The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
Branch President's Message
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Due to a severe winter storm that hit the Essex County area on March 8, 2008 our regular branch meeting was cancelled. Our scheduled guest speaker was Ken Turner. Known to many for his involvement in numerous historical preservation groups, Ken is the founder of the Essex County Historical Cemeteries Preservation Society. He has researched, located and restored a large number of previously unknown historic burial grounds across Ontario including ten in Essex County. Ken is currently serving as 1st VP of the Ontario Historical Society and will be joining us as guest speaker at our Branch Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2008.

For many years the Bicentennial Branch has had a representative serving on the Board of Trustees of Kingsville Historical Park (KHP). KHP is a wonderful community based museum run entirely by volunteers. Its focus is primarily military history but the story of the UELs is included in their displays. They also have a very active outreach program and the Loyalists have been featured in this. KHP is located at 164 Lansdowne Street behind the Legion in Kingsville. Although KHP owns the building it occupies, it rents the land it sits on from the adjacent Legion. There are ambitious plans for KHP to buy this land from the legion and a fund raising venture is underway in support of this goal. You are encouraged to make donations towards this. On Saturday and Sunday May 17 & 18, 2008 KHP will be having a yard sale on its grounds. Please plan to attend in support of this sale.

An aerial photograph of KHP and its adjacent grounds has been taken, enlarged and marked off in squares. Everyone will have the opportunity to buy one of these squares for $100.00 so in essence, you will 'own' a piece of KHP. If you prefer to make a smaller donation consider joining with someone else to buy a square. The photograph should be displayed at the yard sale so you can better visualize this and decide which square is your favourite. For more information please contact KHP at 519-733-2803.


Margie Luffman UE

Branch President

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