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In the blog entry, Note from Cambodia, Jon Darrah suggested that we contact the community of Colonsay, Scotland, to let them know about our history book. He had made contact with the community when he was researching the Darrach family, so he knew there would be interest. We followed up to request that they feature our history book on their blog, and now you can check it out for yourself at Corncrake. Click on “books” on left column and scroll down.

While you are visiting the site, take some time to read their news. It will give you an excellent introduction to how a blog can bring a community to life online. Thanks to Corncrake for featuring Clyde River.

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Our community’s history has been launched for a couple of weeks now, and we hear things have been a little quieter in Clyde River since then, as readers have been feverishly reading and remembering. But what we have been hearing that we find interesting is the memories that the book has evoked. So, we thought this site would be a great way to share your further memories about our shared history.

We invite you to the conversation by sending us your comments, stories and those photos that you so wish could have been included, and we will publish them here. Also, because writing history can be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, please send us any corrections/pieces that could be set right.

For those of you who have yet to purchase the book, we encourage you to get your copy and join in.

Please send your submissions to: clyderiverpei@gmail.com

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Emily Bryant recognizes those who contributed to the research and writing of the history at the Book Launch on November 21, 2009.

Article that appeared in The Guardian, November 19, 2009

A patchwork of time…
By Mary MacKay, The Guardian

New book detailing the history of Clyde River pieces together prior interviews, scrapbooks and other information with research of today for a complete community history package

History comes in all forms. And hanging high in the Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River are two historical remnants that are signs of former fundraising times.

Not only do the two heritage quilts dating to 1904 and 1921 bear the hand-threaded signatures of people who paid 10 cents to have their names inscribed to raise money for a local church, they also bear testament to the families who have been the backbone of the community of Clyde River.

“What’s really neat about it is the names are of people who keep appearing over and over in the Clyde River history book,” Emily Bryant says of a new community compilation, The History and Stories of Clyde River, Prince Edward Island.

Bryant is one of five members on the Clyde River History Committee that also includes Sandra Cameron, Hilda Colodey, Nancy FitzGerald and Carol Murray of Cornwall, who are presently or formerly from Clyde River. The committee produced the new book, which was printed by Kwik Kopy in Charlottetown. (more…)

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