by Michael Whittaker
In contribution to Merrickville-Wolford 225 celebrations, the Merrickville and District Historical Society has lined up 15 events from May to September to commemorate our history and heritage in the broadest strokes.
The MDHS kicks off the Society’s contribution to M-W 225 on Sunday, May 27, at 2 pm in the Merrickville Legion. Roger Stevens and William Merrick, the first Loyalists to bring their families to the Great Falls on the Rideau River, will be presented by Michael Whittaker.
The following Sunday, June 3, Natasha Smoke Santiago is returning with her family of Haudenosaunee/ Mohawk dancers and storytellers. Their presentation will be in Blockhouse Park at 2 pm.. A rain location will be announced. We regret Ms. Smoke’s Saturday pottery workshop has been cancelled.
Akwesasne historian, Darren Bonaparte, is bringing his wampum exhibit to the Blockhouse Museum the weekend of June 9-10. Wampum, made from purple and white shell beads, was used by Eastern Woodland First Nations for ornamental, ceremonial, diplomatic, and commercial uses.
Klee Wick, the name given to artist Emily Carr by First Nation people of the Pacific Coast early in the 20th century, is the subject of Merrickville writer, Laurie Carter’s, talk at 2 pm, Sunday, June 17, at the Merrickville Legion. Ms. Carter has authored two books about Emily Carr.
The official season opening of the Blockhouse Museum is Saturday, June 23. The MDHS is awaiting confirmation that Les Voltigeurs de Québec will send a representative to receive the 1890’s Volitigeur tunic and kepi deaccessioned from the Museum’s collection. The Voltigeur’s museum in Quebec City has recently reopened after their armoury was partially destroyed by fire in 2008. There will be music, re-enactors and other activities.
As July approaches, expect further information covering the MDHS activities for July, August, and September.