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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

Illustration by Coburn for Christmas in French Canada, “V’la l’bon vent! V’la l’joli vent”

Depicting Christmas folk tales with illustrations by Frederick S. Coburn

December 18th, 2018

Hills covered with snow, a sled carrying logs pulled by a team of horses.  These are among the most-remembered subjects of Townships painter Frederick S. Coburn (1871-1960), who spent much of his life in Melbourne. …

Unknown young woman, photograph from the Wilkinson Bros Studio in Cookshire, ca. 1930s

Every picture tells a story: help us tell more stories

October 5th, 2018

“A photograph is worth a thousand words.”  This idiom certainly rings true when it comes to some photographs.  And while other photographs might not hold the weight of a thousand words, many are still able…


Remembering School Days

September 7th, 2018

September is upon us, which means that students and teachers all over the province are in the midst of settling into the school routines.  This year, as with each new school year, they will be…

Main Street in Bedford, ca. 1910s, a place that Delbert visited often.

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…