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In recognition of Black History Month and Simcoe County’s own Black Heritage, the Huronia chapter is pleased welcome Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost to speak at our February 27th members meeting.
Our meeting will be held at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Midland starting at 7: PM.
Our meetings are open to the general public at no charge.
Black church in Oro township
Karolyn Smardz Frost
an archaeologist and an historian, Karolyn Smardz Frost explores North
America's rich African American and African Canadian heritage and specializes
in studying and teaching the Underground Railroad in the Great Lakes basin. She
is an adjunct professor at both Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and is
consulting historical archaeologist for the Cataract House hotel excavations in
Niagara Falls, New York.
is also an accomplished author of lively and intriguing narrative non-fiction.
In 2007 Karolyn won the Governor General's Award for I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost
Tale of the Underground Railroad. Her co-edited A Fluid Frontier:
Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River
Borderland (2016), won the Historical Society of Michigan Book Award.
newest volume, Steal Away Home (HarperCollins Canada 2016) tells the
story of Cecelia Jane Reynolds, who at the age of fifteen fled her Kentucky by
way of the Cataract House hotel at Niagara Falls NY. Reaching Toronto she learned
to write and began a correspondence with Fanny, the woman who had once owned
her body, asking the price of her own family's freedom. Thus began a
twenty-year correspondence between a freedom-seeker and her former mistress
that has no parallel in the annals of American slavery.
A finalist for the Atlantic Book and
Heritage Toronto Awards, Steal Away Home won
the Speaker's Award for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the J.J. Talman
Award for the best book in Ontario history over the past three years. The most
exciting news yet is that Steal Away Home
has been optioned for a five-part mini-series by Conquering Lion Pictures,
which produced the Book of Negroes
for television! Karolyn will speak about the archaeology of the Underground
Railroad, and tell the tale of not one but two excavations illuminating the
life of freedom-seeker Cecelia Jane Reynolds.
Beginning the year 2019 in fine style,
on Wednesday, 9 January, 7 p.m. at the
Thompson Room of the North Simcoe Recreation Centre in Midland, our speaker
will be Janet Turner, and her topic will be titled “The Molson Site: A
Proto-Historic First Nations Settlement, Barrie, Ontario.”
Janet Turner, a secondary school
Teacher, was given the unique opportunity to run a Summer School Co-op
Education programme under the direction of Paul Lennox and Gary Warrick in 1985
at the Molson Site in Barrie. Co-op Education was in its infancy at this time,
so 22 chosen students from the five Barrie secondary schools (grades
9-12) received two Grade 11 credits in “Archaeology” for the instruction
they got over a five-week period from the archaeological crew. This was
considered to be a salvage dig as major development was imminent.
Janet was raised on a farm in
Innisfil Township and has always been intensely interested in the history of
the area. The fact that The Molson Site, being located off Harvey Road and in
Innisfil and not yet annexed by Barrie at the time, increased her enthusiasm
for the project.
Janet had been trained by Dr. Dean
Knight and Isobel Ball earlier at the Ball Site off Mount St. Louis Road and
had subsequently written a Grade 12 Curriculum based on her experiences, which
a Twin Lakes Secondary School teacher and other educators used.
Janet would like to share with others
her experiences at the Molson Site as well as the conclusions drawn by Paul Lennox
in his Archaeological Report, mindful of the spirit of Reconciliation.
John ToddThis is the English translation of an introduction to Mr. Gros-Louis' book, 'Les Hurons-Wendats:regards nouveaux':
"This book deals with the history of the Huron-Wendat nation from 1534 to the present day, the culture that this nation shares with the other Iroquoian nations, and the language that is now extinguished, but which is a testimony to the occupation. of the territory. We will see how the legend supports the hypothesis of their occupation of the shores of the St. Lawrence at the time of Jacques Cartier and how this hypothesis is reinforced by linguistic data. It will also be noted that the toponymic data testify to the Wendat's occupation of the north shore of Lake Ontario even after the dispersal of 1650. The Huron language has not been spoken for about 90 years, but it has been well documented by the missionaries, especially the Jesuit Potter, which makes revitalization possible today."