Join the North Lanark Historical Society on Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m. for their first digital speaker series of the new year! Anthony Hopkins, Associate Professor Emeritus at York University explores a largely unknown and potentially controversial part of the history of Andrew Dickson in his presentation “(Mis)- Conduct & (Mis-) Management: Andrew Dickson at the Reform Penitentiary, Isle-aux-Noix”.  A pioneer settler in Lanark County, and founder of Pakenham, Andrew Dickson succeeded in family life, farming, business, politics, public service, and geological research. His decades-long record of achievement culminated in his appointment in 1858 as Warden of the first juvenile reformatory in Lower Canada at Isle-aux-Noix. Late in 1859 he became the subject of a Commission of Inquiry, and in 1860 he was dismissed from his position as Warden. What happened to Andrew Dickson in his time at Isle-aux-Noix? Join us and find out!

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