Evenings in History

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

St. Andrew’s Church, Norfolk Street

“True Stories of Love and Loss: The Rural Diary Archive Website”

Dr. Catharine Wilson, Redelmeier Professor in Rural History, University of Guelph

February 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Dr. Catharine Wilson is an award-winning scholar and teacher at the University of Guelph whose passion is Rural History. Wilson’s current research is reciprocal work “bees” in 19th and 20th century Ontario–barn raisings, threshing and quilting bees. This project employs old farm diaries and builds on an innovative, award-winning pilot study. Cathy discovered these diaries during her current research and the “Rural Diary Archive” website showcases over 130 Ontario diarists from 1800 to 1960. Her presentation will acquaint you with these people from the past. You will learn about their stories of love and loss and how volunteers are transcribing these diaries online making them a rich resource for future researchers.