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Town of Essex to Highlight McGregor History

Posted on Monday May 14, 2018

The Essex Municipal Heritage Committee (EMHC), in partnership with the Marsh Collection Society, is pleased to present “McGregor News,” a presentation which will explore the first 25 years of the Village of McGregor.

All are invited to attend this free event and join retired librarian, Nancy Brown, as she discusses the origins of the village, along with the events, industries, and people which shaped this thriving community.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 31at 6:00pm at the McGregor Community Centre, 9571 Walker Road, McGregor.

The EMHC is hosting the event as part of their efforts to communicate the rich and diverse history of the communities which make up the Town of Essex.

“McGregor, like many other small settlements in the area, started with a sawmill but eventually became a hamlet with St. Clements Roman Catholic Church as its spiritual anchor,” said Deputy Mayor and EMHC Chair, Richard Meloche. “St. Clement’s Church is an important institution to the community of McGregor.

Prior to the presentation, neighbouring St. Clement’s Church will also open its doors for a special tour of the historic building. Those interested in attending the tour are asked to meet at the church at 9567 Walker Road at 5:00pm.

Refreshments will be available, along with copies of “Colchester 225: A Brief History,” a booklet prepared by the Town of Essex to recognize Canada 150-Colchester 225. Material from the Marsh Collection will also be available for sale.

The Marsh Collection Society is a community history and genealogy centre located in Downtown Amherstburg. The mandate of the Society is “to collect, preserve and encourage research into the heritage of Amherstburg and the lower Detroit River district.”

Their facility contains a large collection of photos, books, genealogical records, maps and reference files on a variety of topics.

St. Clement’s Church will accept donations, which will go towards re-pointing the parish. Any one donating $20 or more will receive a donation tax receipt at the end of the year.