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Preserving history for the future

I was delighted to learn from friends the Stoney Creek Historical Society now has a Reference Library and Archives in a former church on Highway 8.

I’m also happy the historical society is no longer restricted to one small room in Leone Jackson’s old house Grandview (the Nash-Jackson house in Battlefield Park), which, when I lived in Stoney Creek, was located at the corner of King and Nash.

But I am really happy to learn  Billy Green’s drum, sword, and trousers are on display in the  library. I didn’t even know my old friend Barb Green, Billy Green’s great-great-grand-daughter,  still possessed these artifacts.

Other valuable documents being stored include the papers of Dr. Bob Kemp, who practised in Stoney Creek for so long and campaigned successfully for St. Joseph`s Health Centre on King Street and the Hamilton hospice bearing his name. I am also glad Ward 10 councillor Maria Pearson, was able to spearhead this important step in the society`s history.

The Historical Society is more than 100 years old and it is refreshing to know that Stoney Creek historical artifacts are still being preserved for future generations .

Stephen J. Beecroft

Chatham, On.  

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