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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 façade and platform of the first CPR station in Sherbrooke, ca. 1907. (P058 Herbert Derick collection) P058-010-07-001-040

Sherbrooke’s first Canadian Pacific Railway station

July 18th, 2022

Today, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station – the present Marché de la Gare – stands out among the surrounding modern buildings as a gem of Sherbrooke’s past and its historic architecture has been well-preserved. …

Belvidere W.I. hat contest using kitchen utensils, ca. 1965 (P003 Belvidere Women’s Institute fonds)

Belvidere Women’s Institute: a story of community

June 23rd, 2022

First organized as the Belvidere Homemakers’ Club in 1916, the first founders established the club as a way to contribute to the war effort during World War I.  During the war years, the Club focused…

The cast of “Coronation Revue” presented by the Sherbrooke High School Players in March 1953. Photographer: Gerry Lemay (P230 Royce Gale fonds)

Townshippers Celebrate a Coronation

May 9th, 2022

With the recent celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee and with Victoria Day around the corner, which is the monarch’s official birthday in Canada, it seems like a fitting time to step back nearly…

Tomifobia United Church, ca. 1981 (P171 Donald F. Sangster fonds) P171-008

No fear of Toms here: how Tomifobia got its name

April 8th, 2022

While driving recently and upon seeing a sign for Tomifobia, my car-mate made a joke about a “fear of Toms” and asked where the name came from; a question I did not have answer for…


Mansonville’s Manson House hotel and Mason Block

March 8th, 2022

Going back one hundred years to the corner of what is presently Mansonville’s Principale and Joseph-Blanchet Streets depicts a much different streetscape from what we see today.  Postcard views from the early 20th century showing…


St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Bown

March 8th, 2022

Brookbury. Canterbury. Bown. Bury.  At one time, each of these villages located in the historical boundaries of Bury Township had their own Anglican church (most are still standing today).  The proliferation of churches in Bury,…

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