Branching Out 1985

December 1985

Grand River Branch 

A very good half year with fine choice of speakers showing us how to use our family histories as a way to deeper interest in the Loyalist story.

In July, the club visited the Wilson MacDonald School Museum at Cheapside. On August 18, there was a large turnout at Port Dover to hear Mr. Laton Smith speak on “Gone With the Wind”, an illustrated lecture on the Civil War letters of his ancestor.

In September, we met at the new museum in Waterford to hear the branch president, Mrs. Doris Wilson, and Mrs. Glen Bell speak on the topic “U.E.L. Abroad”.  They described their visits to Greece and gave an illustrated account of the history or this classic land – an example of interest in a long historical development.

In October we met in Waterloo to hear Professor Hugh MacCrimmon, president of Hamilton Branch, speak on branch objectives for projects for the 80’s; and on November 24th, also at Waterloo to hear Canon Ralph Spence of Burlington speak on :our Flags and their Origins”.  At the same meeting, we held our gift sale and pre-Christmas party.

We must also mention some of our members attending the kick-off of the fundraising for the restoration of Chiefswood.

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