Black History Month Event
Overall, the event that was held turned out to be a success. We were able to successfully plan the event which was held in the Sage Room at Huron University College. Due to the fact that the room itself had a small capacity, we were able to fill the table and couches for the two presentations that took place. Mark’s presentation about his documentary, A Light at the End of the Tunnel was interesting and showcased the ways in which his film is going to highlight the local history of London, Ontario in relation to slavery and the African-Canadian community. The second presentation was by George McNeish of the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project. Due to the fact that George was in the hospital the night before, we were very grateful that he was able to speak at our event. Mr. McNeish talked about the history of the chapel as well as slavery in general. He discussed the importance of the preservation project as well as the chapel’s place in the London community. In general, George McNeish did a great job showcasing the church’s intentions as well as the importance for people to get involved and donate to Fugitive Slave Chapel.
A huge part of the events success is owed to Sarah Ritchie, Dr. Bell and the Huron History Society. They were able to give us the inspiration for the event as well as help guide us as to what we needed to do in order to make the event a success. It was also successful because of Katie Robertson and her family. Katie bought the refreshments that we had at the event as well as invited members of her family who attended, making the event more dynamic and less student oriented.
Our bake sale took place on Monday, March 24th. It was the first time that we had actually organized and held an event at Huron University College independent from the Huron History Society. After getting permission to set up our booth in the SAC, our group decided on what we wanted to bake and spent a few hours preparing baked goods and candy to sell. We were surprised at the amount of donations we were able to receive in the end because we assumed most students would not have change on them. In the end, through both of these events, our group was able to inform Huron students of the Historian’s Craft course as well as the importance of local history through the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project.