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Township of Russell launches new historical plaque program

The Township of Russell unveiled the first four plaques which are part of its new Historical Plaque Program on September 21 at the Russell Heritage Festival.

Each bronze plaque, designed and manufactured through John Jackson of Things Made, included a historical photo and bilingual text describing the site’s historical significance. To relay the complete stories of each site, there are further details and photos available on the township’s website. As the program progresses, additional features such as tour maps and YouTube videos of  residents’ stories will be incorporated. The township anticipates the program will grow to 20 plaques within the next five years, creating a network of the township’s history across all villages.

The goal of this program is to tell the story of the township, and to foster an interest and  understanding of the community’s roots. The program is not only an investment to preserve the township’s history, but will also be a tourism activity for visitors and residents alike.

The project began with the assistance of and through a partnership with the Russell and District Historical Society,
which is why the first four locations are within the village of Russell. The historical society dedicated many hours to
researching the events and retrieving historical photos for the plaques, in addition to financially contributing to these
plaques. The township looks forward to continue working with this group and other organizations for future historical
plaques across all villages as the program progresses.

A new plaque for the village of Embrun is already in the planning stages, thanks to a partnership with a local
Francophone organization.

The township invites members of the public to provide suggestions for future sites for consideration through the
Historical Plaque Program by contacting [email protected] Any information regarding the suggested site is appreciated.

 

Jean-Michel Tweed

Jean-Michel is a 17-year-old student at École Secondaire Catholique Régional de Hawkesbury (ESCRH) working as a journalist intern at The Review.

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