According to one organizer, Saturday’s Beaverdams Heritage Day drew around 100 attendees at the the Friends of Beaverdams Church all-day symposium, many coming for certain talks, and others there for the entire day. Organizers consider it a great success.
The event was organized by former Trinity United Church minister and avid historian George Addison, along with Friends members, as a contribution to the celebrations surrounding Canada’s 150th birthday. Topics that were presented “Methodism and the Antislavery Movement in Canada”, presented by Reverend George Addison, “History of Methodism and Evangelicalism in Colonial Canada”, presented by Dr. Danny Sansom of Brock University, “Methodism and Music”, presented by Rick Young and David Cowan, and “Evolution of a Cultural Heritage Landscape and Growing up in Beaverdams”, presented by Sarah King Head and Heather Armstrong.
The day was capped off by the unveiling of a plaque of listing all of the Beaverdams Church’s superintendents during the 140 years that the Sunday School operated there, providing not just religious learning, but basic “Three R’s” education for those desiring it as well. On hand for the ceremony was former church superintendent LeRoy Watson, father of former Thorold Mayor Robin Brock.