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Friends of the South Grey Museum Speaker Series 2022: Janie Cooper-Wilson, “How Do You Want Your Ancestors to be Remembered?”

July 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

The Friends of the South Grey Museum invite you to the Speakers Series 2022, developed and hosted by Barry Penhale. As someone with an interest in the Museum and its programs, you know how much we have all missed many activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including our series of talks. We decided to welcome our supporters back to a virtual series for 2022, offered as webinars via Zoom with another eight programs, occurring as usual on the third Wednesday of each month, April to November, at 7:00 pm.

The Museum being no longer available as a host site, and with the continuing threat of COVID, going virtual was the obvious solution. Moving to a virtual delivery brings with it some additional costs, so we have made this a subscription series, but we’ve kept the usual at-the-door cost as a household fee of $10 per session. We are grateful to the Municipality of Grey Highlands for continuing their support for the presenters.

Janie Cooper-Wilson of Wasaga Beach was inducted as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Women in 2018. Her life-long passion for researching and documenting Black history is a crucial part of the collective history of Ontario. A director on the Ontario Historical Society Board, she serves as OHS field representative for Simcoe County and researcher/co-chair of the OHS Cemetery Preservation & Defence Committee. Did you know there are approximately 1,500 known inactive, unapproved, and unregistered burial grounds located across Ontario — all with little protection for their future?

Janie discusses her work over the last two years to investigate, research, and defend three Underground Railroad Burial Grounds in Haldimand County, south of Cayuga, Ontario. One is the resting place of a niece of Harriet Tubman. One is located on private land where many tombstones have been removed. Another has already been ploughed under. All three sites fall within the same official category yet all three pose uniquely different issues. She will share some little-known facts involved in the Cemetery Act and the complex challenges being encountered as she works to preserve the sites and the crucial archival information about the Black pioneers contained within them.

Many Sessions, Your Choice

Hoping you will join us for another exciting series, this time from the comfort of your home, no uncomfortable folding chairs, and no expenditure on gasoline!

Choose which parts of the series you prefer.  Visit our web site for in-depth descriptions of The Sessions.

Full Series of all eight sessions monthly April to November
with one free session discount
for $70

Half Series of four sessions monthly April to July
for $40

Half Series of four sessions monthly August to November
for $40


Buy $70 Full Series (8 sessions) April to November

Buy $40 Half Series (4 sessions) April to July

Buy $40 Half Series (4 sessions) August to November