Heritage Dinner 2009
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Dr. Andrew D. Nicholls, Associate Professor of History at Buffalo State University New York, delivered a dramatic history presentation to a crowd of close to 150 people at the 18th annual Huronia Museum fund-raising dinner, held at the Midland Legion on Saturday, April 18th, 2009. It was an overview of an upcoming book he is in the process of publishing. It covered topics of Samuel D. Champlain, the little-known incident of the Kirke brothers and the impact of Canada’s first war on the French and the Hurons. His presentation included personal anecdotes and thanks to many of the people who provided encouragement and leads such as Shirley Whittington and Paul Delaney, during his years working as a historical interpreter and staff supervisor at Sainte-Marie, as well as his former Midland Secondary School teachers.
Guests were presented with a gift of Paul Delaney and Dr. Nicholl’s first book, “After the Fire”.
The evening was well attended by many of the local politicians from as far away as Orillia. Eilleen Carroll, Minister of Culture and her husband, Kevin Carroll from Barrie attended as guests of Rod and Fran Ferguson and Grace and Miles Blackhurst. Among others in attendance from Peterborough were Martha Kidd, widow of the late Kenneth Kidd, who was responsible for the excavation of Sainte-Marie One and Professor of Anthropology at Trent University, Ms Susan Jamieson
Co-hosts for the evening were Miles Blackhurst, Chairman, and Jamie Hunter, Director of Huronia Museum.
A silent auction rounded out the evening and raised over $2000.00 for the museum.
L/R Museum Board Member John Raynor having his gift copy of “After the Fire” signed by Dr. Andrew D. Nicholl
Article & photo by Bill Northcott 526 2276