Date(s) - 22/09/2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Graham Segger’s presentation, and the book it is drawn from, explore the relationship between the people who have lived in the central Niagara community of Upper Fonthill and the land they have occupied. It could be described as a genealogy of the land. A blend of history and geography, the presentation starts with the glacial era formation of the high ground and traces its occupation over the last five thousand years, with a particular focus on the period 1780 to the present.
This presentation provides a fascinating study of the changes of ownership and use of a relatively small area of land, bringing in a myriad of historical anecdotes and an interesting cast of characters. Graham’s research leans heavily on Ontario land registration records sourced from both Onland digital copies and the original copy books. He will provide a few tips for effectively using both resources while outlining this case study on how to research past property ownership in Ontario. The book also presents a reasonable amount of genealogical detail about the families involved, though that will not be the focus of the presentation. Graham will provide a selection of vignettes about the struggles of hard-working settlers, conflicts over land, political infighting, and yes, even a dash of vice.
What the early reviewers are saying about The Land at the Crest of the Hill:
- “Graham is an excellent researcher and his book was a pleasure to read.” Johanna Abrahamse, author of Dexter D’Everardo: A Chronology of His Life
- “Congratulations and thanks for this book, which provides so much new information for past and future students of local history.” Mary Lamb, author of Pelham: The Making of a Community
- “Meticulously researched and accessibly written, this history is filled with surprising new discoveries about the land that I called (and still call) my home.” Dr. Anna Lathrop, Professor and former Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President, Students, Brock University
Print copies of the book will be available at local Fonthill retailers by October 1 for $25 and an eBook PDF version will be available for digital download on September 22, 2023 for $20 through pelhamhistoricalsociety.ca.