, an independent army was formed in Scotland. In 1941, a Recruiting Station and Army Training Centre was established in Windsor and Owen Sound. Lisa Marie Murphy-Gemmill, a history major and researcher at the UWO, will give a visual presentation entitled, “Poland Has Not Yet Perished: The story of the Polish Soldiers in Owen Sound”. Come and hear this little known history and its affects on the social life of a small Canadian town.

5 pm Social Hour, 6:00 Dinner, 7:30 Guest Speaker

Coordinator: Paula Niall – 519-372-0225

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