Recommended Reads: Unforgotten Mary Mack – Cornwall’s First Lady

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Recommended Reads: Unforgotten Mary Mack – Cornwall’s First Lady

In the spirit of International Women’s Day last week, I thought it would be fitting to review a book that outlines the life of a very special lady from Cornwall – Mary Mack, written by local author Ginette Guy.

Unforgotten Mary Mack details the life of a woman who wore many hats, literally and figuratively. She had a large hat collection that was prominently displayed in her home, later donated to the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Mary came from a prominent family and over the years was known as an artist, socialite, advocate, politician, historian, and much more.

In addition to being very active in community organizations, Mary Mack was the first female alderman (now known as city councilor) in Cornwall. She was credited with coming up with the name the ‘Lost Villages’ when referring to the villages that were flooded during the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

There are many pictures of Mary from over the years featured in this book along with pictures of Cornwall from that time. This well-researched book is a gem, both for people who have lived in Cornwall a long time and knew Mary as well as for young individuals who are interested in our local history.

On Saturday, March 25th, from 2-4pm, Ginette will be at Carrots and Dates to launch her second book, A Peculiar Case from the files of Elizabeth Grant. Copies of Unforgotten Mary Mack will also be available.

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