A native of Perth, Ontario, Ron W. Shaw studied journalism at Algonquin College and worked for newspapers, radio and television in northern and western Ontario for a decade before a 35 year career with non-governmental relief and development organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Ron will be our guest speaker at the Museum on Sunday July 28 at 1:30. He will be recounting some stories from his latest book, A Swarm of Bees, featuring some of the local families involved in the early days of conversion to the Mormon Church in Lanark and Dalhousie Twps. (The complete list of families is part of the attached map.)
A Swarm of Bees recounts a journey begun in 1820 that, over the course of 50 years, took 18 ‘Lanark Society Settler’ families from the slums of Glasgow to the Great Salt Lake Valley. These pioneer families, who first settled in what is now Lanark County, Ontario, were among the earliest converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their story unfolds in the context of the founding and earliest days of the Mormon Church, as they follow their new faith through the Ohio and Missouri settlements, to Nauvoo Illinois, the refugee camps of Council Bluffs Iowa, and finally along Mormon
Trail to Utah.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.