Steeped in his­tory

Cu­sack to present first lecture in se­ries in Clyde River on Jan. 23

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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