Member Name: Laura Suchan

Book Title: To Cast A Reflection: The Henry Family In Their Own Words


In the summer of 2013 a box stuffed with old papers was donated to the Oshawa Museum. The Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection, as it became known, contained 520 individual documents including personal letters, receipts and business correspondence of Reverend Thomas Henry, a well-regarded preacher, prolific writer, respected church leader and beloved family man. The correspondence spans the 1850s through the 1890s and contains letters written to Thomas Henry from his children, grandchildren and other family members, affording an up close and strikingly candid view into the life of one of Oshawa Ontario’s earliest settler families.

Written by Laura Suchan, Stoney Kudel , Jennifer Weymark, and Caitlan Madden To Cast A Reflection: The Henry Family In Their Own Words annotates these letters to show the many aspects of life in the 1800s and places the experience of the Henry family into a broader national and international perspective.

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Author Bio:

Laura Suchan, M.A. is a historian with over 25 years experience in the non-profit field. She is the author of Writing Memoirs for Fun and Profit and has taught oral history at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario) and Durham College (Oshawa, Ontario). Laura is passionate about helping people share their personal histories and has acted as consulted for several oral history projects. She has authored several articles for newspapers and journals about memoir writing, history and personal growth. She is a member of the Writers Community of Durham Region, the Abandoned Cemetery Committee for Clarington, Ontario, and is President of the Trent University Alumni Association for Oshawa/Durham. In her spare time Laura enjoys writing, yoga, traveling and exploring graveyards.

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