A com­pi­la­tion of sto­ries cov­er­ing Huron County’s his­tory

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion -

In ac­cor­dance to the abun­dance of his­tory to delve into, Yates found the big­gest dif­fi­culty writ­ing ‘Out of the Woods’ was choos­ing the sto­ries to tell. “There were so many to choose from that couldn’t be in­cluded in this book, which hope­fully will be in the next. I’m al­ready pick­ing the next batch of sto­ries,” Yates says. Yates is thank­ful to the Huron Branch of the On­tario Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety for pro­vid­ing fund­ing for the book. Two other lo­cal his­to­ri­ans, Colleen Maguire and Reg Thomp­son, who both helped bring the book to fruition, also as­sisted Yates.

“I hope ‘Out of the Woods’ ap­peals to any­one with an in­ter­est in Huron County his­tory. Huron County’s his­tory is so rich and var­ied that there should be some­thing of in­ter­est to any­one,” re­marks Yates.

Over the years writ­ing for Huron County Fo­cus and Goderich Sig­nal Star, Yates had gath­ered enough ma­te­rial for a book.

“Don’t let any­one tell you that we don’t have a unique cul­ture, her­itage or tra­di­tions. That cul­ture needs to be cel­e­brated, hon­oured and pre­served be­cause we are a re­ally unique cul­tural en­tity here,” adds Yates.

Yates hopes any­one read­ing ‘Out of the Woods’ would find that out. This is the first book in what Yates hopes to be the first of sev­eral. Up­wards of 60 books were pur­chased at the book launch event last week and a large num­ber of peo­ple had pre-or­dered a copy. ‘Out of the Woods’ is avail­able for $25 at Fincher’s and The Book Ped­dler.

KATHLEEN SMITH/GODERICH SIG­NAL STAR

Yates has ten­ta­tive plans for an­other edi­tion, with an abun­dance of rich his­tory to draw from.

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