Canada 150: Canada AND Proctor House are 150 in 2017
On July 1st, 2017, Canada was 150 and that was a great opportunity for The History Guy to tell the story of how Canada evolved from colony to country. But wait! Proctor House is also 150 years old in 2017, and the builder of Proctor House, John Edward Proctor, was Reeve of Brighton in 1867! Learn of the early history of the Proctor family and the development of Proctor House Museum. Follow along as history moves forward to Centennial year in Brighton and then Canada 150. Lots of interesting information and some fun twists you have not heard before.
This story presented during the Canada 150 celebration at Proctor House Museum, in The Barn Theatre, July 1, 2017 at 2 pm.
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