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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
Membership in the Lennox and Addington Historical Society
is open to all individuals and families.
SINGLE MEMBERSHIP - $20.00
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP - $30.00
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP - $250.00
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP - $525.00
For more information please write to:
The Membership Secretary
Lennox and Addington Historical Society
P.O. Box 392
Napanee, Ontario Canada
Or email us: Membership@LennoxandAddingtonHistoricalSociety.ca
With your annual membership you will receive
the the Lennox and Addington County Historical Society Newsletter
The County Chronicle
(4 to 5 times per year)
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This page last updated, August 22, 2008
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