Dr. Catharine Wilson speaks about Being Neighbours: Rural History Roundtable | College of Arts

Dr. Catharine Wilson speaks about Being Neighbours: Rural History Roundtable

Date and Time


McLaughlin Library, Whitelaw Room 246B, University of Guelph 


You are cordially invited to the book launch of:  


By Dr. Catharine Wilson, FRSC, Professor, Department of History, University of Guelph, hosted by Archival and Special Collections, McLaughlin Library, and the Rural History Roundtable will speak about her new book Being Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Rural Culture, 1830-1960.


In person at McLaughlin Library, Whitelaw Room 246B, University of Guelph 

Virtual: register at https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/rural/roundtable 

More about Being Neighbours:
Neighbourhood is at the heart of rural life, yet we have little understanding of how it worked.  Cathy’s book enters the heart of neighbourhood through the study of farm diaries. Many of these diaries are now available to read on the companion website, the Rural Diary Archive: https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/home. Diarists recorded barn raisings, threshing and quilting “bees,” and other types of reciprocal work or “neighbouring.” Households participated in these complex labour exchanges according to an unwritten code of behaviour. They understood that a cohesive, functioning neighbourhood involved negotiation, flexibility, surveillance, and on occasion, confrontation, and reconciliation. As a result, neighbourhood emerged as a powerful force in their lives. Join Cathy as she presents a video documentary on the subject and engages in discussion. 

Please feel free to join us in person for the presentation, refreshments, and book signing.  You do not need to register, if you are planning to attend in person. Books will be available at the event for $40 cash. If you wish to purchase a copy of the book online, you may do so at https://www.mqup.ca/being-neighbours-products-9780228014737.php. You can use this promotion code – MQFA – for a 30% discount until 31 March 2023.

To join us virtually for the book launch, please register:  https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/rural/roundtable.