by Ann Martin
Join the Merrickville and District Historical Society on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm at the Merrickville Legion for a look at the underside of 19th century Ontario as they welcome Elysia DeLaurentis of Oakenwood Research Services. Elysia will recall neighbours keeping the behaviour of fellow community members in check using traditional forms of ritualized violence, usually for repeated immoral behaviour – adultery, sexual abuse, spousal abuse, rampant alcoholism etc. It’s not a light, happy topic, but a solid history of how communities across Ontario dealt with very real and difficult issues.
Elysia DeLaurentis founded Oakenwood Research Services out of a passion for local history. Based in Elora in southwestern Ontario, she has spent countless hours conducting detailed research in archives throughout the province and beyond, has given presentations on historical and genealogical topics, authored articles, and compiled and co-edited the book Remembering Pilkington Township: Lives, Loves, and Labour (with Debra Nash-Chambers Ph.D., Wellington County Historical Society, 2006). Elysia holds an Honours B.A. in Art History from the University of Guelph and an M.A. in History from the University of Waterloo. She also draws on over twenty years’ experience working in archives and with historical organizations to provide her clients with professional and timely answers to their questions about the past. Admission is free.