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County unveils Canada 150 book & exhibit of local stories

Every resident has a story, and every one of these stories makes up the collective history of Northumberland. This was the premise of a project unveiled last evening by Northumberland County in celebration of Canada 150.

Following a call for stories this past spring from first, second and third generation Canadians living in Northumberland, the County has released a publication entitled '150 Stories and Images of Arrival in Northumberland County'. This publication captures 75 stories and 75 sets of images from people detailing their own immigration experience--or that of their family members--to this community. The County has also collaborated with The Art Gallery of Northumberland to host an exhibit of this collection, entitled 'When We Came From Away', which officially opens today, after a reception last evening.

"Northumberland has evolved in tandem with the nation; our story is complex and nuanced, and is still being written," stated Warden Mark Walas, whose father's story appears as part of the project. "As we mark a century and a half since Canada's confederation, let us continue to build on our understanding of the many ties that bind this community together. We can do this by sharing stories--like those that are part of this project--and by sharing in the customs and traditions of our neighbours, appreciating the many facets of what it means to be Canadian."

This Canada 150 project was conceived and produced as part of Northumberland County's ongoing work through its Immigration Portal, growing and sustaining newcomer business investment and settlement to the area. For this reason, the focus of the project is on the stories of Northumberland's more recent newcomer population.

"Northumberland has a thriving immigrant population that is actively contributing to the health and prosperity of our municipalities," stated County Director of Economic Development and Tourism Dan Borowec. "Recognizing the journey to settlement here, as experienced by some of these residents and their families, is another opportunity to create greater understanding about who we are as a community, and how Northumberland contributes to the national Canadian identity. We sincerely thank all of our participants for contributing to the success of this project by sharing their stories."

The publication '150 Stories and Images of Arrival in Northumberland County'  is available for purchase for $17.70 plus HST from Northumberland County's 555 Courthouse Road and 600 William Street locations in Cobourg.

This publication was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between Durham Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

The exhibit 'When We Came From Away' was featured from November 10th to December 31st, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, located in Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg. For more information please email us or visit:

150 Stories of Arrivals in Northumberland County Book Cover in blue with red maple leaf designed with photos from the book inside of the maple leaf