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Bee Removal

BEE REMOVAL

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

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FOUNDATION REPLACEMENT

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Beaverdams Church in Thorold, Ontario

Getting the Keys to Beaverdams Church from Mayor Ted LucianiBeaverdams Church was built in 1832 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church to serve the needs of the nearby village and surrounding farming community. It was here that the father of public education in British North American, Rev. Egerton Ryerson, first preached and close to the site of one of the nation’s first free, non-denominational schools. With waning attendance in the late nineteenth century, the church became home to a much-loved community Sunday School, which operated until the late 1970s.

The church was recognised by the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario in 1965 and was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1994. Bought by the City of Thorold in 2010, it was sold in 2014 to the Friends of Beaverdams Church, an organisation that was incorporated in 2013 under the Ontario Historical Society’s Act of 1899 and that received charitable status from the CRA in 2014.

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Come visit the Friends' table next weekend. We'd love to see you!
More than 20 windows of the 26 required ...after less than 6 months of fundraising!
Another window!
It's a bit of a mess but the renovation of the foundation has begun!
Doug Todd and lead Eva MacDonald sift through centuries worth of soil. You can read more about their findings (not significant) on www.friendsofbeaverdamschurch.com\a-busy-summer
David Robertson, Doug Todd and Eva MacDonald of ASI conducted a stages 1 and 2 archaeological assessment of the foundation on a hot July day
And Marilyn thought the view was best from here
Peter preferred this angle!
Liz was one of the half dozen artists who came out to paint en plein air on Thursday
Getting some help from TSS students made a *big* difference