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Several of our members participated in the Loyalist Bus Tour to the Hudson Valley of New York, organized by George Anderson, C.M.H., UE, and Edward Kipp, C.M.H., UE. This was an extremely well run and enjoyable tour.

We had our Charter Night Dinner on October 26,2000, at the Officer's Mess of the Black Watch (RHR) Armoury in Montreal which was designed by the late Percy Nobbs, a famous Scottish born and bred architect and former Director and Professor at the School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal.

As a point of Loyalist interest, Mr. Nobbs was the father of the late Phoebe Hyde UE, a founding member and a former President of Heritage Branch. Our guest speaker was Mr. Roy Lewis UE of Col. Edward Jessup Branch and Regional Vice President, Central East, of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada. He spoke about the strengths and potentials of our organization, and then entertained us with stories and anecdotes about his family history including the Reverend Thaddeus Lewis, the son of his Loyalist ancestor. Roy quoted from the Rev. Lewis's autobiography. His exploits as a soldier in the war of 1812 were fascinating. When he was finished, he was presented with a copy of our Branch's Book The Loya lists of Quebec. A Forgotten History. Mr. David Hannaford sincerely thanked him for his excellent talk.

Our guests from other branches who joined us that evening were: Mr. Richard Eldridge UE, president of Sir John Johnson Centennial, Branch; Sandra Shouldice UE, president of St. Lawrence Branch; George and Janet Anderson from Nepean Ontario, (Members of both St. Lawrence and Sir Guy Carleton Branches who have recently joined Heritage Branch), and Louise Hall and Adelaide Lanktree of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch. Mr. Eldridge still sits on the Board of La Societe de Restauration du Patrimoine Johnson, which is a group dedicated to restoring the gravesite of Sir John Johnson on Mont St. Gregoire, Quebec, formally Mount Johnson. He gave us a most interesting and comprehensive update on the progress of this project, which is very encouraging.

Okill Stuart, C.M.H., UE, our Immediate Past President and a past Dominion President was made an Honorary Fellow of the Heraldry Society in October 2000. He was congratulated on this new honour as well as on his new marriage to Sylvia, in August 2000.

Heritage Branch fully supports the new Loyalist Burial Sites Project being chaired by Mrs. Myma Fox UE, Senior Vice President of the Dominion Council. We have already made two submissions to this project.

The Millennium Essay and Poetry Collection Project is getting underway and has already received a submission. We look forward to receiving more in the near future. Any essays and poems for this project should be sent to Adrian Willison, 41 Devon Road, Beaurepaire, Quebec, Canada, H9W 4K7. They will be most welcome.

Several of our members attended the annual Christmas Dinner and gift collection hosted by Laurentian Branch of the Heraldry Society of Canada in December 2000. The collection of gifts was donated to sick children in Hopital Sainte Justine, Montreal.
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Title Annotation:historical society news
Author:Willison, Adrian
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2001
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