History at Huron

In collaboration with the Buxton History and Genealogy Conference organizers, St. Clair College, and the University of Windsor, Huron University College are glad to support and coordinate the registration for the annual Buxton Homecoming History and Genealogy Conference being held this year on 31 August 2018. (Registration fees include the cost of lunch). We are happy to note that this year’s conference will once again be held at the North Buxton Community Church and Hall. Click on the following links for more information about:


Registration is now open for this year’s conference.

Buxton History and Genealogy Conference Registration 2018

For more information about the conference e-mail Irene Moore Davis at IMooreDavis@stclaircollege.ca. Registration fees are:

  • Before August 1: $40
  • Before August 31: $50
  • Registration at the Event: $60

Registration payments can be made by cash, cheque, or credit card. Cheques should be made out to Huron University College and clearly indicate in the memo line that they are for registration at the Buxton History and Genealogy Conference. Credit card payments can be made by completing this form. The form can be either scanned and e-mailed to conference registrar Thomas Peace at tpeace@uwo.ca or mailed to:

Thomas Peace
Community History Centre
Huron University College
1349 Western Road, London, ON
N6G 1H3

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Preliminary Program 2018

8:30-9:15     Registration and book browsing/displays

9:15-9:20     Welcome and housekeeping

9:20-10:05   Teajai Travis (45 minutes including Q & A)

10:05-10:50  Sawyer Carnegie (45 minutes including Q & A)

10:50-11:05   Break, book browsing, and displays

11:05-11:50    Claudine Bonner (45 minutes including Q & A)

11:50-12:00   Door prizes and pre-lunch/pre-tour housekeeping

12:00-1:00    Lunch, book browsing, and displays

1:00-2:45      Tour of historic sites in Buxton/the former Elgin Settlement

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All conference events will be held at: North Buxton Community Church and Hall, 21991 A D Shadd Rd, North Buxton, ON N0P 1Y0

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Conference Program 2017

8:30 Registration opens

9:20 Welcome

9:30-10:45 Session 1
Kenn Stanton
“Zebedee Dunbar Talbot (1803-1879): Cordwainer, Immigrant, Pioneer, Activist.”

Tim Crawford
“Oro Black Wilberforce Settlement / AME Church Restoration”

10:45-11:00 Break & book browse

11:00-12:00 Session 2
John-Michael Markovic
“Returning Home: African-American Migration and the Aftermath of the Underground Railroad.”

Jason Lavin
“Who Moves the Motor City?: Modernity, Reform, and African American Entrepreneurship in Detroit during the Great Migration, 1916-1930.”

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-1:45 Session 3
Michael Williams
“Your Spit Cracked the Case: DNA Testing Made Simple for Heritage Seekers”

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00-2:45 Session 4
Karolyn Smardz Frost
“Stealing Away Home: the UGRR in the Detroit and Niagara Borderlands”
followed by book signing & w

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