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Celebrate Christmas with us!

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Celebrate Christmas with the Newcastle Village and District Historical Society
Saturday, December 22, 2018, 9:30 am – noon

Enjoy some hot cider and Christmas cookies.
There’s always good chat in ‘The Room’ on Saturdays.

Bring the kids or the Grandkids and learn to make an old fashioned Christmas pinecone decoration.

Everyone Welcome!

Merry Christmas!

President’s Message – Nov. 2018

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Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you very much for your continuing support of NVDHS. Our mission is to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the Village of Newcastle and its immediate environs. We are proud that we participated in the design of a Heritage Park that will be part of the new housing development by Wilmot Creek, at the west end of Newcastle. That Heritage Park will honour Samuel Wilmot and his achievement in developing Ontario’s first full-scale fish hatchery in 1868. 

During the month of November, we have been honouring our Veterans with a display in the Historical Room. This is a “must see” display as we pay tribute to many local Veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Everyone is welcome. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
~ Laurence Binyon, “For the Fallen” 

We have purchased new computer equipment to better serve our stakeholders. We continue to focus on the considerable task of digitizing our records and artifacts so that information is readily accessible and available. 

I hope everyone was able to visit us at the Orono Fair. The NVDHS participates in this event annually. The theme of our presentation was Great Lakes ships. 

Our website is a huge success. We now have over 300 unique visitors to our site per month and the numbers are growing steadily. Please visit the website. It is updated regularly and is very informative. We also have an active Facebook page, where we also post news, photos and event information.

The Newcastle Santa Claus Parade was on Sunday November 18 and our float was themed “Once Upon a Time.” Visit our website and/or our Facebook page to see a slideshow of all the participants. 

Tom WallaceI would like to welcome two new Directors to the NVDHS; Marillia Hjorngaard and Ken Crichton. I would also like to thank Tammy Rogers for her contributions as Director to the NVDHS.

On behalf of the NVDHS, I extend our best wishes to all of our members, friends, and supporters for a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.    

Yours sincerely,

Tom Wallace

Newcastle Santa Parade 2018

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The Newcastle Santa Parade has become a much-anticipated annual tradition in the Village of Newcastle. Local businesses, organizations, schools and community members pitch in for a night of fun to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. The Newcastle Village and District Historical Society participates with a float each year. See if you can find yourself or your friends and neighbours in the slide show!  [continue reading…]

Remembrance message

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No one alive today has seen our faces.
No grandchild has heard our voices or felt our touch.
We did not intend to die.
We were ordinary men and boys for whom circumstances
Caused us to do an extraordinary thing.

We gave our lives so that you might live free from tyranny.
We are now only names on cenotaphs
And fading pictures in family albums.
Remember us please.
We would like to have known you.

~Leslie Wilson

Remembrance Day 2018

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Lest we forget - photo by Lisa Sabater-MozoNewcastle Village and District Historical Society will be mounting a Remembrance Display in the History Room at the Newcastle Village Community Hall for the month of November. Please come and remember with us.

The History Room is opened 9:30 to noon every Tuesday and Saturday, but as a special community outreach, we will be open on Armistice Day/Remembrance Day from 9:30 to noon as well. We will be open before, during and after the service at the cenotaph on November 11th at 11 a.m.

On display will be artifacts from both wars, as well as photos and bios for the Newcastle area people who served during these conflicts with recognition of our nurses and other women who served here at home.

Curatorial Assistant, Leslie Wilson, a volunteer at the History Room, will be heading up the team who are putting this display together.

See you there!

“Lest We Forget” by Lisa Sabater-Mozo, CC BY-ND

General Meeting – 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 2

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Grant Karcich, photo by Robert Bell.

Grant Karcich, photo by Robert Bell.

Guest Speaker: Grant Karcich on the original native trails in Southern Ontario

Centennial Room (lower level)
Newcastle Community Hall
20 King Ave. West, Newcastle. 

Guest Speaker Grant Karcich is the author of 6 books and will speak on the original Native Trails in Southern Ontario. Oshawa author’s latest highlights Ontario trails(Oshawa Express, July 2017)

No charge for admission, guests/non-members welcome.

Update on proposed Heritage Park on Wilmot Creek

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Re: Plan to establish a Heritage Park lying between Belmont House and the east bank of Wilmot Creek, Newcastle, ON

Last night, the Planning and Development Committee of Municipal Council voted to approve an amendment No.117 to the Official Plan to give effect to this large residential development west of Ruddell Road, north of Highway 2. The Planning Services report is numbered: PSD–068–18. Final approval should occur when Council meets on September 17 and, hopefully, ratifies the actions of last night’s meeting of the Planning and Development Committee.

Significantly, the amendment establishes a Heritage Park area precisely where we want it to be. It will be approximately 3 acres in size, creating an open space vista of Belmont House and plenty of room for heritage recognition opportunities such as interpretative plaques and graphics, suitable benches and other park-like furniture, creation of connective trails and walkways, and so on. Moreover, the two development companies have agreed to contribute to the costs of this infrastructure in addition to their more than generous land dedication. We are very impressed by their sense of public responsibility.

There is a lot of work ahead of us to ensure the fruition of the Heritage Park. For example, a faction amongst the Planners would like to see a “multi-functional” Park, including swing sets, teeter-totters, splash pads, and not just purely Heritage recognition. However, according to their own Report, there are more than an adequate number of neighbourhood parks in the area, north and south of Highway 2. Then, there are the particulars of design to best achieve our goals; we MUST be part of this process and we may be calling upon a couple of volunteers to sit on a Design Review Committee.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that in the past few months we have come MILES from the direction this subdivision plan was headed – Belmont House severed from the historic links to Wilmot Creek and completely surrounded by proposed roadways and 30’ housing lots. This achievement was made possible by two incredibly dedicated people, Vic Suppan and Myno Van Dyke.

Bob Malone
NVDHS Past President

NVDHS Fall Events

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Orono Fair September 6 to 9

NVDHS will have a booth in the arena at the Orono Fair again this year. We will be featuring ‘Great Lakes Shipping’ with the emphasis on Captain Gibson and the ship, Ariadne, out of the Port of Newcastle. Many photos and Captain Gibson’s diary will be among the items on display. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the display and learn about the exciting times of the past!

NVDHS Picnic

Sunday, September 16, 12:30 p.m. (Rain or shine)
27 Boulton St. Newcastle, ON

Come meet and socialize with your board and fellow NVDHS members, and learn more about our upcoming events and activities! All members & family welcome.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob & drinks will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. If possible, bring deck chairs (unless it rains – in which case we’ll be indoors).

RSVP by Thursday, September 13 at http://evite.me/DuUnuupFXj (Please note that all members with email addresses should have received the Evite)

Hope to see you all on the 16th!

NVDHS General Meeting October 2

7 p.m. Newcastle Community Hall

At our October 2 meeting, Grant Karcich, an Oshawa author, will present a talk about the Lost Trails in this area. These are the old Indian trails that went from the lakeshore back into the lands further north. Join us to find out more about a fascinating bit of local history.

Remembrance Display

During November there will be a military display in the historical room as a reminder to always remember the sacrifice that Newcastle men made during both wars – photos, uniforms, artifacts. Leslie Wilson will head up the design of this display, with the curators’ committee doing the legwork.

President’s Message – Summer 2018

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Tom Wallace

Dear Members and Friends of Newcastle Village and District Historical Society (NVDHS),

Thank you very much for your continuing support of NVDHS.  It is indeed a pleasure to be a part of this Organization.

Art & Celia Wynn

Art & Celia Wynn

With regret, the NVDHS mourns the loss this summer of former President of NVDHS Alan Kirby and longtime member Arthur Wynn. 

On June 9, we participated in Doors Open Ontario. Leslie Wilson (Stephenson) and Brian presented your Society’s Doctor’s Travelling Kit at the Doctor’s House in Newtonville.  The Kit dates back to 1849 and is always on display at the Society. Greg and Dorella Forget presented historical pictures and movies at the Newtonville Community Hall. It was a huge success. 

The Doors Open event is a yearly event in many communities throughout Ontario. It is a great way to get a history lesson on the community. The Oshawa Doors Open event is scheduled for September 29. I learned that the earliest known baseball game was played in Willow Beach (between Port Hope and Port Granby) in 1803. Apparently there was a nearby court room and the judge, jurors, accused, witnesses, court clerks et. al. enjoyed a game of baseball after court adjourned. There is still much debate about the history of baseball which was founded as a cross between rounders and cricket but Abner Doubleday or Mr. Spalding have been given some credit for inventing baseball in 1839 or 1845. I like the Willow Beach story. 

The wedding dress of Anna Vincent is on display at NVDHS. Anna married Chester Daniel Massey in 1886. Chester was grandson of Daniel Massey, the founder of Massey Manufacturing.

We will be at the Orono Fair again this year. The theme of our presentation is Great Lakes ships.  Historically, Newcastle was a large shipping port so there is a lot of material to discuss. I am looking forward to this presentation. Please visit us at the Fair.

Next time you visit the NVDHS please have a look at the sculpturing over the front door.  It has the words Fortiter, Defendit, Triumphans… Triumphing by Brave Defence. These words are on the coat of arms of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. The sculpture also includes a Lion in a Castle. It looks like the Lion is protecting the Castle.

We are working in conjuncture with Clarington Heritage Committee to develop a Heritage Park by Wilmot Creek to preserve the history of the fish hatchery. Samuel Wilmot opened Ontario’s first full-scale fish hatchery in the Village of Newcastle in 1868.  It is Newcastle Village history and we must preserve our past.  

We will be offering a display during Remembrance Day to honor all Veterans who gave so much for our Freedom that we enjoy today. Please visit us during this period. 

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Wallace