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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.

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A page from Delbert’s diary, from August 1933.

The Curious Case of the Unnamed Diaries

August 2nd, 2018

Old diaries can be delightful windows onto the past, with descriptions of the day-to-day activities of a bygone era.  They can also be useful tools for researchers, providing key data needed for their analyses, such…

A portion of the Beebe Subdivision railbed shortly before the removal of rails and ties, ca. 1992.

From Rail to Trail: Sentiers Massawippi and the struggle for a recreational nature path

July 4th, 2018

On a cold and wet September morning in 1990, 60 runners gathered at Bishop’s University for a five and 12 kilometer race to raise funds for a feasibility study on the possible conversion of the…

Postcard of the newly completed Eastern Townships Bank branch in Coaticook, ca. 1905.

The Eastern Townships Bank

June 19th, 2018

Walking down the main streets of any number of Townships’ towns – Coaticook, Rock Island, Danville, or Granby – passersby can find themselves taken in by the commanding neo-classical and second empire architectural styles of…

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Consolidated schools and the changing landscape of schooling in the Townships

March 21st, 2017

It’s funny how some things become ingrained in our memories from childhood, while others slip so easily away. I still remember the Ascot Consolidated School just outside of Lennoxville that sat at the end of…

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Joyce Marshall: Author and Accidental translator

October 24th, 2016

Author and award-winning translator, Joyce Marshall’s roots are found in Montreal and much of her adult life was spent in Toronto but some of her formative years have Townships connections.  Marshall was born in Montreal…

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A Tour Around Clarenceville

September 26th, 2016

The beginnings of Clarenceville can be traced back to the late 1700s, about the time of the U.S.’s War of Independence, when those loyal to the British crown sought refuge in Canada.  Among the early…

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