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Irvine Family, Peggi Calder honoured at Glengarry Pioneer Museum AGM

Douglas, Stewart, and Dorothy Irvine of Lochiel will receive the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s “Pioneer Award” in recognition of their years of dedicated work to preserve the heritage and enhance the cultural life of Glengarry and area. They will be honored at the Pioneer Museum’s Annual General Meeting and potluck supper to be held on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Hall in Dunvegan.

Loyal and generous supporters of the Pioneer Museum, the Irvines have been vigorous champions of the importance of preserving our local heritage. Known for having deep roots in the township, Dorothy, who will be honoured posthumously, was a world-traveler, art historian, teacher and architectural technician, and was instrumental in publishing two books “The Stone Buildings of North Glengarry” and “The Churches of North Glengarry”, and brought the loyalist rose to the museum grounds. Stewart, who is an avid re-enactor and military history buff, who volunteers with the Greys and Blues of Montreal, has been a big supporter of the 1812 Re-enactment Weekend at the Museum. Stewart was heavily involved in the erection of a plaque at the Lost Villages to commemorate the Canadians who found in the war. And Douglas’ interests’ lie in local history and genealogy; he is a valued member of the Dalkeith Historical Society and board member of the Dalkeith Recreation Association, and has been a loyal supporter of the Museum’s Harvest Fall Festival.

“The Irvines have been strong and sometimes silent supporters over many years, reflecting their long-time commitment to the importance of preserving Glengarry’s cultural heritage. They have been true guardians,” says Jennifer Black, the Pioneer Museum’s Curator and Administrator.

The presentation of the award to the Irvine siblings will be part of the program of the April 20th Annual General Meeting of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper followed by a short business meeting and a program that will honor the contributions of the Irvine’s, as well as a very special museum volunteer, Peggi Calder.

Peggi, a long-time Dunvegan columnist for the Glengarry News, has been a devoted supporter of the Pioneer Museum and its events, and has been involved with the museum in various capacities over the years – board secretary, luncheon volunteer under Flora Chisholm’s tutelage, and her expertise on “Wild Edibles” has been called in for our guest speaker series. It was Peggi who was instrumental in bringing Angus McRae’s Trappers Cabin and associated collection to the Museum grounds, and gifting us with Angus’ oral history.

Officers and board members for the coming year will also be approved during the course of the evening.

Anyone interested in the activities of the Pioneer Museum is welcome to attend the AGM and to volunteer during the upcoming season which will begin on May 19, Victoria Day Weekend. This year’s season also includes: Smith-In Blacksmith Festival (June 9), Historical Driving Tour (June 16), Quilts & Textiles (July 7/8), Art Show (July 21-29), Tartan’s at Twilight (July 26), Harvest Fall Festival (September 9), War of 1812 Reenactment Weekend (September 29-30), several guest speakers, and a Halloween event at the end of October. For additional information contact the Museum at 613-527-5230 or visit the Glengarry Pioneer Museum Website at www.GlengarryPioneerMuseum.ca.

The Dunvegan Recreation Hall, where the AGM will be held, is just west of the central intersection in Dunvegan on County Road 24, less than half a kilometer from the Museum.

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Black, Curator (613-527-5230) info@glengarrypioneermuseum.ca; or Alyson Graham(613-525-0796)


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