Steeped in history
Cusack to present first lecture in series in Clyde River on Jan. 23
The historical lecture series is set to begin its fourth year this weekend at Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River.
Three presentations will highlight the history of the area.
The first, by Leonard Cusack entitled A Magnificent Gift Declined: The Dalton Sanatorium of Prince Edward Island 19131923 is Saturday, Jan. 23, 1:303:30 p.m.
Cusack’s presentation will be based on his book by the same name that he wrote in 2009. His writing garnered publication of the year, which was presented by the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation. He will describe Island society in the early 1900s and show how the health standards at that time encouraged the spread of tuberculosis. Cusack will also explain why Charles Dalton built a sanatorium in Emyvale and how it operated as a TB hospital between 1916 and 1920.
In addition, he will explain the many bizarre twists and turns that led to the closure and the demise of this health complex.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 6, 1:303:30 p.m., Verna Clow will give present the History of Clow’s Store. Country stores were an important part of the fabric within Island communities over the years.
“Many did not survive, but Clow’s Store in Hampshire is still thriving,” a news release states.
Clow will talk about the history of their store from the early days when Albert Clow first founded it. Her presentation will include photos of the store over the years and how the owners changed with the times while maintaining strong customer loyalty. She will also share some of her favourite stories.
Finally, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Ron MacKinley will present Hockey Talk, Memories of Playing at North River Rink. MacKinley will recount his memories of the early days when teams from local communities went head to head in the game of hockey. He will share stories of the rivalry and the fun.
“Organizers welcome all those who played on the local community teams in the 1960s to attend and chime in with their stories, as Ronnie will likely be talking about you,” a release states.
“We feature warm hospitality with coffee/tea and homemade treats along with tours of our large collection of artifacts and photos highlighting the history of the community,” a news release states.
The centre is located at 718 Clyde River Rd. in Clyde River.