The history group hopes to reconnect at the next conference


‘Our keynote speaker Dave Patterson is definitely a big selling point for us. His approach is somewhat controversial, I understand, but the subject dispels the myths of 1492,” says the organizer

Step back in time next month at the Simcoe County Historical Association’s inaugural historical conference.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum, features keynote speaker Dave Patterson as well as interesting and relevant historical vignettes, behind-the-scenes tours, an event coordinator explained and association secretary Donna Wice.

“It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a while, just because our historic Simcoe County Association (SCHA) lacked impact and lacked connection to people,” she said. BarrieToday. “At the heart of this (event) was connecting with our local historical group, museums, heritage groups and anyone interested in history.”

The theme of the event is “Where history lives again” and the aim is to cover important topics today.

“Our keynote speaker Dave Patterson is definitely a big selling point for us. His approach is somewhat controversial, I understand, but the subject matter dispels the myths of 1492. He tells stories as he knows them about European settlers and Indians, and he uses the word “Indians”, so that’s which we use to promote his speech,” Wice said.

“But he has identified so much so far that we can give credit to First Nations people,” she added. “I think it will focus on all of Canada, but specifically on the points that have affected Simcoe County.”

Although the event was geared towards local historical associations, Wice noted that the conference is open to anyone with a keen interest in the region’s deep historical roots.

“Anyone remotely interested in history is welcome. We still have openings. … They are decreasing, but we still have them. We hope everyone gets something out of this event. In fact, seeing people… and sharing stories of history and that general connection,” she said. “We look forward to bonding and spending a day surrounded by like-minded people.”

Registration is $20 and ends August 31. Attendees can get more information or register by visiting www.simcoecountyhistory.ca/history-conference and following the link.

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