Archive for March, 2013

History and a sense of place

Conrad BeaubienGuests and members of the Historical Society enjoyed a fascinating talk yesterday evening by Hillier resident, Conrad Beaubien, who drew upon his years as a writer and film producer to explain the importance of landscapes and our environment in understanding the nature and history of a location.

Conrad described the fascination he felt when coming across the well-preserved brick buildings of Millbrook, Ontario, for the first time and how this led him to later discover the connection between this community and the town of Souris, Manitoba. A party from Millbrook left to establish a new home in Manitoba in 1881.

Conrad also told the story of Joe Augustine, a member of the Red Bank First Nation (now Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation) in New Brunswick, whose memory of his father’s tales of their community’s history led to his discovery of a 2,500-year-old burial mound.

The stories passed down within communities formed the basis for over 100 television programs produced by Conrad in the ‘Sketches of Our Town’ series. In these, interviews with local residents told stories of significance to the communities featured in each episode. The programs are currently being aired on the ‘DejaView’ channel between 6.00 and 7.00am.

Our thanks to Conrad for a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting talk!


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Join us on Thursday for a talk by independent film producer, director and writer, Conrad Beaubien entitled ‘Reasoning the Land: Uncovering History in the Everyday’.

Conrad Beaubien’s work as a writer/storyteller in the mediums of film, television, stage and print has allowed the chance to explore Canada from corner to
corner. His observation is that it is from the landscape that we gather a meaning of place.

Admission is free to all and refreshments will be provided. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses.

Date: March 14

Time: 7.00pm

Place: Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington

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