November 26th, 2009 - left to right - Doreen Nowak (President Hekkla Historical Society), Sarah Bissonette (reporter for the Parry Sound North Star/Beacon) & Bruce Crawford (Hekkla Historical Society member) met at the Seguin Libraries - Rosseau Branch.
Sarah met with Doreen & Bruce to interview both of them about the book "Icelandic Migration to Canada, 1872-1875 : New perspectives on the 'Myth of beginnings'" by Ryan C. Eyford, B.A. Hons.
After the interview, Bruce & Doreen presented a copy of the book to the Seguin Libraries - Rosseau Branch's local history collection. The author, Ryan C. Eyford is of Icelandic descent on his fathers's side from Manitoba, Canada. He received a BA (Honours) from the Unniversity of Winnipeg and a MA from Carleton University in Ottawa. This book was his thesis for his MA from Carleton. Ryan is presently a PHd candidate at University of Manitoba. Doreen and Bruce also thanked Don Gislason of Toronto, an Icelandic historian for encouraging their Hekkla Historical Society to obtainn a copy of this book. Don had the printing done for them.
This book traces the beginnings of the Icelandic immgration to Canada with focus on the early settlements of Muskoka District (Hekkla) and Parry Sound District (Rosseau) and the ill fated site near Kinmount, Ontario.
Any person whose ancestors came from these areas would find this very interesting. (text from Doreen & Bruce's presentation to the Seguin Libraries - Rosseau Branch on November 26th, 2009).
On, behalf of the Seguin Libraries - Rosseau Branch, we would like to thank Doreen, Bruce and the Hekkla Historical Society's donation of this book to our Local History Collection. The book will be available for viewing at the Seguin Libraries - Rosseau Branch the week of November 30th, 2009.
Here is the article written by Sarah Bissonette from the Parry Sound North Star on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 -