Membership in the Lennox and Addington Historical Society


First organized in 1907 and now moving forward into our second century. Membership in the Lennox and Addington Historical Society is open to all individuals and families with an interest in the history of Lennox and Addington county and Canada.

click here to skip past the long part of why you should join the Lennox Addington Historical Society.

The first question starts like this "I can't join. I don't know any history."

This of course is just not true and more importantly doesn't matter. Consider the doughnut as an example of why a knowledge of history isn't necessary to join the Historical Society. Do you know how to make a doughnut? What exactly is it about flour, water and carbon dioxide gas that combines to make a tasty treat? What does doughnut mean anyway and why exactly is there a hole in the middle?

These are important questions and there are people who have written entire books about these topics. However just like membership in the Historical Society. You don't need to know these things to simply enjoy the taste and texture of either history or doughnuts.

The second question is, "Why should you join the Lennox Addington Historical Society?

Surprisingly the answer isn't always obvious and for every member the reasons are unique, equally important and entirely different from your neighbors.

However the common answer is, I'm interested in local history.

This is a great answer but it is probably true for almost all of our members but it still leaves the question what part of local history?

Preserving history
Macpherson House
Artifacts in the museum
Documents in the archives
Friends with similar interests
Or is it none of these but something else?

Are you trying to find your families past, researching an ancestor? Was your grandmother a war bride or was your family one of the many who followed the Addington Road north. Perhaps they arrived as Loyalists or were they here even earlier, to greet the arriving Europeans?

Architecture is defined as the style of a building, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture. For some people it is the particular details of a building or a building style that holds their interest. Here in Lennox and Addington we are very lucky as we don't have just a few surviving architectural gems. Instead in many communities we still have a rich carpet of heritage buildings in what is known as a cultural landscape. Architecture can be anything from the gingerbread trim on a Victorian classic to a line of century old buildings still in use today.

Preserving history     
This is one of those topics that sounds the simplest but in truth can be the hardest to define. One person could consider preserving history the careful restoration and conservation of an artifact. While another could consider it the act of bringing history to life, keeping it relevant and interesting to a new generation. so that it isn't the dry stuff of textbooks but vibrant and alive. The Historical Society does this and more. Members of the Society can be proud of their role in preserving history in many different ways. Including the personal histories of the people who helped to make that history in so many ways.

Macpherson House    
The Lennox and Addington Historical Society has a large collection of artifacts and many are precious and unique to our community. However it could be argued that Alan Macpherson's 1826 home is perhaps the jewel in the crown of the Societies collection. Certainly it is the largest single object in the collection with an exterior that has now been restored and preserved to reflect its past. One of the first stately homes in Napanee not only looks beautiful outside but is an accredited Ontario museum.

Artifacts at the museum     
If your interested in local history then the Lennox and Addington County Museum is an obvious place to start. As you explore the thousands of items on display don't forget to look around you. You are standing inside history. The museum itself served as the county jail until quite recently. Now instead of inmates it houses a collection of artifacts that tells the story of life in Lennox and Addington. The guards have been replaced by professional curators who work for Lennox and Addington County to manage a growing collection of artifacts purchased by the Historical Society.

Documents in the archives
The archives are one of those quiet places that most people, even members of the Society aren't always aware of. However it has a following of loyal users and dedicated supporters within the Historical Societies membership. The archives contain a wealth of knowledge about the lives and the people of earlier times. The information ranges from genealogy to tax records with almost everything else in between. As part of the Historical Societies mandate this knowledge is available to everyone.

Friends with similar interests     
A shared interest in history is one of the intangible benefits of membership. On Saturday afternoons, during the winter months the Society holds a General Meeting, usually with a quest speaker on a particular topic. These meetings are open to everyone and are not dry historical lectures but interesting, often exciting talks by people who know and love their topic. The questions and answers are followed by coffee and conversations that allow the members to exchange ideas about heritage and history.


Membership in the Lennox and Addington Historical Society is open to all individuals and families and only costs this much.


As part of your annual membership you will receive by mail the
Historical Society's Newsletter - The County Chronicle
(4 to 5 times per year).



For more information please write to: The Membership Secretary
Lennox and Addington Historical Society
P.O. Box 392
Napanee, Ontario Canada
K7R 3K9
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For anyone who is curious the details and terms of membership as defined by the Historical Societies bylaws are available as a pdf formatted file from here .


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This page last updated, August 29, 2008

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