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Part 1: The War of 1812 with Historical Author Tom Taylor & Lynde House Museum Curator, Monica Effenberger

One of the great aspects of collecting inspiration for my writing, is the opportunity to interview historical experts for The Wellspring Podcast. Recently, I had the pleasure of discussing the War of 1812 and General Isaac Brock with historical author, Tom Taylor and museum curator, Monica Effenberger. It was a delightful conversation, at Lynde House Museum,  packed with historical insights and delectable anecdotes. Enjoy!

Please enjoy this Wellspring Podcast episode of Part 1: The War of 1812 with Historical Author Tom Taylor & Lynde House Museum Curator, Monica Effenberger.

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Oxen on the Farm

(A Four Photo Series)

Photo 1: John Harasmchuk with oxen; 1912, Smuts, Saskatchewan; Library and Archives Canada / PA-088456 /   Photo 2: Roy Stinson is shown behind oxen, clearing land. McCord Disrict, South of LaFleche, Québec; 1912;George E. Dragan / Library and Archives Canada / PA-088476 /  Photo 3: W.G. Huntand and a pair of oxen; 1900, Lloydminister, AB; Canada. Dept. of Mines and Resources / Library and Archives Canada / C-002076 /  Photo 4: Mowing with oxen (Cutting and binding with oxen); 1914, location unknown; Topley Studio / Library and Archives Canada / PA-011024

 

How Settlers Cleared Their Land

Among the settler families’ first concerns was clearing trees from their allotments so land could be cultivated and crops grown. The prospect of such an undertaking must have been daunting. The second-growth forests of today are very different from the dense forests and huge trees our fore-bearers encountered. Colonel Strickland wrote about measuring a tree 11 feet in diameter with “the trunk rising like a majestic column, towering upwards for sixty or seventy feet before branching off its mighty head.”

Please enjoy this Wellspring Podcast of How Settlers Cleared Their Land.

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