By Gail Donald
The 24 people who packed the October meeting of the Arthur and Area Historical Society learned more about the new mural on the village’s main street.
The mural was dedicated during an Arthur Public School assembly, which featured Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson as guest speaker. Author of “The Freedom Writer’s Diary,” Ms. Olsson travels the world carrying her message of peace and tolerance. Most recently, she has focused on the increased concerns around bullying.
Wellington North Mayor Ray Tout and council members will officially unveil the new Arthur mural, on the north side of the Sussman’s of Arthur building located on the corner of George Street and Frederick Street, at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10. Arthur will also be celebrated as Canada’s “Most Patriotic Village” in honour of Remembrance Day.
Celebrations will include an Arthur Lions Club donation barbecue. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 226 Colour Party will be in attendance, as well as Mural Artist Cliff Smith and members of the Arthur Mural Committee.
Those attending will have the opportunity to tour the Archives to learn more about Arthur’s history.
Those attending the historical society meeting, also learned about the recent digitization of Wellington County Historical Society journals and essays. It is of special interest to people researching local history and genealogy as they will now be available for research online, including access by keyword searches.
The next meeting of the Arthur and Area Historical Society takes place in the New Year, on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Historical Rooms at 146 George Street, Arthur. All are welcome.
The Historical Rooms are also open to the public on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. A Society member is available to assist with questions or research.