It’s November, which means it’s time for the Merrickville and District Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 26 at the Merrickville Legion. As we’ve done in past years, we combine this bit of business with a thought-provoking speaker and a tasty dinner. You don’t have to be a member to join us for this entertaining presentation entitled “Public History: How We Use and Abuse the Past.”
History is all around us. Evidence of past events, peoples, and places unavoidably inform our everyday lives. What we collectively choose to remember, and to forget, speaks volumes about who we are and the lives we live. Join Trent University professor Michael Eamon for a spirited talk on the intersection of history, heritage, and memory and how we shape the past to fit our present lives. Michael Eamon has a background in cultural heritage having worked for institutions such as Parks Canada, Library and Archives Canada, Historica, and the Ontario Heritage Trust. He is also an historian of the eighteenth century whose publications, including the critically-acclaimed book Imprinting Britain (2015), investigates print culture and social networks in early Canada. He lives in Peterborough where he is the principal of Trent University’s Catharine Parr Traill College.
Doors open at 6 pm with dinner to start at 7 pm and a short AGM to follow. The Legion will cater a full roast chicken dinner including the Legion’s ever-wonderful pies for dessert.
Tickets are $30/person and must be reserved by Monday, November 18 by contacting Gillian Gray at 613-269-4236 or firstname.lastname@example.org