WELCOME! The Bayfield Historical
Society in the Village of Bayfield, Ontario, is dedicated to recording
and preserving our rich historical legacy for future generations. The
Historical Society discovers, collects, classifies, publishes and
presents materials concerning the history of Bayfield and its people.
MONTHLY MEETING â€“ MONDAY, 24TH FEB 2014
The featured speaker at the Historical Societyâ€™s speakers series event on Monday, February 24, 7:30 pm at the Lions Building, will be Bill â€śSnakebiteâ€ť Ferguson, who will talk about his book entitled, â€śMy Motherâ€™s Cousin and Other Memorable Charactersâ€ť.
The book is filled with stories about the characters he met in his colourful life in the mining industry. Ferguson and his wife recently moved to Goderich.
â€śSnakebiteâ€ť Ferguson was born in the Transvaal, South Africa and worked as a prospector for De Beers in Tanzania in the early 1960s which was the start of his long career in mining. In addition to mining gold in South Africa, he spent many years in Canada mining for uranium, nickel and other precious metals.
Ferguson said his book, published in 2008, was inspired by a cousin of his mother who he called his â€śUncleâ€ť Robert and who he describes as an â€śArchie Bunkerâ€ť type. His â€śUncleâ€ť was a Scottish national and anti-English and could be abrasive and outspoken but also soft hearted.
2014 memberships are now available for purchase for $20.00. Please contact Bud or Pat Langley at 519-565-2894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 COLLECTOR SHOW AND EXHIBITION
A live auction of local food products will be a big draw for the 14th annual BHS Collector Show and Exhibition to be held on the weekend of April 12th and 13th. The event will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The live auction will immediately follow the Opening Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and MP Ben Lobb will again serve as auctioneer.
The exhibition will feature an assortment of collections from around South Western Ontario. The collectors are eager to explain the history of their objects and why they are passionate about their collections. The show has become known as the largest and best-attended collectorsâ€™ exhibition in South Western Ontario.
In addition to the collectorsâ€™ displays and the live auction, there will be a silent auction with over 100 items donated by local merchants and friends of the BHS. The silent auction closes at 4 p.m. on the Sunday.
Tim Saunders, local antiques expert, will again this year offer his ever-popular Antiques Appraisal Service (on the Sunday only) to assess the provenance and value of peopleâ€™s treasures.
Last year a number of sponsors made financial donations to help defray the costs of putting on the event and the BHS greatly appreciates their support:. Bill Dowson, Mayor of Bluewater; Ben Lobb, Huron Bruce MP; The Docks Restaurant, Bayfield; Willow Lake Design Signs & Graphics, Bayfield; Pharmasave, Bayfield; Autopro Bayfield Garage, Bayfield; D. Grant Construction, London; Hill & Hill Farms Ltd., Varna; BMRoss & Associates Limited, Goderich; Goderich Print Shop, Goderich; Thompsons, Hensall; Hensall District Co Âop, Hensall and Kildonan House B & B, Clinton. The BHS is grateful to them all.
For further information on the event, please contact Phil Gemeinhardt (519-482-9230) or Binnie Sturgeon (519-565-2376).
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The Archives Room,
The Archives Room, established in 1977 is housed in a historic clapboard building that was built in 1893. It originally served as a furniture/undertaker’s business. In 1929, it operated as a grocery store and in the 1940’s, local fishermen used it to build, repair and store their nets.
In 1964, Dorothy and Harold Ormand purchased and donated the building for the community. It was moved to its present location at 20 Main Street North in Bayfield in 1977. It is open May to November, Wednesday and Saturdays: 1-5PM
The Bayfield Archive’s mandate is to collect, record and preserve local history. Collections include photos, postcards, genealogy, cemetery records, maps and assessment rolls for research
The Bayfield Historical Society is registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) as a charitable corporation. The Society issues tax receipts in line with Canadian Taxation guidelines for donations, gifts and bequests of money, material assets and property according to the conditions made by the donor. You can help support the activities of the Historical society with your generous donations.