Stylish his­tory show

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff The Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will be rolling out the plaid, so to speak, when mem­bers present a his­tory of 1900s fash­ion at the Her­itage Fair in Corn­wall.

The dis­play fea­tur­ing var­i­ous ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing and pho­to­graphs will be part of the Corn­wall and area Her­itage Fair that will be held Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corn­wall Square Shop­ping Cen­tre.

“We’ll bring a few sam­ples of clothes we have that have been do­nated to us or on loan from us and will pro­vide a lit­tle bit of his­tory on our own group,” said DHS pres­i­dent Frances Fraser. She added the ar­ti­cles will date from 1900 to the 1950s.

“We wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” said Ms. Fraser, re­call­ing that last year, the so­ci­ety paid trib­ute to World War I veter­ans.

This will be the fourth year the or­ga­ni­za­tion has par­tic­i­pated. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity to spread the word that we ex­ist and that we are do­ing things,” she said. “We thought it would be an at­trac­tive way to get the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence,” she added. “Ev­ery­one is in­ter­ested in old pho­tos and old cos- tumes.”

Ms. Fraser, who is de­bat­ing whether she will don a pe­riod cos­tume, ob­served: “We get to know the peo­ple who are there; we share the same in­ter­ests. Some­times we have in­for­ma­tion they want and some­times they have in­for­ma­tion we want on our his­tory. Ev­ery­thing over­laps.”

The fair, or­ga­nized by Her­itage Corn­wall, will con­sist of dis­plays by 10 or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Ms. Fraser adds this is “a bit of an in-be­tween year” for his­tory lovers since next year, 2017, is the 150th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion.

The Stor­mont- Dun­dasGlen­garry His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is also ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate.

The Her­itage Fair is part of Canada’s Her­itage Week ac­tiv­i­ties, run­ning from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 20. Mu­nic­i­pal her­itage groups and his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties across Canada will be hav­ing events to cel­e­brate lo­cal his­tory. This year’s theme is Dis­tinc­tive Des­ti­na­tions: Ex­pe­ri­ence his­toric places.

“We would like to think that peo­ple view­ing the dis­plays will con­nect with their past and look at his­tory and her­itage as an in­te­gral part of their cur­rent ex­is­tence,” said lo­cal fair or­ga­nizer Deb­bie Le­doux.

BOOST: The Eazy Cruis­ers Street Club has do­nated $500 to the Alexan­dria chap­ter of Jump­start. The sum was matched by the Alexan­dria Sco­tia­bank branch. (From left) Club mem­bers Paul Tenger, Dave Brooker, Brian Le­groux, Scott New­ton, and Roddy John­son,...

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