Kent Historical Society Presentation Night

Kent Historical Society Presentation Nights

Mennonites in Kent County featuring: John Martin

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

John Martin, the shop manager of We Cover in Thamesville, is of Swiss Mennonite background. He will speak of the Mennonites who originated in Pennsylvania and emigrated to St. Jacob’s, Ontario in the early 19th century. Eventually, some of them found their way to Chatham-Kent. John will tell us that story, and answer some of the questions you might have about Mennonites.

St. Patrick's School featuring: Larry Lahey with Marianne Lucio

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre

Larry Lahey, with Marianne Lucio, will fill us in on all the details regarding St. Patrick’s School, in Raleigh Township near Merlin. Their book, The History of a Rural One-Room School – St. Patrick’s School, 1922-1968, S.S.#6 Raleigh, Merlin, Ontario, was published last year. 

The Gray Dort Company featuring: Stan Uher

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30PM  | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre

Stan Uher, the owner of Classic Coachworks in Blenheim, knows more than just about anyone about the Gray-Dort automobile. It was manufactured in Chatham in the early 20th century and, a few years, was one of the more successful motorcar companies. He will tell us this story, and about his involvement with restoring and running some of these extraordinary vehicles.