Smiths Falls –The Smiths Falls & District Historical Society kicks off their 2019 speakers series on March 21st with Annual General Meeting and special guest Larry Cotton.
Larry Cotton will lead a fascinating history of bootlegging, brewing, taverns, hotels and lore from the region’s thirsty history, including the Town of Smiths Falls. Author and Publisher Larry D. Cotton is a resident of the Town of Perth and has written a collection of Whiskey & Wickedness books covering all across Ontario. Bring your stories from our famous Smiths Falls hotels and join the discussion. The society will hold a brief Annual General Meeting before the presentation. Members are asked to renew their membership to be able to vote during the AGM. Annual membership is only $15 per person and gives entry to regular speaker series events for FREE. Please join us for engaging speakers covering a variety of topics that celebrate our local heritage.
On April 18th, just in time for the spring planting season, the Historical Society presents horticulture expert, Brian Henderson (B.Sc. Agriculture) to discuss the Heirloom Gardens of Upper Canada Village. Since 2008 and (currently) Brian has been employed by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission as Historical Lead Horticulture Interpreter at Upper Canada Village. He is responsible in selecting and ordering all of the heirloom flower and vegetable seeds. Brian designs the flower beds at various sites in the village depicting what a person might have grown during that era according to their station in life or occupation Heirloom vegetable gardens are of great importance and their interpretation to the public are also Brian’s responsibility. Vegetable and Ornamental Gardens are discussed. Gardening methods in Upper Canada from 1820′ to 1860 (Canada west) will be presented.
On May 16th the Society welcomes Mags Gaulden, of Grandma’s Gene’s, who will speak on the Power of DNA. Have you been curious about all the talk on genetic testing and genealogy roots? Mags Gaulden is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. You don’t want to miss this captivating presentation.
Historical Society presentations will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Rotary Hall at the Settlers Ridge Centre, Brockville Street, Smiths Falls. Admission is $5 per person or FREE to Society members. For details or to RSVP, contact:firstname.lastname@example.org, 613-283-6311. Everyone is welcome!