Archive for October, 2011

The making of a hero


Maria Moncur with action figure of Sir Isaac Brock

The Archives was packed last night to hear Maria Moncur’s deconstruction of the myth of Sir Isaac Brock, ‘The Hero of Upper Canada’ in the War of 1812. Maria looked at the way in which stories attach themselves to historical figures and become part of the common knowledge around such people, without necessarily having much relationship to historical facts. Maria noted, for example, the first appearance of Sophia Shaw as a love interest in Brock’s tale, some 95 years after the death of the man himself.

Our thanks to Maria for a very entertaining evening!

Our next speaker will be Marc Seguin, who will be talking about the lighthouses of Prince Edward County in Picton Town Hall on Thursday, November 17th at 7pm. We hope to see you there.


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Fall events

Coming up soon:

Storytelling and the War of 1812, a talk by Maria Moncur

Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Archives in Wellington

Maria Moncur is a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University. Although she is an American by birth, she discovered Canadian history during her undergraduate
studies at the University of Minnesota, and has ever since been fascinated by the complexities of U.S. / British North American relations during the pre-Confederation period. Her presentation will focus on War of 1812 storytelling in New York and Upper Canada / Ontario between 1815 and 1915.

Prince Edward’s Lighthouses, a talk by Marc Seguin

Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Picton Town Hall (Corner
of Ross and King Street)

A presentation about the history and architecture of the endangered lighthouses of Prince Edward County.

All welcome: admission is free but donations are always welcome to help cover expenses. Refreshments will be served.

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