The Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society is committed to preserving the stories and the artifacts, manuscripts and photographs that serve to illustrate the history of Millbrook, Cavan and the surrounding district in south central Ontario (Canada) for the present and future generations. It also seeks to inspire interest in the value of local history by keeping the stories alive.
The Historical Society brings community members and visitors together on a regular basis to broaden and deepen our knowledge and understanding of the history of this area. We bring a variety of speakers to our gatherings over the course of each year.
On Thursday, May 23, we invite you to our Annual General Meeting when we are excited to feature Tara Lemper and Clarke Stanley from 4th Line Theatre, on the subject 'Costuming: Creation and Care'. This will be an animating and engaging presentation: both speakers are highly accomplished and passionate about the work they do. For a more detailed description, please go to our Coming Events page. The AGM will be held at St. Thomas Church Hall on Centre Sreet in Millbrook, beginning at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 23. The parking lot for the hall is on Manor Drive, west of the Millbrook Manor. We will also be holding a 'bucket raffle' to raise funds for an audio recorder in order to begin our Oral Histories Project. $10 will buy 10 tickets for a variety of great prizes. There will also be refreshments and a social time. All are welcome.
Our most recent event took place on Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.:
"A Man's Quest to Redeem His Past" was the subject of a talk by author and journalist James FitzGerald. In a fascinating and revealing talk, James traced his roots from Irish Protestant immigrant origins in the Millbrook-Cavan area to international fame in the field of medicine: an intense psychological drama, a mystery, social and medical history, a hard-won escape from a family curse. For a more detailed description, please visit our Coming Events page.
We also answer all genealogy inquiries and help in directing those tracing family roots to relevant resources. A key local resource is 'This Green & Pleasant Land - Chronicles of Cavan Township' originally printed in 1990 by the Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society. We have reproduced this volume on DVD or a 2 CD set. The entire 465 page volume, including 130 family histories and Tremaine's 1861 map of the township showing landowners, is fully searchable in the DVD/CD format, and is available for $20 (plus postage) from the Historical Society.
Our newspaper indexing project is one of our major projects, as we work in partnership with the Ontario Genealogy Society. We are also embarking on an Oral Histories project.
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