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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

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…

rebellion damage claim by Messrs. Manie, Clark, Gibson, Johnson, Chapman, and McCallum, ca.1840 (P058/004.52 Herbert Derick Collection)

The Rebels Come to the Townships

May 17th, 2019

“On the morning of the 3rd day of February 1839 while yet dark, their dwelling house was surrounded and violently entered by a large number of armed Rebels from the United States who, after first…

Dudswell lime kiln and quarries, 1876. (P164 Eddy Echenberg collection)

Lime Ridge and the Dominion Lime Company

April 16th, 2019

As a company town, Lime Ridge’s growth was inextricably tied to the lime quarrying companies that sprung up in the mineral rich area of Dudswell Township in the 19th century. Although the population of the…

A Business and Professional Women’s Club rally held in North Hatley, 1939 (P226/002 Business and Professional Women's Club of Sherbrooke fonds)

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Sherbrooke

March 12th, 2019

In 1930, most Canadian women had had the right to vote in federal elections for nine years but it would still be another ten years before they would achieve that right in Quebec provincial elections. …

View of the Slack greenhouse in Waterloo, 1909 (P058 H.R. Derick collection)

The king of the mushroom: Slack Brothers of Waterloo

January 15th, 2019

It’s cold outside.  All plant life is covered in centimetres of the white stuff and our hopes of fresh garden vegetables are months away.  In this cold-weather season, don’t you just crave a good, fresh…