Unless otherwise stated, these meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the last Friday of the month (except December, July and August) in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.
After our AGM, which will start at 1 pm, David Raymont, president of the York Pioneer and Historical Society in Toronto (www.yorkpioneers.org), will present a previously unpublished memoir of Sir William Howland, a Father of Confederation. The memoir was published by the York Pioneer and Historical Society in co-operation with Heritage York (www.lambtonhouse.org).
Howland’s lively memoir includes memories of setting up the first government of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, as well as memories of his childhood in upstate New York and vivid portraits of political leaders including George-Étienne Cartier, George Brown, William Lyon Mackenzie and Alexander Galt. Howland defied his political leader to stay in the coalition government and helped ensure Confederation became a fact.