Edinburgh Square Annual Harvest Lunch Will Commemorate Haldimand’s Wartime Efforts

Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre will present its annual Harvest Lunch and Talk on Thursday November 8th. This year’s event will feature guest speakers and a preview of the museum’s latest exhibit that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Special guest speaker for the afternoon will be Marilynn Havelka, CAO, Ruthven Park National Historic Site who will discuss the role of the Thompson Family during the First World War – beginning with patriarch Andrew, his wife Violet, sons Andrew and Walter and daughter Margaret. Havelka will also elaborate on the family’s connection to the  37th Haldimand Rifles and Haldimand 114th Battalion of which Andrew Sr. became Commanding Officer in February 1916.

The Harvest Lunch and Talk will also provide guests with a sneak preview of the  Centre’s current exhibition, We Will Remember Them. The exhibit officially opens November 11th, 2018 coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  We Will Remember Them is a photographic retrospective recognizing those men and women from Haldimand County who served their Country over the past 100 years, beginning with the Great War.

Also included as part of this exhibition is the display Blood Brothers, Brothers in Arms, which examines an almost forgotten WWI connection between Canadian First Nations soldiers serving in the Haldimand 114th Battalion and the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. The display pays tribute to the links between the soldiers of the Haldimand 114th Battalion and their Scottish friends – links which are still evident today.

The Harvest Lunch  and Talk takes place at 80 Caithness St. E., Caledonia from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Cost is $15.00 per person and includes the presentation, a hearty lunch of soups and amazing cheese scones, Edinburgh Square’s special tea blend and sweet treats.

Pre-registration for this event must be completed online or at any County office using the program code 6445. For further information, please contact Anne Unyi, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre at 905-765-3134, or by email at esquare.centre@haldimandcounty.on.ca.