Jason Setnyk

A Historical Walking Tour of Sydney Street

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Article and Photo by Jason Setnyk

Cornwall Ontario — Cornwall’s Little Historian doesn’t just research or post historical photos on Facebook. She reminds us that history is a living entity and that it is all around us. She brings Cornwall’s history to life.

Sara Lauzon has organized a series of Historical Walking Tours.

“I do these walks for several reasons. It helps raise money for a great cause, and it teaches people about the history of their hometown at the same time”, explains Lauzon.

The walking tours are helping to raise money for the House of Refuge monument. $175 was raised today putting the grand total at about $1600. The goal is to raise $5000 for the monument.

People who go on these tours can actively participate and share their knowledge of Cornwall.

“I guide people along the street, and while I share the information I know about these historic homes and the people who had them built, some people share information of personal stories. We teach each other, and it brings such a strong sense of pride. I’m so proud to be from Cornwall, and I’m proud of my town’s history, which is why I love sharing it”, says Lauzon.

Gabriel Rivière-Reid was one of about two dozen people who participated in today’s walk on Sydney Street. He shared his reflections on the experience.

“It’s wonderful to see a different side of an area we are so familiar with. I learned a lot about a street I’ve often walked down without knowing the history. Sara is informative and her personality shines throughout the tour”, said Rivière-Reid.

Sara Lauzon will be organizing three Historical Walking Tours of Pitt Street on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at 1pm, 3pm, and 7pm. People who wish to attend can meet Sara in front of the Clock Tower at Pitt and Water street.

To learn more about Sara Lauzon’s work visit: http://www.saraloveshistory.com/

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