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East Kildonan’s Hamilton family is so interesting the North East Winnipeg Historical Society needed two lectures to cover their history, Linda Horodecki said.

Horodecki presents the second of those free lectures at the Henderson Library, 1050 Henderson Hwy., on Thurs., Nov 17 at 6 p.m.

The first lecture addressed topics including the family’s interest in psychic phenomena that drew visitors, including William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Nov. 17 lecture covers the family’s varied community contributions.

“The Hamiltons were community builders,” Horodecki began. “They were enormously involved in the community of not only Northeast Winnipeg but all of Winnipeg and even Manitoba.”

Dr. Thomas Hamilton was a provincial MLA during a period where several significant pieces of legislation, including many benefiting labourers, were passed, Horodecki said. Much of his legislative work revolved around improving the lives of everyday people.

“He was very concerned with the ordinary person and those who couldn’t speak for themselves,” Horodecki explained. “He was not an elitist person at all.”

Hamilton also served on the school board and with the United Church, Horodecki added.

“And he was very proactive in all of these areas.”

Horodecki admitted she did not know everything about the Hamilton family when she was asked to speak but the retired librarian put her research skills to good use.

“I was really struck by the amount of information the family kept,” Horodecki said. “It was work to dig up that information but it was all in one place.”

Volumes of letters, notes and photographs preserved at the University of Manitoba paint a portrait of a family committed to serving their community, Horodecki said.

“I came away with that sense of community and how very professional and upstanding they were as community members. Dr, Hamilton must have felt an obligation to the community, because he gave so much of his time and energy.

“Where did they ever find all of the hours in a day to do all of this…”

For more information on the North East Winnipeg Historical Society, visit their Facebook page.

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Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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