“Of Ice and Men” with Historian Rob Lyon

01/10/2020 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments.
Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

Just in time for January’s wintery chill, noted historian Rob Lyon will present for us a program on ice skating.  Wearing 1830s period clothing, he will display antique ice skates and share illustrations of skating history. This lively and informative talk covers 5,000 years of men and women remaining upright and traveling, playing, romancing, and even fighting wars on ice.

Fun for the whole family. You are welcome to view and handle the skates on display.

About Rob Lyon
Rob recently retired from his 44-year position as Master Blacksmith and Program Manager at Old Sturbridge Village. His custom creations in wrought iron appear regularly in private homes, museums, and motion pictures.

Often an order for custom work, such as a restoration or copy of an antique, results in research, then a newfound interest. Such has been the case with the history of ice skates and skating.

The January 10th Meeting Is the 2020 Annual Meeting
The Canterbury Historical Society’s bylaws stipulate that the January meeting each year is the society’s annual meeting, which includes summary reports for 2019 by current board and committee members, and election by the membership of the board of directors for 2020. The business session may therefore run a little longer than the usual 30 minutes.

You’re Invited!
Canterbury Historical Society monthly meetings, which always feature a history-themed program, are free and the public is warmly invited. Bring a friend, stay for complimentary refreshments, mingle, and get to know us a little. We will do our best to make you feel welcome. The business session, which begins at 7:00, rarely lasts more than half an hour. If you want to skip it and just come for the program, plan to arrive about 7:30.

The Canterbury Historical Society’s regular monthly meetings are on the second Friday evening of the month, except for July and August, when we take a summer break. We are happy to send email announcements of regular meetings and special events to nonmembers. If you’d like to be added to our list, please send a note, including your full name and the email address where you want to receive notices,  using the email form on the Contact page on this website.

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