Excellent Crowds History Open House 2019 was held at Brighton on Saturday, February 23, 2019, with big crowds and lots of fun. The vendors had interesting displays and the videos shown by the BDA were the talk of the event. Thanks to all who attended! Your interest makes the effort worthwhile! This was our 7th annual event and, hopefully, more to come.
Brighton Digital Archives (BDA): VIDEOS The Brighton Digital Archives set up a theatre for viewing their videos. Many visitors sat down and enjoyed the collection of videos which were replayed on a schedule during the event. This was a big hit and generated a lot of comment and discussion. The videos are available on the BDA web site and on YouTube. And, stay tuned. There are more videos coming.....
Heritage Tea: The local Women's Institutes provided the Heritage Tea, back by popular demand. Visitors to HOH sat and relaxed and enjoyed tasty treats while visiting with friends and neighbours. This is an integral part of HOH, now for 7 years, and may be the main reason some folks come to the event. That's great. It is meant to be a social event where community gets together. Thanks WI's.
Dan Buchanan, The History Guy of Brighton - Archives of Brighton The History Guy had his normally extensive displays of Brighton history, with boards galore. The Latimer Photos scrolled by on a big screen and folks watched for their relatives to come up. The Tobey Book, on loan from the Library, was a popular item. Several people sat and looked through this extensive collection of Brighton history. The most engaged may have been Steven Tobey. Hmmm.... some connection there???!!!
Susan Brose, Historian of Brighton Susan Brose had her books at HOH 2019 but was most involved in the administration of the HOH event itself. She was there early Friday to set up the floor and supervise vendor setups. She was there all through the event, helping make things run smoothly in all sorts of ways. HOH 2019 was a success due to your efforts! Thanks Susan!
Bud and Jill Guertin: Bud and Jill Guertin displayed a small part of their collection of old post cards as well as interesting items such as the old Card pump. These folks are avid antique collectors and were the source for the Crown Grant of 1803 recently donated to the municipality and on display at HOH 2019 in the History Guy's area. Keep up the good work, Bud and Jill!
Proctor House Museum The folks from Proctor House Museum had an interesting display again this year, along with knowledgeable volunteers to explain the details. Proctor House is an important heritage site for both the building and the collections. Thanks Proctor House Museum!
Women's Institutes The Codrington Women's Institute and the Community-York Road Women's Institutes had displays (Cod's showing here) which always add to the event. As custodians of significant archive collections, the WI's are active in local history projects, on top of the wonderful community service they provide. Thanks for participating, WI's.
Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment Museum The Regimental Museum is now located at the Belleville Armouries and lots of improvements are on the way. Their display was just outside the BDA Theatre and featured an old machine gun; what better way to start a discussion. Thanks for coming to HOH 2019.
Bottles, stoneware, photos, antiques … lots of stiff: Back again at HOH was Robert McLaughlin with his bottles and stoneware collection and not far away, Harry Tackaberry displayed his fascinating collection of antiques, photos and .. well, old stuff. Thanks for participating, folks.
Brighton Public Library and Friends of Presqu'ile: These two important local institutions were represented at HOH 2019, as in previous years. They are always a good sources of discussion and interest. Thanks for participating!