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SHDP Summer 2022 Newsletter

How is your summer going?  Mine has been great but it is flying by a bit too fast!
 
The Ship Hector Passenger Descendants (and Friends*) Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 18th, from Noon - 3pm, at the McCulloch Genealogy Centre, Haliburton Road, Pictou.  
(* you don't have to be a descendant to attend)

THE SCHEDULE:
12-1pm Fiddling group: Thursday Old Time Fiddlers
1pm - 1:30pm Highland dancing with dancers from Parker School of Dance
1:30 - 2pm Amelia Parker, award winning fiddler, and guest
Speakers: 2-3pm
1. Emily McEwan, of Bradan Press, will share info about some Gaelic songs that were known by Hector passengers
2. John Ashton of Ashton Creative Design, will talk about a few "distinguished descendants"

Also going on......
  • The McCulloch Genealogy Centre Gift Shop will be open, with new Clan and tartan items for sale
  • Bradan Press will have an event tent with an assortment of Gaelic books for sale 
  • The Ship Hector Descendant Project will have a tent set up, with books and merchandise available for sale.
  • Barbecue from Noon - 2pm
  • Showing of BBC documentary inside at McCulloch Centre

FYI..... THE 2023 PASSENGER REUNION DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2023
A GENEALOGY AND HISTORY CONFERENCE IS PLANNED FOR
SEPTEMBER 9 & 10, 2023 AT THE PICTOU COUNTY WELLNESS CENTRE.  THERE WILL BE A FULL DAY OF PRESENTATIONS, WITH THE SECOND DAY FOR TOURS AND GROUP ACTIVITIES.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED AS PART OF THE REGISTRATION FEE.  WE ALSO PLAN TO HAVE A NUMBER OF VENDOR TABLES TO SELL BOOKS AND OTHER RELEVANT ITEMS; AND FOR INFO SHARING.  HOPE YOU WILL PLAN TO JOIN US AT THIS INFORMATIVE TWO DAY EVENT.  MORE INFO COMING IN FUTURE NEWSLETTERS!

(Note: some of this info is repeated, as it was reported in the last newsletter)

Two trips are planned for 2023 to Scotland!  
Book soon, as spaces are filling up. 

The July 2023 trip to Scotland is being offered by Carla MacKay of Travel Your Way travel agency.  This fully guided tour will include a visit to Ullapool (Loch Broom) where the Ship Hector passengers departed in July 1773.  A $300 deposit (per person) will be required to secure a spot with the balance due in May 2023.  There are 40 seats available on this tour. Please note that flights are not included in the cost. The detailed itinerary can be found here: July Scotland trip

The September trip itinerary is being offered by Alison Balzer of Linens and Larder Travel.  This itinerary is more customized for those of you wanting to research or explore the Highlands, where many of the passengers originated.  A seat for this tour can also be secured with a $300 deposit.  Twenty spots will be available for this trip.  A recent price reduction has been applied to the cost of this trip.  A link to the September itinerary can be found here: https://linensandlardertravel.com/tours

Your flight costs are not included and will depend on where you are departing from.  A group flight will be arranged from Halifax, NS to Glasgow, Scotland by Carla once flight details are made available by the airlines. 

Please connect with either Carla or Alison regarding either itinerary with any questions you may have, and to book your seat; Carla's email or Alison's email

Feel free to share this information with any friends or relatives who may be interested.  

Safe travels!

For 2023, I am working on a Celebration Booklet, that will highlight various celebrations of the Ship Hector arrival; including events of 1923 & 1973, the replica launch in 2000, Loch Broom replica church and much more.  Will let you know when it is ready for purchase.
Photo at right was taken at the 1923 celebrations at the unveiling of the Hector monument, Pictou
This iron pot was brought to Pictou in 1773 by Hector passenger Kenneth Fraser.  It is currently on display at the Carmichael Stewart museum on Temperance St in New Glasgow.  It is on display on a shelf with other museum artefacts. The Carmichael Stewart Museum operates under the direction of the Pictou County Historical Society which opened in December 1964.  The iron pot was previously housed at the Greenhill Lookoff Pioneer Museum, which closed in 1959 and its collection dispersed throughout the province to a variety of museums. 
Books for children..... one way to encourage your children or grandchildren to take an interest in the Hector story is to give them a book on the subject.  We know history isn't for everyone, but these books might spark an interest......
Available on the project shop website....

https://ship-hector-descendant-project.square.site/shop
or at the Reunion event
Bradan Press will be attending the Reunion event on September 18 this year.

 Visit their website: 

http://www.bradanpress.com

or follow them on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/BradanPress

They are also on Twitter and Instagram @bradanpress

Bradan Press published Iain of New Scotland by Margaret MacKay
Are you on Facebook? Please like and follow the SHDP page.  
Sharing helps reach more descendants. 

Ship Hector descendants are regularly featured with various photos and info about their life and accomplishments.  An easy way to find these is to use the hashtag #shiphectordescendant to search for them on Facebook. 
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Have suggestions for content or information you'd like to share in this newsletter?  Have a photo to share?
Please send your ideas to info@shiphectordescendants.ca
It would be great to hear from you!
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