Stylish history show
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.
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