Who is Coming to the Next Lanark County Genealogical Society Meeting May 6?

Who is Coming to the Next Lanark County Genealogical Society Meeting May 6?




Randy Boswell  May 6th meeting!!- News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age

Hosted by Lanark County Genealogical Society

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Brunton Community Hall
1702 9th Line, corner of Hwy 15 and 9th Line, Blacks Corners, Carleton Place ON.


News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age

The digitization of historical newspapers has created a remarkable portal to the past for researchers and storytellers of all stripes. What can be found? Long-lost answers to enduring questions, as well as forgotten people, places and events that — once rediscovered — can spark exciting initiatives to commemorate the past and enrich the present life of any community.  With stories from his own adventures at the intersection of journalism and history, former Ottawa Citizen writer Randy Boswell — now a Carleton University professor with a passion for historical sleuthing — discusses recent discoveries in Ottawa Valley archaeology and probes the digital files of the Lanark County for  hidden gems.


Biography of Randy Boswell


After a long, wide-ranging career with the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News, where he covered city hall, had a business column, wrote a variety of feature stories, served as city editor and developed a national history beat, Randy Boswell became a full-time professor in 2012.


But he’d been teaching journalism at Carleton as a contract instructor since the mid-1990s, helping to train hundreds of students over the years in the fundamentals of reporting.

He currently teaches second- and third-year reporting courses as well as a fourth-year lecture course — Journalism Now and Next — that explores the multitude of economic, technological, political and ethical issues facing the profession.

Boswell has been shortlisted for the Pierre Berton Award, Canada’s top prize for popularizing Canadian history, was the 2010 winner of the Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award and was co-writer of a 1997 National Newspaper Award-nominated special project on Gatineau Park. He continues to write history-related news stories on a freelance basis and is pursuing various research projects that employ 19th-century newspapers to shed fresh light on political, scientific and journalistic issues and personalities of that era.

Boswell recently edited a collection of essays related to the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth and co-authored two papers set to appear in the Canadian Journal of Archaeology that unravel a 150-year-old mystery about an ancient aboriginal burial ground along the Ottawa River.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Lanark County Genealogical Society website–click here


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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