Kent Historical Society Presentation Night

Grays China Hall

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

Emily Farquharson, the owner of Gray’s China Hall in Chatham, will tell us her family’s story, including how her grandfather started the business in 1901. Family photos and old advertising will help explain how the store became such an important fixture in downtown Chatham for over a century.

General Duncan McArthur

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

Glenn Stott, an excellent War of 1812 historian, will speak of his newest book, The Last Invasion: General Duncan McArthur’s Grand River Expedition, 1814. Using the War Losses Claims, letters, diaries and contemporary newspaper articles as well as local folk history, it is possible to outline the day to day activities of McArthur’s force of over 700 Americans and First Nations who made the last invasion of the Western and London Districts in the fall of 1814. It is possible to identify most of McArthur’s camps, including at least four in the Kent County region

Chris Carter

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 7:30PM  | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

Over the past several years, Chris Carter, with the Tour Essex Group, has reprinted several important historical books from Kent and Essex counties, and one of his latest projects is one of the most exciting yet. Chris is reproducing Rev. Hugh Cowan’s volume (II) of Canadian Achievement in the Province of Ontario, about Chatham. Rev. Cowan’s book has, until now, only existed in galley form in the Chatham Public Library, so this edition is much anticipated. Chris will be telling us about how Rev. Cowan came to write the book, and the story of his reprinting of this book as well. Chris will have many of the other books he has published for sale as well.