Feb 20 marks the 56th anniversary of the cancellation of the Avro Arrow project, a date which became known as “Black Friday” for the aviation industry in Canada. On Friday Feb 20th, The Elgin County Museum will show "There Never Was an Arrow", the first of its “Friday Films” series related to the Arrow and its current exhibit, “The Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied”.
Elgin County Museum To Show “There Never was an Arrow” on Avro Arrow “Black Friday” Anniversary Feb 20th
In 1914, our boys marched off to war. Their battle cry was “We’ll be back by Christmas.”
We all know that the boys did not return for Christmas with their families. On the Western Front, there had been one million casualties and the fast battles of the summer had turned to slow mud-filled trenches of stagnation. Slowly everyone became aware that this was going to be a long war with many more millions yet to die.
Starting on Christmas Eve, many troops sang Christmas carols across the lines, and at spots brass bands joined in their joyous singing.
Railway Heritage panels have appeared in recent months over the east-side windows of the MCRR locomotive repair shops in St. Thomas – the makeover which has attracted appreciative attention is just a hint of the transformation planned for the building in the next five to ten years.
It has been an exciting twelve months for the Elgin County Railway Museum (ECRM) which is based in the shops, with the 25th anniversary of that organization last year and the MCRR shops 100th anniversary celebration on September 20th, 2014. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, special guest speakers, music and silent auction along with some significant announcements.
St. Thomas-born major league baseball player Jack ‘Glad’ Graney’s plaque on the Timken Centre’s St. Thomas Wall of Fame was unveiled this year in July. That was cause for celebration by his nominating committee, but they are hopeful recognition for Graney and his inspiring story won’t end there.
Read our feature on Jack Graney in Relish Elgin Fall 2014 ...
The Elgin Historical Society presented "Digitizing the Tweedsmuirs" on April 23rd at the Elgin County building. Helen Van Brenk, WI Tweedsmuir Curator, and Mary Clutterbuck of Boxall Women’s Institute explained how the books came about and provided highlights of their colourful contents. Elgin County Archives digitization assistant Krista Taylor provided background on how they have been digitized.
The Port Stanley Terminal Rail (PSTR) marked their 30th anniversary in 2013 and also brought their train into downtown St. Thomas for the first time. It was another milestone in a long list of PSTR achievements, and one which has them excited about expanding their horizons into the future.
Read about the history of the PSTR and plans for future co-operative ventures with the newly reconstructed L&PS Station in downtown St. Thomas in Relish Elgin Magazine Early Spring 2014
The Keystone Complex filled to capacity for the annual Southwold Remembers Service held each year on the Sunday before Remembrance Day. As he has done for most of the past decade, author Ted Barris spoke at the tribute, this year bringing a talk and visual presentation about his new book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.