Local history in your hands
David Yates’ first published book ‘Out of the Woods’ officially launched
David Yates’ first published book ‘Out of the Woods’ is available for purchase at The Book Peddler and Fincher’s. The book, a compilation of stories inspired by local history, was launched last week at the Huron County Museum in Goderich.
In David Yates’ first published book, ‘Out of the Woods’ is a compilation of stories about the first 10,000 years of Huron County history. Ranging from the end of the last ice age to Armistice Day 1918, the book is comprised of 77 stories drawn from across Huron County.
Last week, appropriately hosted at the Huron County Museum, Yates officially launched his book to the public.
Not green to writing stories on the history of the county, Yates’ book covers the county’s social, indigenous, military, criminal, economic and political history. “Having written over 560 stories on the county’s history for the local papers since 2007, I never ceased to be amazed at how much history on land, air and sea there is here,” explains Yates.
It’s not just the “greats” that make the county’s history interesting for Yates. Although an incredibly fertile field of historical figures and events, Yates believes the average people and how they lived in rural Ontario to be far more fascinating.
“These are people who lived by the courage of their convictions. It’s interesting to look at people who thrived and survived under the most dire conditions,” Yates says. When Yates began writing local history 12 years ago, he admittedly believed there might only be six months worth of material. Over the years Yates enjoyed discovering the past through research and writing and doubts he could ever run out of content.
Another local historian, Reg Thompson, helped bring the book to life. Thompson suggested the title ‘Out of the Woods’.
Colleen Maguire, a local historian, was an integral piece to bring ‘Out of the Woods’ to fruition.
David Yates signing a copy of his book