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About Jody

As a true native of the Eastern Townships, I was raised on a dairy farm near Lennoxville. Always interested in the history of the region, I obtained my BA from Bishop’s University and went on to pursue Master’s studies in History at the Université de Sherbrooke. I worked with heritage organizations in the Eastern Townships, including the Colby-Curtis Museum, the Compton County Historical Museum Society and served as the archivist at the Eastern Townships Resource Centre. Beginning in 2006, I have been publishing articles about Townships’ history, people and culture – trying to spread the word about our beautiful region and its rich heritage.

Latest articles

ETRC-Stsebastiengranit1 : St-Louis-de-France Catholic Church, built with St-Sébastien grey granite between 1921and 1923. (P232 Société d’histoire et du patrimoine du Haut-St-François collection)

Have granite, will travel: Pieces of the Townships across the province

July 9th, 2020

Written by Justin Gobeil, summer student What does the St. Michel Cathedral in Sherbrooke, St. Joeseph’s Oratory in Montreal, the Bank of Canada in Ottawa, and the Musée National des Beaux-Art du Québec have in…

Possibly the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards of Ottawa in camp in the E.T., between 1904 and 1912 (P135 H.K. Warren Milne collection)

“Not a single case of drunkenness or insubordination of any kind”: keeping it civil while in camp

May 27th, 2020

Rise at 5am, breakfast, drills, dinner, drills, tea, drills, lights out 10:15pm. Such was the routine of life while in militia camp in the 1880s and 1890s. A cursory glance might suggest days of drudgery…


A Stroll along Danville’s Main Street

May 6th, 2020

Contributed by Allisha Hampton Pettigrew, Bishop's University History student Danville owes its beginnings to Simeon Flint who settled in the area in 1807 and named the town “Danville” after his former home in New England:…

A view of F.W. Jones’ apiary, probably taken around the 1920s (P020 E.T. Heritage Foundation fonds)

The Splendid Opportunities of Bees

April 21st, 2020

These days, with increased interest in self-sufficiency and recognition of the importance of bees in maintaining pollination, beekeeping feels almost commonplace in this area. A century ago, however, beekeeping was the realm of relatively few…

Eastern Telephone Company employees Kay Lyon MacTurner, Gladys Dustin, Doris Mosher, and Rose Thompson at the Ayer’s Cliff exchange office, ca. 1930s (P020 E.T. Heritage Foundation fonds) (79-22-4)

A career at the switchboard: Rose Thompson, telephone operator

February 11th, 2020

A box covered with little holes, cords zig-zagging all over the place, connecting and disconnecting to jacks, speaking politely to clients all day long.  This was the work of the telephone operator in the time…

Horse-drawn cutter, ca. 1890s (P042 Newton Brookhouse) P042-260

Bringing Christmas in Hatley

December 19th, 2019

Barbara Rose Eardley-Wilmot was born June 30, 1915 to parents Rev. Canon Charles Revell Eardley-Wilmot and Rose Meredyth Bowen.  Her father, Charles, served as an Anglican minister at various churches throughout the Diocese of Quebec…

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