September 18, 2013 the Globe
& Mail featured a photo of Grey Owl feeding a beaver and recognized his birth
125 years ago on
September 18, 1888. He died
just shy of his 50th birthday 75 years ago. The
North BayMuseum had a lengthy exhibit of his
work this spring and the MattawaMuseum opened an exhibition on
September 22 . Grey Owl's remarkable writing and speaking skills on northern
life, conservation, native rights etc. are well remembered.
New Grey Owl exhibit in
The Mattawa exhibition centres on a fine new display of
Grey Owl at his desk in a log cabin writing. It was created by Curator Jane
Leonard and unveiled at the opening. Mattawa's Gertrude Bernard, Grey Owl’s muse
who he called Anahareo is still remembered at the museum with a permanent
exhibit. The new book on Anahareo's life by Kristen Gleeson is available at the
Phil Chester who donated a large collection of work on Grey
Owl to the museum was one of the speakers as was one of the men involved in the
multi million dollar Grey Owl movie in 1999.
Jeanette Lalonde, left, the wife of the late Albert Lalonde, Grey Owl's
grandson, as well as his three great granddaughters and one great great
grandson were at the opening of the Grey Owl exhibit at the Mattawa Museum
to make a direct connection with Grey Owl.
Jules Paivio Remembered.
The architect of the Mattawa Museum Jules Paivio who lived
CameronTownship and was recognized as a
leader and last man standing in the MacKenzie Papineau Canadian batallion in
Spain was also remembered . Paivio
died recently at age 96 and was profiled in an article in the September 30th
Macleans magazine. (Google Heritage Perspectives Paivio for more on Jules)
Good Year for Museums
Local Museums were busy this summer. I visited several.
The Commanda Museum featured refreshments and a unique 1812 display. The
NipissingMuseum was a part of a well planned
NipissingTownship's 125 anniversary.
North Bay which is open all year currently
features a bilingual exhibit the Fur Trade Nation which looks at the Voyageurs
and native people in the trade over 300 years. On until November 30th.
Honey Bees Heritage
There is indisputable evidence that honey bees – the
necessary pollinators of crops and plants – have been dying en masse. The North
Bay Heritage Gardeners will feature a special evening on the issue on October 9th
at Discovery North Bay starting at
. A feature length movie followed
by a discussion led by Board’s Honey Farm will follow.
A couple of other November datesare be of interest. Fifty
years ago in November 1963 history was made in Mattawa when Dr. Firmin Monestime
was elected as
Canada's first black Mayor. He
officially became Mayor for the first of many victories on
January 1, 1964. There is a
move afoot for an exhibition on the event in Toronto with a possible showing in
Mattawa. The remarkable Monestime story is told in my book The Meeting of the
Waters available in bookstores throughout the area.
Canada’s History Magazine Remembers
The October-November issue of the magazine has a lengthy
article The monster storm of (November) 1913 was the
Great Lakes region’s most destructive weather event on
record.” I wrote about the article in Community Voices on
February 7, 2003 because one
of my wife’s relatives Captain McConkey the Captain of the
Regina was lost with his crew among 256 deaths
in the storm (Google Heritage Perspectives McConkey).
The lengthy new article records the finding of dead crew
members from another ship with
Regina life preservers leading to the
conclusion that McConkey courageously tried unsuccessfully to save people on
another ship by sharing some of their life preservers.
An excellent magazine for history buffs with many other