Join the Merrickville and District Historical Society on Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm at the Merrickville Legion as they welcome Elysia DeLaurentis of Oakenwood Research Services. Her talk “Tarred and Feathered: Rough Justice in 19th-Century Ontario” will explain the traditional ways by which communities sought to keep the moral behaviour of fellow members in check. When grievances were repeated or deemed particularly severe, such as for domestic abuse or adultery, neighbours at times resorted to the tried-and-true methods of ritualized violence to drive home their message. Though not a light topic, her presentation will offer a solid look at this important social aspect of 19th-century life.
Elysia DeLaurentis founded Oakenwood Research Services out of a passion for local history. Based in southwestern Ontario, she has worked in the heritage field for many years, combining skills and experience gained from working in archives, and with historical and heritage groups, to uncover the history behind the homes, families, and events that make the province unique. In addition, she welcomes the opportunity to research, write, and share local history through articles, books, and presentations. Elysia has a background in Art History and Folklore, and holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Waterloo. Admission is free.