Dan Buchanan is “The History Guy”. He lives in Brighton, Ontario and is engaged in many history activities related to local and Ontario history. As a guest speaker, Dan provides fascinating stories of Ontario history presented with humour and passion. His extensive catalogue of stories can be seen on his web site www.danbuchananhistoryguy.com.
The History Guy provides research and presentation for the popular annual Brighton History Events, including an open house and a history show. History and music and community involvement combine for entertaining and educational events.
Since 2000 Dan has done massive genealogy research and provides the details on his web site at www.treesbydan.com for all to see. He has a database of well over 95,000 individuals radiating out from his own families which settled in the north end of Brighton Township. Emphasis is on documenting family connections between early settler families rather than finding relatives and much detail about history of the area is included along with the normal family tree information. He calls it “Community Genealogy” which represents a unique blend of family and local history.
In July 2015 Dan published his first book called “Murder In The Family: The Dr. King Story” and conducted an extensive book tour telling the story of his relative’s despicable behaviour in becoming the only person ever executed in Northumberland County. In fact, it was so much fun that The History Guy has another book in the works. There are lots of stories to tell.
Dan is also Chair of “Friends of Hilton Hall Heritage Centre”. Hilton Hall is one of Brighton’s most important heritage sites and Dan, along with several like-minded supporters, have turned this beautiful 1860s stone meeting hall into a vibrant and much appreciated community activity centre.
An important off-shoot from the Friends of Hilton Hall Heritage Centre is the Brighton Digital Archive project which has seen several motivated volunteers create a web site that provides access to images and stories of Brighton history. BDA is an active and growing project which adds significantly to the heritage landscape of Brighton.
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