Museum News

13 Feb

Marking Ontarios Heritage Week and Prince Edward Countys 225th Anniversary at Macaulay Heritage Park

February 20-26 is Heritage Week in Ontario.

Macaulay Heritage Park has invited Jennifer DeBruin, UE as a guest speaker to mark the occasion, in addition to kicking off anniversary commemorations for Prince Edward County’s 225th at The County Museums in 2017.

DeBruin, a successful author and descendent of United Empire Loyalists, will be giving a talk and audio-visual presentation entitled “A Trip of 230+ Years: My Journey Back to the Mohawk Valley.”

The talk, taking place on February 22nd at 1pm, will be a “virtual tour” of the Mohawk Valley in New York State.  This geographic area was the original settlement area for many Loyalist families that eventually relocated to what is now Eastern Ontario in 1784, including Prince Edward County.  Through her presentation, DeBruin and museum guests will “visit” many significant places connected to our earliest settlers. Attendees will learn about life in the Mohawk Valley and how the American Revolution changed a people’s history forever.

With deep ancestral roots in New France/Quebec, Upper Canada/Eastern Ontario, and Colonial America, Jennifer DeBruin combines her passion and experience in writing, education, history and genealogy. Jennifer writes fact-based historical fiction that engages the reader in “discovering the humanity in the history.”  The author’s works of historical fiction include:  “Daughters of Conflict” (2015), “Shadows in the Tree” (2013), and “A Walk with Mary” (2012). For more information, visit her web site at

“This presentation will be a phenomenal introduction to early settler history in our community” says Head Curator Jennifer Lyons.  “We thought it an excellent way to usher in the 225th anniversary year of Prince Edward County and are so pleased that Jennifer is able to be part of the commemorations.

The County Museums will be hosting a variety of programs in 2017 to recognize both the County’s anniversary and Canada’s Sesquicentennial.  A second talk will be held on May 24th at Macaulay Heritage Park entitled “The Life & Times of (Our) Prince Edward 1767-1820.” There, museum guests will learn more about our County’s namesake—Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (and father of Queen Victoria).  Author and guest speaker, Nathan Tidridge, will reveal how Edward’s story is also a story of early Canada.

The presentations at Macaulay Heritage Park will be held at 23 Church Street in Picton (the church on site).  Admission is by donation.  If poor weather prevails on February 22nd, the talk will be rescheduled for April 20th at 1pm, same location.  Jennifer DeBruin, UE will have a selection of her books available for purchase at her talk.

For more information please contact Jennifer Lyons, Head Curator of The County Museums at 613.476.2148 ext.2521 or