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September 28, 2016

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One of Eastern Ontario’s earliest settler families was the Loucks family, here represented at Russell Heritage Day by Charlotte Loucks Parry and Gwyneth Harkin, granddaughter of Edgar and Helen Loucks. Vetter photo

Sun shines on local heritage

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL — The Russell Historical Society, with the help of other local organizations, held Heritage Day under sunny skies on Sat., Sept. 24. In past years the festival celebrating local history has experienced cold weather.

This year’s weather combined with the theme of family history on display seemed to be a great combination, with many visitors coming out, including representatives, some of whom came long distances, of founding families. Most events took place at the two Keith M. Boyd Museum buildings in the centre of the village, but there were additional heritage displays in other places, such as Russell Meadows retirement residence, and horsedrawn wagon tours with historical information, which were very popular. Ina Henry once again led the Castor River Walk. Odette Ouellette, author of Grandma’s Place, spoke at Russell Meadows, and Jean Millaire spoke at the Russell Library.

The Russell Agricultural Society, Women’s Institute, Lion’s Club, Horticultural Society, Kin Club, First Russell Sparks, and Prescott-Russell United Way, with the help of the Township of Russell and South Nation Conservation all participated.

The event has carried on for several years now, is free, and offers a unique perspective into the ancestry and colonial history of residents in this area.