Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | August 5, 2017

Glengarry Highland Games – 1954


This was the Glengarry Highland Games in August 1954.

Cornwall’s Mayor, Aaron Horovitz took part in the festivities.

Local gal Barbara Joan Markham won the Miss Canada title in 1954, beating out 24 other contestants; her public appearances included the Highland Games that year. A few days prior, a Homecoming Parade was organized in Cornwall in Markham’s honour. Mayor Horovitz included Barbara in several local events, including his Annual Mayor’s Picnic. Clearly a looker, her talent was her skill at painting.

In 2008 M.P. Guy Lauzon held a commemoration ceremony for the then 75-year-old Cornwall native because: “We have a star, a legend in out midst, born and raised on Pitt Street” and “a lot of people don’t know about this. It’s a great news story for Cornwall.”

The Museum houses various artifacts pertaining to Markham, including an elegant gown, which is currently on-display.

The appeal of the Games is shared among the young and the young at heart.

Some ‘girl time’.

These are among the many historic photographs entrusted to the SD&G Historical Society Archives at your Cornwall Community Museum.

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