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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

Comfort package tag, received from George S. Heatherington from the Cowansville Soldiers Comfort Club, ca. 1941 (P058 Herbert Derick collection)

Comfort from Home for the Holidays

January 1st, 2022

For many, the holiday season can bring mixed emotions to the surface. For some, they might be feelings of excitement and joy, for others, they might be feelings of sadness or longing, or they might…

View of the village of East Broughton Station, probably taken in the 1910s, with the Quebec Asbestos Corp. mines visible in the background (P244 Freeman Clowery Collection) 

Tailings in the distance: East Broughton’s mining history

December 3rd, 2021

You would think that being presented with a photograph of an unidentified town with relatively substantial mining operations visible in the background would be fairly easy to situate and identify.  Or, at least, that was…

Wellington Street in Sherbrooke, decorated for the Centenary, 1937 (P244 Freeman Clowery collection)

Looking for a reason to party: Sherbrooke’s 1937 Centenary

November 5th, 2021

As the depths of the Great Depression were starting to wane into the late 1930s, members of the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce put their weight behind the idea of throwing a spectacular event to celebrate…


Canada’s Great Eastern Exhibition: the rise and decline of the Sherbrooke Fair

October 8th, 2021

Horses, pigs, cows, sheep, flowers, fruit, vegetables, milk products, honey, maple syrup, machinery, and poultry (the latter including FIFTY categories of fowl). All – and more – were on display for the tens of thousands…


The legacy of Dutch elm disease

August 30th, 2021

In the 1950s, a silent but interminable killer was ravaging the towering elms of the Townships and there seemed to be little that could be done to slow its progress. In half a century, the…


Following the Brickyard Road

August 13th, 2021

For those who have lived in Lennoxville for decades, “Brickyard Road” may already be synonymous with Glenday Road in your mind. For the rest of us, however, Brickyard Road and Webster Siding, where the railway…

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