Glengarry Pioneer Museum honours
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 glengarrypioneermuseum.ca or call 613-527-5230.