An exciting new anthology, Quakerism in the Atlantic World, 1690–1830, is coming out this May. Edited by Robynne Rogers Healey, the anthology features articles on Quaker testimonies and practices, Quakerism in community and in the world, and expressions of Quakerism around the Atlantic world. . . . (Click here to read more) “New Anthology Coming Soon on Eighteenth-Century Quakers”
Since October, the blog has featured two articles about Coldstream from both Donna Moore and Dave Zavitz. We continue this week with an article by Dave Zavitz on Coldstream’s early economic development and the impact of early Quaker families.
Coldstream’s Early Development
The early Coldstream area was heavily forested with the Bear Creek (Sydenham River) running through it. . . . (Click here to read more) “Coldstream’s Early Development”
While Friends globally hold differing views on the holiday season, early Quakers did not mark Christmas as a day different from any other. In his book, Christmastime in Pennsylvania, Don Yoder argues that while Quakers were against Christmas celebrations, some Quakers in mid-nineteenth century Pennsylvania “succumbed to a modified attention to Christmas at least as a family festival.” . . . (Click here to read more) “Early Quakers and Christmas”
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!”
Peaceful. If I had one word to describe the setting of the Coldstream Meeting House, it would be peaceful. Coldstream is a small village about twenty-five minutes west of London. The Meeting House, on Quaker Lane, is beside a conservation area and the Quaker burying ground. . . . (Click here to read more) “Coldstream Meeting in the Fall”
In this month’s Founders and Builders Series, we introduce you to an influential Friend and early contributor to the CFHA. Our fourth essay features Fred Haslam and is written by Dorothy Trimble. Dorothy passed in 2014 at the age of 91 but remembers the life of Fred Haslam here in her 2012 essay written for the 40th anniversary of the CFHA. . . . (Click here to read more) “Founders and Builders Series: Fred Haslam”
Many organizations have their own creation story, and CFHA is no exception. It came into being out of a concern for the preservation of a small, somewhat decrepit little meetinghouse out in the countryside west of Uxbridge, Ontario. When word that this meetinghouse might be purchased and moved to the United States reached Toronto Monthly Meeting, Kathleen Schmitz-Hertzberg made it her goal that the building and its heritage not be lost. . . . (Click here to read more) “CFHA Celebrates 48 Years!”
“The Best Man for Settling New Country…”: The Journal of Timothy Rogers
Edited by Christopher Densmore and Albert Schrauwers
This guest post is contributed by Albert Schrauwers and includes his reflections on editing Timothy Rogers’ journal alongside Christopher Densmore. Rogers’ journal can be found here: https://www.cfha.info/journalrogers.pdf . . . (Click here to read more) ““The Best Man for Settling New Country…”: The Journal of Timothy Rogers”
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”