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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

Reuben Copping and Eliza "Lizzie" Mason, probably taken at the time of their marriage in 1894. (P239 Copping-Boyce family fonds) P239-001-008

The Copping family comes to Sand Hill

November 4th, 2022

If you look at the Quebec census returns from 1851, the first census when each person was enumerated, to 1921, the most recent census available, you will not see a huge variation in the number…

Arthur Speid (right) with Orson Rublee in costume for “Old Cronies” in 1902. (P196 Speid-Motyer family fonds)

Going to school in Lennoxville with Arthur T. Speid

October 13th, 2022

During his long life, Arthur Speid was a fixture around Lennoxville and Bishop’s University, first as a day student at Bishop’s College School and, later, as part the theatre life of the University, as well…


Lost, but not Forgotten: the Capelton Covered Bridge

August 11th, 2022

By Melina Carrier for the ETRC An unofficial characteristic that makes up the history of the Eastern Townships is the scenery of the landscape. The Eastern Townships is known to be one of the most…

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…

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