Local history in the spotlight with library events

The 1952 Cockshutt 40 tractor: A Hands On History Series event Sept. 18 at the Brantford Public Library's main and St. Paul branches will focus on local industry. Postmedia

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A Save the Evidence event and Hands on History series will provide Brantford residents with insight and knowledge of the area’s local history.

These events are free and registration is not required.

The Save the Evidence: Enduring Lessons from Mohawk Residential School happens Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the library’s main branch. It will feature Carley Gallant-Jenkins, outreach co-ordinator at the Woodland Cultural Centre. She will speak about the Save the Evidence program and the renovations taking place at the former Mohawk Institute, the longest-running residential school in Canada, which closed in 1970.

The Hands On History Series, meanwhile, kicks off Sept. 18 with an event at 11 a.m. at the main branch and 2 p.m. at the St. Paul branch. The series is in partnership with the Brant Museum and Archives and will feature interactive displays with items from the museum’s special collection. The first event will focus on Brantford’s industry, providing details on the Cockshutt Plow Co., Massey’s, Verity’s and more.

Here are the other events in the series:

• On Oct. 23, learn juicy details on local crimes and criminals and get information on how to use free library resources to research Brantford’s past;

• O Nov. 20, a Remembrance event will include a display of Second World War artifacts, including helmets, hats, medals and soldier’s kits. Brantford’s contribution to Normandy will be discussed, along with tips on how to use the library for military research.

• On Dec. 4, the final event in the series, will be a discussion on New Year’s Eve customs and traditions from around the world.

Each Hands On History series event will be presented at the main branch at 11 a.m. and St. Paul branch at 2 p.m.

Also at the main branch, there will be an Introduction to Ancestry.com event on Sept. 18 and a Military Records event on Oct. 23. Both begin at 6:30 p.m.

At Your Library is a weekly column provided by the staff of the Brantford Public Library. Readers requiring more information can call the library at 519-756-2220 or visit www.brantford.library.on.ca.