Speakers Series: Bridging Past & Present

Welcome to our ongoing speakers series: Bridging Past & Present.

The foundation of Bridge Annex rests on our interest in expanding our understanding through information and critical, thought-provoking analysis of how history’s long arm has an affect on our world today, and where we might be in the future. The launch of this new series (2021) deepens our commitment to creating meaningful ways to connect with history and each other. Our dynamic speakers will present either live or in a pre-recorded format, and these will often be followed by a moderated, live Question & Answer period to further provide an opportunity to engage in exploring the subject at hand. While our focus remains the history of the United Empire Loyalists, we know that this connection point leads to many interesting and important subjects.

If you have topic or speaker suggestions, please feel free to email us!


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Cornwall Community Museum

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New Cornwall Community Museum senior curator already has list of tasks (Standard Freeholder)

Special Re-Broadcast Coming May 27-31 as part of UELAC 2021

About Natasha Henry

Natasha Henry is an educator, historian, and curriculum consultant. She is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. Natasha Henry is currently completing a PhD in History at York University, researching the enslavement of African people in early Ontario. Through her various professional, academic, and community roles, Natasha’s work is grounded in her commitment to research, collect, preserve, and disseminate the histories of Black Canadians.

Ontario Black History Society (OBHS)


John Baker: “The Last of Those Who Had Been Born in Slavery in Canada.”  

The life story of John Baker is nothing short of enthralling. Born into slavery in Canada, John was evidently a man of great determination, for he carved out a life full of adventure, participating in one of Canada’s defining moments, the War of 1812. Through his own words, and evidence of a long and “industrious” life, John demonstrated an unwavering commitment to both his country and his family. John called Cornwall, Ontario home.

Much more about John Baker can be found online at this page (click image), and others.

Watch for more webinars COMING SOON!