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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

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…

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…