Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum hon­ours

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Peggi Calder, of Dun­ve­gan, Dou­glas and Ste­wart Irvine, of Lochiel, and their late sis­ter Dorothy Irvine will be hon­oured by the Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum at its April 20 potluck sup­per and an­nual meet­ing at 6 p.m at the Dun­ve­gan Recre­ation Hall.

The Irvines will re­ceived the “Pi­o­neer Award” in recog­ni­tion of their years of ded­i­cated work to pre­serve the her­itage and en­hance the cul­tural life of Glen­garry and area. Peggi Calder will be rec­og­nized for her work as a vol­un­teer. Loyal and gen­er­ous sup­port­ers of the mu­seum, the Irvines have been vig­or­ous cham­pi­ons of the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing our lo­cal her­itage.

Known for hav­ing deep roots in the town­ship, Dorothy Irvine was a world trav­eller, art his­to­rian, teacher and ar­chi­tec­tural tech­ni­cian, and was in­stru­men­tal in pub­lish­ing two books, “The Stone Build­ings of North Glen­garry” and “The Churches of North Glen­garry,” and brought the Loy­al­ist rose to the mu­seum grounds.

Ste­wart, who is an avid re-en­ac­tor and mil­i­tary his­tory buff, who vol­un­teers with the Greys and Blues of Mon­treal, has been a big sup­porter of the 1812 Re-en­act­ment Week­end at the mu­seum. He was heav­ily in­volved in the erec­tion of a plaque at the Lost Vil­lages to com­mem­o­rate the Cana­di­ans who fought in the war.

Dou­glas’s in­ter­ests lie in lo­cal his­tory and ge­neal­ogy. A val­ued mem­ber of the Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and a mem­ber of the Dalkeith Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion board, he has been a loyal sup­porter of the mu­seum’s Har­vest Fall Fes­ti­val.

“The Irvines have been strong and some­times silent sup­port­ers over many years, re­flect­ing their long-time com­mit­ment to the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing Glen­garry’s cul­tural her­itage. They have been true guardians,” says mu­seum cu­ra­tor and ad­min­is­tra­tor Jen­nifer Black. Peggi Calder, who was a long-time Dun­ve­gan colum­nist for

has been a de­voted sup­porter of the mu­seum and its events, and has been over the years board sec­re­tary and lun­cheon vol­un­teer un­der Flora Chisholm’s tute­lage.

Known for her ex­per­tise in wild ed­i­bles, she has spo­ken on the topic on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Mrs. Calder was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing An­gus McRae’s trap­per’s cabin from Maxville, and as­so­ci­ated col­lec­tion, along with an oral his­tory, to the mu­seum.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion visit glen­gar­ry­p­i­oneer­mu­ or call 613-527-5230.

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