The Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society is committed to preserving the stories and the artifacts, manuscripts and photographs that serve to illustrate the history of Millbrook, Cavan and the surrounding district in south central Ontario (Canada) for the present and future generations. It also seeks to inspire interest in the value of local history by keeping the stories alive.
The Historical Society brings community members and visitors together on a regular basis to broaden and deepen our knowledge and understanding of the history of this area. We bring a variety of speakers to our gatherings over the course of each year.
We are looking forward to the first of our gatherings for the 2014-15 season. On Thursday, September 25, 7 pm, we will welcome members and friends to the Fireside Lounge at Centennial Place in Millbrook for a presentation by Barbara Pratt, Vice President of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario. The subject of Ms. Pratt's talk is "Lucy Maud Montgomery and World War I". All her life, L.M. Montgomery kept a personal journal. Her day-to-day entries during and after World War I, while she was living in Leaskdale, Ontario, give a unique and intimate insight into how the war affected the lives of people on the home front. Ms. Pratt will also tell the story of the Society's acquisition and restoration of the Leaskdale manse and the historic Leaskdale Church.
We also answer all genealogy inquiries and help in directing those tracing family roots to relevant resources. A key local resource is 'This Green & Pleasant Land - Chronicles of Cavan Township' originally printed in 1990 by the Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society. We have reproduced this volume on DVD or a 2 CD set. The entire 465 page volume, including 130 family histories and Tremaine's 1861 map of the township showing landowners, is fully searchable in the DVD/CD format, and is available for $20 (plus postage) from the Historical Society.
Our newspaper indexing project is one of our major projects, as we work in partnership with the Ontario Genealogy Society. We are also embarking on an Oral Histories project.