Jody's blog

Discover your past


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

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…

The S.S. Ojibway was the final large steamer to be captained by B.V. Naylor, 1908 (P058/010.05/001/039 Hebert Derick collection)

Plying the Richelieu River with Captain Benjamin Naylor

July 25th, 2019

For a short period in the early 1900s, Captain B.V. Naylor made his mark on the tourist and shipping industry along the Richelieu River near the Quebec/Vermont border.  Born in Noyan in 1858, Benjamin Naylor’s…

Covered bridge in Lennoxville, built around 1849 and demolished in 1938 following the construction of a steel bridge. (P006/010/003 Minnie Hallowell Bowen fonds)

Fight for Survival: Covered Bridges in the Eastern Townships

June 21st, 2019

Horse-drawn carriages, dirt roads, and covered bridges.  They all seem to just go together when we think of the past.  CanadaPost’s recent issuing of a new stamp series showing Canada’s historic covered bridges speaks to…