Kent Historical Society Presentation Night

The Revellers' Club

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

Lisa Gilbert, a KHS member, will tell the story of the Revellers’ Club, a group that  was developed to take advantage of the many natural features of Rondeau Provincial Park. It began in 1909, and is still active today, although less so. Over the years, the Revellers’ Club has played an important role in the leisure life of many men, especially from the Blenheim area, and its history has rarely been told. Lisa will delve into the club’s archives and will describe some of its highlights.

Fred Osmon: Taking Care of Business

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

Our very own Fred Osmon has been researching diligently over the past few years, and the fruits of his labours is a book called "Taking Care of Business". Telling of robberies gone wrong, of domestic disputes, and a few unsolved cases as well, the book deals with homicides in Chatham and Kent over the past 100 years. Fred will present some of the more interesting cases from his book, including perhaps, stories about the four police constables who have been murdered. Copies of the book will also be for sale.

Herb Colling

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

Herb Colling, a former broadcaster with CBC Radio, for many years in Windsor, has spoken to our group before. He has written four regional history books, and he returns to tell us about his most recent, Ford City. This was, of course, one of the border cities that grew up around Windsor, and its growth was spurred on by the meteoric growth of the Ford Motor Company of Canada. Herb Colling will tell us that story, and others.

Guy St.-Denis

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 7:30PM | Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre | Free

This month we are lucky to have another noted Canadian author, and former Chatham-Kent resident, Guy St.-Denis, visit us. He will speak of his most recent research efforts, specifically the details of Major General Henry Procter's court martial proceedings. Procter was court martialed for his conduct during the retreat up the Thames in September and October of 1813, and during the Battle of the Thames (Moraviantown). Guy has been working on researching the documents surrounding that case, and brings his uniquely qualified Canadian perspective to that story. He will tell us of his progress with this effort.

Field Trip

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 7:30PM | Free

Once again, our annual field trip takes us to yet another interesting regional historical attraction. This year we are going to the Oil Museum on Canada, in Oil Springs. This museum preserves the site of the first commercial oil well in North America, dug by James Miller Williams in 1858. We will tour the museum after having supper, most likely in Petrolia. Make sure to put this date in your calendar, and feel free to ask your friends to come as well.