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Accession Number: 76-013

Title

Smith Township Agricultural Society minute book. -- 1855-1904. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

The Agricultural Society was established January 6, 1855 in Smith Township, Peterborough County, Canada West, by a group of farmers from the township. One of the aims of the society was to buy in bulk, seeds and other essentials and make these items available to members whose fees were paid. Later, in the 1860's, Harvey, North Douro, and North Monaghan Townships were invited to join the society. At this point it became known as the Smith, Harvey, North Douro and North Monaghan Branch Agricultural Society. In the 1870's the name changed to the Smith, Ennismore and Lakefield Agricultural Society. The Society held yearly agricultural fairs and ploughing matches.

Custodial History

Unknown

Scope and Content

This item is a minute book of the Agricultural Society of the Township of Smith. This item includes minutes of meetings from January 1855 to October 1904; lists of officers; lists of successful competitors at agricultural shows; and broadsides advertising agricultural shows. The book contains (pasted to the inside back cover) a letter dated May 11, 1887 from A. Blue of the Ontario Department of Agriculture who acknowledges that the Smith, Ennismore and Lakefield Agricultural Society has been duly recognized and incorporated. Reference is made to a certificate from the West Peterborough Electoral District [Agricultural] Society recognizing the Smith Township society.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the item.

Some of the pages are loose. Photocopying is not allowed.

This item was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

The six Agricultural Show broadsides have been removed for preservation purposes, placed in mylar, and stored in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 26. Each is numbered "a" to "f", corresponding with pages numbered "a" to "f" in the minute book.

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