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Port Colborne's Tennessee Avenue & the Humberstone Summer Resort Company

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A virtual talk given by Dr. Michelle Vosburgh, Heritage Research Specialist and Professor at Brock University.

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Port Colborne's Tennessee Avenue and the Humberstone Summer Resort Company: Confronting Myths in Public History

The story of Tennessee Avenue is a popular one in Port Colborne. It celebrates the idea of an enclave of large cottages, the Humberstone Club, owned by genteel socialites from Memphis, Tennessee, who enjoyed idyllic summers on the Lake Erie shore in the late 1800s and early 1900s. During preparations for walking tours and presentations hosted by the Wilson Archives, research revealed a much less romantic history, one in which the lens of wealth, social class, and race tell a different story. The Humberstone Club’s success as a business and investment opportunity rested upon creating and selling a very particular image. While the business was not a great success, the image has ‘stuck’ in the local imagination.

The October Brock Talk is being given by Dr. Michelle Vosburgh, Professor and Heritage Research Specialist, and has been co-organized by the Humanities Research Institute and The Centre for Canadian Studies.

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