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Restoration of Tusket courthouse to be focus of presentation at historical/genealogical society's AGM

The Tusket courthouse and, next to it, the former church that was converted into an archival facility.  The courthouse will be the site June 12 of the annual general meeting of the Argyle Municipality Historical and Genealogical Society. PATSY SURETTE PHOTO
The Tusket courthouse and, next to it, the former church that was converted into an archival facility. The courthouse will be the site June 12 of the annual general meeting of the Argyle Municipality Historical and Genealogical Society. PATSY SURETTE PHOTO - Contributed

One of Yarmouth County’s iconic sites – the Tusket courthouse – is where the Argyle Municipality Historical and Genealogical Society (AMHGS) will hold its annual general meeting Wednesday, June 12.

The session, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., will be held in the Tusket courthouse, which also is the topic of a presentation to be given that night.

Following the business portion of the evening, Tusket residents Don Pothier and Gordon Wood will talk about the restoration of the courthouse.

“Don and Gordon, through a photo presentation, will discuss some of the challenges and rewards they encountered throughout this project,” said a press release from the AMHGS.

Opened in 1805, the Tusket courthouse is Canada’s oldest standing courthouse.

Pothier and Wood, along with the late Oscar Nauss, were directly involved in the effort to restore the courthouse in the 1980s.

The initiative eventually led, towards the end of that decade, to the establishment of the historical and genealogical society, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Pothier and Wood are original founding members of the society, which has about 500 members. Most of them are local residents, but the society also has members across Canada and in the United States.

Members receive the Argus, the society’s quarterly publication featuring stories on various aspects of local history.

The society’s June 12 AGM, as well as the presentation to follow, is open to the general public.

The event will take place on the second floor of the courthouse and there is no elevator.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the society said in its release. “We will videotape the AGM and the presentation to make this available for viewing at the archives at a later date.”

Refreshments will be served at Wednesday’s meeting. Parking is at the rear of the courthouse.

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