WHAT'S IN A NAME?
THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME "LOST VILLAGES"
The following information was received from Fran Laflamme. As the "first" president of the Lost Villages Historical Society, Fran was there when the name was envisaged for our society. Fran took pen in hand and described for us the origin of our "Lost Villages Historical Society". Now that the name "Lost Villages" is becoming known and is in widespread use, it would be wise to document the origin.
In the mid 1970's, Mary Mack, the first female councilor in Cornwall and a pillar of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry- Cornwall Historical Society, first used the name in a telephone conversation with Fran. She chided Fran for not being a member of that society. Fran told her she had a much stronger interest in preserving the story and artifacts of the flooded villages. "Ah yes, you want to tell the story of the Lost Villages." remarked Mary.
The term had a certain poetic turn that stayed with Fran, and when, a few years later (1977), the small group met to form the present society, it was unanimously agreed by the members to use Miss Mack's name.
The Lost Villages Historical Society is an incorporated nonprofit charitable organization. This group of dedicated individuals support the development of educational and museum archiving programs at the Lost Villages Museum Site in Ault Park, Long Sault, Ontario.
The members of the Society help run a variety of activities and events during the tourist season (early spring, summer and late fall). With this support, the museum site is able to operate six months a year.
One of the main goals of the Lost Villages Historical Society is to inform the public, and specifically school children, about the loss of communities which formerly existed along the St. Lawrence River, prior to the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project in the late 1950s.
If you would like to become a member of the society, please see our membership page.
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