MOREWOOD — To commemorate the upcoming centennial of the Morewood Cenotaph, local writer Carolyn Thompson Goddard has produced an historical fiction children’s book incorporating many of the local stories she has been told. Illustrated by accomplished Winchester artist Carrie Keller, the colourful work will be launched June 21 at the McCloskey Hotel.
The soaring Morewood Cenotaph at the village’s main corner turns 100 in three years’ time.
The author spent the first two years of her life on the farm run by her parents, Lorne and June Thompson, before the family moved to Chesterville 60 years ago. A graduate of North Dundas District High School and Carleton University, the Cornwall resident has a keen interest in local history and a special interest in war memorials, particularly the Morewood Cenotaph. The book is a follow-up endeavour for Goddard; earlier this year, she spearheaded a Chesterville & District Historical Society initiative commemorating the Cenotaph with a special painting. That work, by Gordon Coulthart, is finally set to be installed inside the village Community Centre this week.
This week’s launch party for The Morewood War Memorial – Remembering Their Service Forever goes ahead 7 p.m. at the 22 Victoria St. venue. Goddard will provide a brief presentation on the history of the Morewood Cenotaph and have copies of the book on hand for purchase. All proceeds of sales of the book are going to the local committee responsible for the memorial.