Online history lectures turn attention to south Grey

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The Black pioneers of south Grey, centred around the Priceville area, are the topic of the final lecture in the Grey Roots online local history series on Tuesday Nov. 30, 2021.

On Nov. 30, Naomi Norquay will speak on “Traces of the Durham Road’s Black Pioneers.” She is an Associate Professor in York University’s Faculty of Education.

Professor Norquay is the president of the Old Durham Road Black Pioneer Cemetery Committee and the co-editor of Northern Terminus: The African-Canadian History Journal.

Historical written records, oral history accounts, artefacts and the land itself help tell the recovered story of this settlement.

She also will speak about connections between the Old Durham Road and the Black community in Owen Sound.

If you want to join in, settle in and open the page on the museum website just before 1 p.m. on Nov. 30. Set the video to full screen, sit back and enjoy. The site is

You can submit a question online during the lecture. And if that live lecture time doesn’t work for you, the lectures in the series are being posted to the Grey Roots YouTube page for later viewing.

The three earlier lectures in the series are still available online for those interested. In them, tou can learn how to care for your family’s heirlooms, antiques and other historic treasures from Nikita Johnston, the assistant curator. She focuses on proper care, cleaning and storage methods for the most common materials.

And if you are planning outings in Grey County, Bob Knapp shows off the best of the best, including the Sydenham Bruce Trail, Tom Thomson Trail, Georgian Bluffs Trail, Hibou Nature Trail, and Georgian Trail.

As well, tools and tips for researching your family online are available in a lecture given by by Grey County genealogist and author Janet Iles, who talks about how to make the most of both paid and free websites.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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