History Day in Kagawong celebrations will feature past videos of event

Authors Cris Kohl, left, and Joan Forsberg spoke about numerous adventures while on the hunt for shipwrecks all over Georgian Bay. As they shared their seafaring tales, they displayed video footage and photographs of past expeditions deep beneath the blue waters of Lake Huron. (2019 Kagawong History Day) photo by Warren Schlote

KAGAWONG – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal in-person History Day in Kagawong celebrations will not take place this year. Instead, the 2020 event will be held online. 

“In a normal year we would be holding our History Day in Kagawong celebrations in person on August 13,” Rick Nelson, curator of the Old Mill Heritage Centre Museum told the Recorder on Tuesday. 

Due to the pandemic, “we will be holding History Day online. It’s COVID-19 that is preventing us from hosting the annual History Day in Kagawong. Instead, we are putting together an online presentation featuring videos that had aired at previous history day events from the last 10 years and beyond. So if you go to our website you will find a selection of videos that people can choose from.”

“People can search the videos on that date and for a while afterward on our museum website at kagawongmuseum.ca,” said Mr. Nelson. 

Mr. Nelson pointed out as well, “along with the video presentations on the museum website, on Thursday, August 13, the day we would have been hosting History Day in Kagawong 2020, the Old Mill Heritage Centre is celebrating the 95th year of the Old Mill building, 1925-2020.”

“The museum will feature a special display featuring a brief story and new pictures of the Old Mill through the years,” continued Mr. Nelson. “Also, cupcakes will be given away, while supplies last, for visitors on Thursday, August 13, 10 am to 4 pm. All safety protocols for COVID-19 are in place.”