Joseph Scriven Celebration

Friday, September 11, 2009 to Saturday, September 12, 2009
Port Hope

The Celebration of Joseph Scriven’s immortal Hymn

'What a Friend We have In Jesus'

was held in historic Port Hope Ontario, September 12-13, 2009



Below are the pictures of both the dry stone wall enclosure being built in August (as a refurbishing of the memorial) for this event and of the actual dedication later in September 


August 24th 2009 Norman Haddow and Dean Mclellan stand where the new memorial wall is to be built. 


During the build Tuesday 25th

Norman and Sean Donnelly 


Completed Wednesday 26th





Joseph Scriven Memorial Dry Stone Wall completed in Port Hope Ontario August 26 2009


Port Hope mayor Linda Thompson commended  the town on the refurbishing of the Joseph Scriven Monument  during the official dedication on September 12th 2009


The Honourable David C Onley O.Ont ,The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, oversaw the unveiling of the new Scriven Dry Stone Wall with commemorative plaques.


The actual historic gravestone of Joseph Scriven is located in Memorial Park right in down town Port Hope.  At 2:00 P.M. Saturday Sept. 12, the festival focused attention on the refurbished Joseph Scriven memorial with new dry stone wall enclosure built by DSWAC president John Shaw-Rimmington, field director Dean McLellan, master craftsman Norman Haddow of the DSWA of  UK  (and DSWAC members Evan Oxland, Joe Mitchell, Corey Eakins, Cameron LeSueur, and Sean Donnelly)

Parnell quarry donated the 24 tons of stone used for this installation.
Don Smith Trucking contributed to the moving of the materials.
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