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Macdonald lecture opens new season at restored Regent Theatre

The Glenwood Cemetery will launch its 2011 Heritage Lecture Series in the newly renovated Regent Theatre with a special lecture on John A. Macdonald’s first recorded trial in Picton and the significance of the trial in the history of Canada.

Professor David Warrick, Ph.D. will be the guest lecturer. Warrick is the chair of the recently-formed Macdonald Project of Prince Edward County. The aim of this project is to erect a bronze sculpture in Picton of a young John A. Macdonald as he would have looked standing before a judge and jury facing a charge of assault in the Picton Court House in October 1834.

The lecture audience will learn what happened in the trial and how the teenaged John A. – the future first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada – began his career in law, public administration and politics that was to last until his death in 1891. Learn about this little known colourful chapter in Macdonald’s astonishing 61-year career and the risks he ran even at an early age.

“John A. was just 18 and still a law student when he took over the well-established law practice of his ailing cousin, Lowther Pennington Macpherson. John A. was known for his keen mind and studious nature, but he was also known as a prankster,” Warrick notes. “One day, one of those mischievous pranks triggered a confrontation with one of the leading citizens of the day, Dr. Thomas Moore.  What followed has been the subject of many dinner conversations over the years. The lecture will tell about the prank and what really happened to Moore and Macdonald and how their careers were affected.

“We will also have two very special guests in the audience for the event.  They are delighted to attend the event and meet County people,” Warrick hinted. “We hope that afterward we can continue our important conversation about remembering our very rich County and Canadian history.”

The audience will learn about how John A.’s relationship with the County lasted his entire life. In his own words: “He never forgot the good old County.” It was home to him for many years.

The Macdonald lecture takes place at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 20th at The Regent.
Tickets are $19 and $17 for Regent members.

The lecture is another in the series of heritage lectures sponsored by The Glenwood Cemetery with funding provided by The Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Contact The Regent Theatre at 613 -476 – 8416 ext.28 or visit their website at http://www.TheRegentTheatre.org for more information.

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