The Musical and Agricultural Heritage of Eric Campbell

Creator(s): Pontiac Historical Museum

Eric James Campbell, 1938-2007. A farmer, fiddler, and machinist, he restored steam engines and threshing equipment. He hosted threshing bees where an oat crop was harvested, as had been done throughout North America between 1890 and the 1950.

Eric and his wife Evelyn organized a series of annual Fiddler's Jamborees, which attracted musicians and fans from all over the Ottawa Valley and beyond. The Campbells also produced maple syrup, and sawed lumber with a home-made sawmill, powered by a steam engine.

This Community Memories exhibit includes video clips and photographs taken over several years' events, between 1990 and 1998.

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