Doan’s Kidney Pills, a widely used brand of pills that gained popularity throughout the United States and Britain in the early twentieth century, claimed Canadian Quaker origins in their advertising. The pills were said to help a number of ‘female complaints,’ including kidney disease, back pain, nervousness, headaches, and restlessness. . . . (Click here to read more) “Quaker Connections: Doan’s Kidney Pills”
A few new changes have come to CFHA’s website. Our events page has been updated with more information about Friendly Fridays. These free sessions are ongoing and new participants are always welcome! If you’re interested in attending a Friendly Fridays session and delving into the journal of George Fox, you can find more information and register on our events page. . . . (Click here to read more) “New to the Website”
On the subject of marriage, William Penn wrote, “Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.” Marriage was an expectation for most young Quakers, yet the practice of endogamy and the parameters surrounding marriage set out by Quaker discipline governed the choices Friends made. . . . (Click here to read more) “Marriage and Faith Adherence: An Early Canadian Quaker Love Story”
For many of us in Canada and around the world, this holiday season will look a little different from past years. As we prepare to celebrate apart from our loved ones and many of our traditions are put on hold, we look forward to Christmases in the future where we can again gather safely. . . . (Click here to read more) “This Christmas Season and Stories of Christmases Past”
For those of you interested in adding to your library, we have an exciting private book sale to let you know about. Kyle Jolliffe, author of Seeking the Blessed Community: A History of Canadian Young Friends 1875-1996, is looking to downsize his library and has over two hundred books for sale. . . . (Click here to read more) “Library Sale!”
A reminder that the CFHA’s Annual General Meeting is this Saturday, September 26th. The program portion beings at 11am Eastern time and will feature Quaker historians Stephen W. Angell and Ben Pink Dandelion. The business portion of the AGM will follow. . . . (Click here to read more) “Reminder! AGM this Saturday, September 26th”
This week the CFHA is happy to announce a book giveaway! To enter: follow the CFHA on Facebook or Twitter and register for the upcoming AGM program here for the chance to win a copy of Robynne Rogers Healey’s book, From Quaker to Upper Canadian: Faith and Community Among Yonge Street Friends, 1801 – 1850. . . . (Click here to read more) “Book Giveaway!”
The Canadian Quaker Highlight series features the stories of Friends whose lives are part of the Canadian Quaker experience.
Anna (Engeltie, or ‘Angelica’) Solmes was born in Dutchess County, New York, in 1774. Anna immigrated to Upper Canada in the late 1790s after her marriage to Jacob Cronk. . . . (Click here to read more) “Canadian Quaker Highlight: Anna Solmes Cronk”
We’ve updated our transcriptions page with a new upload: Toronto Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) book from 1893-1902.
You can also see the PDF here: https://cfha.info/TorontoMMB-2-47.pdf
The Toronto Quaker Meeting continues to be an active meeting to this day. More about the history of the meeting can be found on the first page of the transcription. . . . (Click here to read more) “New Transcription: Toronto Monthly Meeting, 1893-1902 (B-2-47)”
Published in the 2006 edition of the Canadian Journal of Quaker History, Anne G. Adams’ article, “‘Done Without Spectacles…’ Three Generations of a Quaker Family and Their Textiles,” follows the textile trail of the British-born Mullett family who settled in Upper Canada in 1821. . . . (Click here to read more) “Textiles in Upper Canada”