This year’s “Botsford Dinner” will be held at Fort Malden, in the Barracks. Reception at 6:30pm, dinner at 7pm. The Barracks is 199 years old this year. A traditionally cooked roast beef dinner will be prepared in the Fort cookhouse, served with vegetables, pie for dessert, wine and coffee/tea. $30. per person (all reservations must be honored) Please call or email Marlene MarkhamGay, or 519- 322-0856 for reservations by May 25th. This year’s Botsford Scholar is Megan Cote. Title of the talk: The rise of C.H. Smith: Windsor’s Department Stores, Urban Consumerism, and Women’s Modernity of the early 20th Century.

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ECHS AGM March 21

Essex County Historical Society will be holding it’s Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Essex Railway Station,
March 21-Dinner $25. 6:30 sharp,
meeting at 7pm followed by guest speaker, Bob Mitchell
topic: The Detroit MCR Train Station
RSVP by March 15
all reservations must be honoured. Hope to see you there! New members & guests are welcome! Members dues: $15.00 per person.

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ECHS Invites You …..

Please join us Saturday, February 9, at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, 277 King Street, Amherstburg at 11:30 PM. We will be touring  the Nazrey AME Church; the Taylor log Cabin and the Main Exhibit. We will see a filmi, “The Road Taken” on the Railway Porters. A presentation will follow. Please provide your own transportation and the cost is $6.00.

This is a very interesting tour and presentation at a “World Heritage Site.” Celebrate “Black History Month, February 2-28.

Following the tour we will be having lunch at “Dalhousie Bistro”, 219, Dalhousie Street. We will order from the menu at our expense.

Please RSVP for one or both events, if you are driving and could car pool that would be a good idea. or

 Marlene (519-322-0856) by February 5th

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December 6,Thursday evening, Dinner Speaker


A Special Evening, Thursday, December 6


Enjoy a delicious dinner in the ambience of the Olde Bake Shoppe- McGregor-Cowan House, 3118 Sandwich Street, Windsor. Dinner at 6:30 pm followed by special guest speaker Pat Brode. He will be reading from his newest local crime novel “Dying for A Drink.”  The true story of a murder in Windsor during Prohibition. Books will be available for your Christmas shopping. Seating is limited please reserve early!

  Butternut Squash Soup


Seared Pork Medallions over Sage Dressing with Mushroom Sauce

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Homemade soft rolls with seasoned butter

Apple Crisp


Mulled Cider

$30.00 includes beverage, dessert, tax, gratuity. RSVP: by December 1                 Anita Colley for reservations






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October 18, 2018 Lajeunesse Award Dinner

October 18, Thursday evening, at “Duck’s on The Roof” in Amhertburg. ECHS will hold its annual award dinner. The Lajeunesse award is given to a group or individual who has help to promote and preserve local history in their community. This year’s recipient is Bill Brundage for his work preserving local history on Boblo Island. He worked to gain community support to rebuild and preserve the historic blockhouse on Boblo Island. Bill also gives tours of the blockhouse. Tickets are $30.00 per person. We will have a full dinner with dessert coffee/tea and all taxes and gratuity included.RSVP by October 12th, You may pay at the door when you arrive. All reservations must be honoured unless you cancel 24 hours in advance.

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“When Tobacco Was King’ by Paul Allen

Paul Allen will be our guest speaker for a luncheon meeting on September 15th at the Essex Railway Station.  He will speak on his book “When Tobacco Was King”.  He is touring in southwestern Ontario.

There will be a pasta, chicken and salad luncheon served. The price is $15.00 includes dessert and coffee/tea. Followed by Paul Allen’s presentation.  RSVP required. It is at 1pm, lunch served first then the program, books will be available for sale.
Please RSVP or call 519-322-0856.
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Boblo Trip

Join us July 19, Thursday for a fun trip to Boblo Island to see the restored block house and have lunch at a restaurant on the Island. We will meet at the ferry dock in Amherstburg. Please register with Anita Colley.

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Botsford Scholar, May 10, Dinner


The Botsford Scholar is Adam Droulliard. His paper title: Joseph White’s Mass Enfranchisement of Anderdon: Conflicting Band Ideals and Insight from Interactions with the Petite Côte Drouillards. Join us May 10 at Duck’s on The Roof for dinner tickets. or through this website.

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Bootsford award & Dinner 2018

Essex County Historical Society Invites you to attend The Botsford Scholar Award Dinner May 10, 2018, at Ducks On the Roof Restaurant 1430 Front Rd. South Amherstburg, ON Dinner choice: Breaded Pickerel or chicken All dinners include vegetables & warm bread & Chef salad, Lemon Meringue Pie, coffee/tea Please specify your choice when reserving your dinner! Please RSVP by May 5 or call Marlene Markham at 519 322-0856 $30. includes tax (paid at door) all reservations must be honoured unless cancelled by May 5.Botsford Scholar: To Be Announced 6:30 pm reception, Dinner promptly at 7 pm Botsford Scholar to be announced!

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ECHS Annual Meeting & Dinner March 29, 2018

ECHS will hold their AGM on March 29, 2018 (Thursday) at the Essex Railway Station, 87 Station Street, Essex.  Dinner will be at 7pm with a short meeting and Guest Speaker following. Reception will start at 6:30pm.  To reserve your ticket, please email, Marlene Markham at or call 519-322-0856.  Tickets will be $25.00 per person for a delicious dinner with coffee and dessert.  Menu: House Salad, Sunflower Seed Bread & Olive Tapenade, Chicken Breast Marsala, Pasta Pesto Blush, Green Beans Almandine. Please RSVP by March 21st.

Our annual meeting will include the approval of the updated constitution for our organization. The election of the 2018 executive will also take place. Please contact Anita Colley for board information.

Our guest speaker, Barbara Reaume Sandre, is a, retired teacher and author. Barb has written two historical novels, “Renee” and also “…and His Son Robert.” Both books tell the accurate researched history of early French settlers in this part of Canada and the story of the Reaumes, Barb’s family.  Books will be available.

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