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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

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…

Murray M. Woodman, CEF, and Dorothy J. Neill's, WAAF, wedding in London, England, ca. 1943. (P214 Woodman family fonds)  P214-011_001

Love in the Time of War

November 22nd, 2019

It’s perhaps not the first thing we think of when reflecting on the World Wars of the 20th century but love and marriage were ever-present even during this tumultuous period.  In particular, love (or, at…

Construction of an unknown dam, ca. 1920s. (P177 Lake Massawippi Area Historical Society collection)

Mystery Photos on the Menu

November 5th, 2019

This month the ETRC would like to enlist the help of readers to identify a few of our numerous unidentified photographs.   All of these photographs come from a collection of documents that are primarily from…

The Bombardier snowmobile bus, belonging to the Compton County Protestant Central School Board, ca. 1950s.  (P020 E.T. Heritage Foundation fonds) P020-003-06-D002-P874

Hoofin’ it to School

September 20th, 2019

Crisp air, leaves beginning to change, and getting back into the routines of school are part of how we’re ushered out of summer and into autumn.  With the start of school also come the sights…

Kay wearing a burnous, a hooded Arab cloak, in Bou Saâda, Algeria, 1935. (P135 H.K. Warren Milne collection)

Kay Warren: A Worldly Woman

August 28th, 2019

This article was written by our summer archives technician, Jazmine Aldrich. “It all began way back on December 21st 1935,” wrote Henrietta Kathleen Warren – or as many knew her, Kay – in her travel…

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