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Author and family have long, deep association with fire department

Sarnia Fire Chief John Kingyens, left, history writer Phil Egan, and Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Van Gaver, right, at the Clifford Hansen Fire Station on East Street, where a public open house is planned July 15. Cathy Dobson Cathy Dobson Sarnia Fire Rescue will unveil its latest educational tool at [...]

2018-02-03T21:00:06-04:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Artifacts donated of city officer who killed ‘Red’ Ryan

Troy Shantz for The Sarnia Journal Personal items belonging to the Sarnia police officer who killed Norman “Red” Ryan have been received by the Sarnia Historical society. “There’s personal mementos, there’s family connections, there’s also pictures I’ve never seen before of Sarnia Police officers standing outside of Sarnia City Hall,” [...]

2017-06-19T02:12:53-04:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: In The News|0 Comments

The Battle of Vimy Ridge and why it’s a big deal

Journal Staff Ceremonies are being held across Canada and in France this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Sarnians have done their part, having already organized a cenotaph ceremony, commemorative dinner, wreath-laying, bench dedication and tree planting. What’s more, residents purchased a remarkable 3,800 [...]

2017-06-19T03:26:00-04:00April 6th, 2017|Categories: In The News|0 Comments

Vimy Ridge centennial stirring strong response in Sarnia

It is the stuff of legend, with echoes of sacrifice, heroism and anguish. The 100th Anniversary of the famous First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge will be marked on April 9. The epic fight has gone down in history as “The Battle that Forged a Nation” for the sense [...]

2017-06-19T03:16:07-04:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: In The News|0 Comments

Sarnia lacks museum, and is unlikely to get one

Cathy Dobson for The Sarnia Journal Sarnia has a heritage committee that collects old photos and designates important historic buildings so their facades can be preserved. The city has a very active Historical Society that operates a popular website documenting Sarnia’scolourful past in stories and photo galleries. Rick Smith But [...]

2017-06-19T03:03:37-04:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: In The News|0 Comments

January Meeting with Bob McCarthy Recap

Bob McCarthy is a local author, historian and retired teacher working to compile 150 stories from across Lambton County, stories that highlight the county's history.  He has written 11 books on local and family history. Bob discussed his latest project with us at our last Sarnia Historical Society meeting, which [...]

2017-01-24T17:30:25-04:00January 16th, 2017|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Vimy dinner to commemorate ‘the battle that forged a nation’

Journal Staff A special cenotaph ceremony and commemorative dinner will be held in Sarnia to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The April 2 event is a fundraiser for the Vimy Foundation and the Sarnia Historical Society. Four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together for [...]

2017-06-19T02:51:17-04:00January 16th, 2017|Categories: In The News|0 Comments

TurnerMoore 100th Anniversary Vimy Dinner

MEDIA RELEASE Sarnia Historical Society & The Royal Canadian Legion Announce Plans for TurnerMoore 100th Anniversary Vimy Dinner The Sarnia Historical Society and The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 are planning a special cenotaph ceremony and commemorative dinner to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The [...]

2017-01-12T22:04:09-04:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Sarnia At War: Special from The Sarnia Journal

Written in The Sarnia Journal on November 11th, 2016 “Lest we forget” is a phrase heard often this time of year. Essentially, it’s a plea to remember the sacrifices that have been made before so that we may live in peace and freedom today. In that spirit, The Sarnia Journal [...]

2016-12-04T02:59:25-04:00December 4th, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Debra Majer: March Guest Speaker

At our March 15th, 2016 meeting Debra Majer from the Diocese of London gave a talk entitled: Bishop in the Trenches: A Journey Through Bishop Fallon’s WWI Diary." Major told a fascinating story about Bishop Fallon and his service in WW1.  Fallon wrote a daily journal and expressed his hopes while presenting [...]

2016-10-19T00:24:18-04:00March 15th, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments