LaJeunesse Dinner and Award Night

October 24, 2019

Old Town Bake Shop in the McGregor Cowan House. 3118 Sandwich Street, Windsor

6pm Reception, 6:30pm dinner

award presentation & guest speaker

$30. per person; you may pay that evening (all reservations must be honoured.)

RSVP. by October 18, or 519-322-0856

(limited seating)

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LaJeunesse Award

The Rev. E.L. Lajeunesse wrote the definitive history of the early French history in Essex County. He taught at the University of Windsor for many years and was the author of the book “The Windsor Border Region.”  Essex County Historical Society published the book once again so it would be available to history students and history enthusiast. There is a copy at the U of W’s Leddy Library.  In honour of Father LaJeunesse an award is given by ECHS to a person in the community who has promoted local history. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Irene Moore is Davis, educator, advocate and author. President of the Black History Research Society since 2010. Davis is involved in a wide array of work and organizations that promote Black History in the Community.

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Onions and Peach Fuzz, September 26, 2019

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Onions and Peach Fuzz, September 26, 2019

Don’t miss the reading and signing of the new book “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz”, authors, Bonnie Stiller and Shirleyan English have written about the “Farmerettes of Ontario”. The farmerettes were the ladies that worked the fields and harvested the crops while the men were away during World War II. There were farmerettes in Cottam. Come out for an interesting part of our history followed by dessert and coffee. Sponsored by ECHS. 7pm Essex Railway Station. $10.per person. RSVP space is limited.

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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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