Sir John A. Macdonald (Canada’s first Prime Minister) made an appearance at the annual banquet of the Hastings County Historical Society on November 1. His presence was explained (according to the Society’s President, Orland French) by the proximity of Sir John A.’s final resting place to the School of Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston (and the wonders of DNA maniplulation). He and his latest biographer, Richard Gwyn, were the after-dinner speakers at the event, which was raising funds for the relocation of the Hastings County Archives. These records are currently held in less-than-ideal conditions in the former Thurlow Township Hall. The fund-raising target is $1,000,000.

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