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2nd Annual Montreal Wine & Cheese, Centre d'histoire de Montréal, April 23, 2015.
RSVP: 1 (800) 564-6872 /

Annual QAHN Convention, Lower Ottawa Valley (St. Andrew's East, Carillon, Cushing & Sainte-Marthe, Quebec / Chute-à-Blondeau, Ontario), June 5-6, 2015.

Come and help us celebrate our 15th anniversary!

For more information, contact QAHN:1 (877) 964-0409 /


The Marion Phelps Award is presented annually by QAHN in recognition of outstanding long-term contributions by an individual to the preservation and promotion of Anglophone heritage in the province of Quebec. Click here fore more information.

QAHN’s annual Richard Evans Award recognizes the outstanding long-term contribution by an organization or group of volunteers to the preservation and promotion of Anglophone heritage in the province of Quebec. Click here for more information.


Available now from QAHN!

Heritage Field Guides

This series of 10 bilingual field guides touches upon a wide range of issues of concern to heritage professionals and volunteers working to insure the security of heritage resources. Titles in the series include:
1) Artefacts in Storage: Conservation Methods and Principles for Museum Workers
2) Lighting for Conservation: Understanding and Controlling the Effects of UV Exposure
3) Temperature and Humidity: Achieving Optimal Conditions for Your Artefact Collection
4) Workplace Safety: Securing a Healthy Environment for Visitors, Volunteers and Staff
5) Caring for Photographs: Best Practices for Handling, Displaying and Storing Photographs
6) Handle with Care: Guidelines for Working with Historic Artefacts and Archives
7) Collections Basics: Principles for Acquiring, Accessioning and Deaccessioning Heritage Objects
8) Crisis Planning: A Framework for Risk Management in the Community Sector
9) Crime Deterrence: Protecting Historic Buildings and Cultural Sites from Thieves and Vandals
10) Pest Control: Dealing Effectively with Unwanted Visitors to the Museum

Ordering Information:
To order a set of bilingual Heritage Field Guides, please send $23 (which includes s/h) to: QAHN, 400-257, Queen, Sherbrooke, Qc J1M 1K7.
For non-QAHN members, add $2.00 per order. Order while supplies last!


Organized Planning and Emergency Response Assistant (OPERA): Your Guide to Emergency Planning (CD)

OPERA: making worst-case scenarios easier to manage!
OPERA provides users with interactive, printable forms for storing and retrieving crucial contact information. This handy CD contains basic procedures for managing a variety of threats, a resources guide and an extensive reading list for those who would like to delve more deeply into the extensive literature devoted to emergency management.
Available now while supplies last!

Ordering information:

To order a copy of this new emergency planning tool, please send $9.00 (which includes s/h) to: QAHN, 400-257, Queen, Sherbrooke, Qc J1M 1K7.
For non-QAHN members, add $2.00 per order. Order while supplies last!


Now available from QAHN!

QAHN Family memberships:
1 year: $40 / 3 years: $100 / 5 years: $160

Student memberships:
1 year: $20

Contact QAHN to sign up now, or to inquire about benefits of membership. / (819) 564-9595 / toll free (877) 564-6872


New benefit of membership for QAHN members:
Enterprise Car Rental discount rate for members only!

Contact QAHN for code!




The 15th annual Jimmy Manson Lectures, a series of six talks, are now renamed the Marion L. Phelps Memorial Lectures. We appreciate Mr. Manson’s enthusiasm and knowledge and look forward to his stimulating talks on the following themes this winter:
1:00 p.m. at 15 St. Paul (Old Courthouse) in Knowlton. Thank-you for donations received at the door.
Part 2 – Social History of the Eastern Townships
February 21 – “A Beautiful and Picturesque sheet of water ensconced among the hills:” The Development of Tourism in the Lake Memphremagog Region, 1850 – 1900
February 28 – Separate but Similar? : Nineteenth century settlement patterns in the Eastern Townships



25th Annual General Assembly
Sunday April 19, 2015 – 10 a.m.
All members are invited to the 25th annual General Assembly
convened for Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall in Mansonville
Juice, coffee and biscuits will be served from 9 :15 a.m.



St Pat’s celebrations

Thursday March 5th
An Irish stew supper will be held at the Richmond Legion at 6:00PM. Tickets are $10.00 and include stew, salad, rolls, dessert, and coffee. Tickets are on sale at the Legion bar (819-826-3444). Everybody welcome!

Saturday March 7th
The Richmond Legion is pleased to have their famous annual Green Sale at their hall on College St. Door opens at 1:30 PM. Everyone is invited to a fun-filled afternoon. For further information, please contact Elsie Kerr at 819-826-3284.

This year the St. Pat’s Banquet will start off our month of March. It will take place at 6:30 PM at the Richmond Community Center, 820 Gouin St. (beside the arena). This year once more, a DJ will be provided to please all requests, as well as a few dances preformed by our local Irish Dancers. NEW this year! We are having a “Bring your own wine and beer”. Water bottles and soft drinks will be available. A family fun evening is guaranteed for a great price, $22.00 for adults and 10.00 for youth (12 or younger); for more information or tickets, please contact Erika (826-3322) or Julie (826-2535).

Saturday March 14th
The St. Pat's annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper will be held at 6:00 PM at the Hotel Grand Central. All are welcome to enjoy a traditional Irish meal prepared by local chefs, Bruce Banfill and Helen Johnston. The menu includes a soup followed by the main course of corned beef (or chicken) with whipped potatoes, carrots, cabbage casserole, and soda bread, and a choice of desserts. Tickets are $20.00 per person and specialty meals (chicken) must be ordered in advance; to reserve, contact Erika at 819-826-3322.

After a great meal, everyone is invited to the “Centre d’art de Richmond” at 8 PM to enjoy the music of “Irish Bastards” who by popular request are returning for a second year. If you missed them last year, this is your chance to enjoy this energetic group who play Irish bluegrass and “Québécois” traditional music. Tickets are 25.00$ each and when you show your membership card you get a 10% discount on your ticket. They may be reserved at 819-826-2488. It is an event to put in your agenda.

Sunday March 15th
Our St. Pat’s Mass will take place at Ste. Bibiane's Church at 9:30 AM. Sister McNeil’s choir will be singing all our favorite Irish songs. Looking forward to seeing one and all!

Tuesday March 17th
The Green Bingo will take place at 2:00 PM at the CHSLD of Richmond (980 McGauran St.). For more information, please contact Charles Lachance at 819-542-2777, ext 55195. Be green and there!

Friday March 20th
"Grand Central Gone Green"
Come on down to the Grand Central to celebrate St. Patrick’s on Friday night, also known as our Prep Party, is guaranteed to be a blast with excellent music, gifts and prizes, as well as Irish coffee and green beer. Our Parade Party on Sunday, March 22nd starts immediately after the parade and is known to be the best place in town to party like the Irish. Come meet old friends and make new ones, and who knows you might even end up on TV!

Sunday March 22nd
The Legion’s Parade Brunch will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE will begin at 2:00 PM from 7th Ave., marching along the green-lined route. There will be bands, horsemen, floats, groups, and individuals making a fun-filled day. All are welcome to be part of the parade and for information you can contact Julie O' Donnell at 826-2535. You can also visit our website www.richmondstpats,org to get more information for the parade (route, how to get to it, rules and much more). You can pre-register for the parade at Boutique en Fête, 102 Principale N. Richmond (819-826-6060).

After the parade, there will be celebrations at the Legion and the Grand Central Hotel.

There will be Folk Dances after St. Pat's parade from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Saint-Famille Center (155 Craig, Richmond). Keep on partying after the parade with family and friends by joining in on a few dances to the sound of folk music. You are welcome as soon as the parade ends. No experience is required as the dances are explained and called. General admission: 10$, 13-17 yrs: 5$, 12 yrs & under: free, family rates for a family with 2 parents: 25$ with 1 parent: 15$. Kids are welcome; animation and activities will be provided for them. For more information: 819-826-6707 or Wear comfortable shoes and something green!

Sunday March 29th
To complete our St. Patrick’s activities we have the traditional brunch on Sunday, March 23rd at the Richmond Legion (235 College N.). Everyone is welcome to an exquisite breakfast prepared by our famous St. Pat's cooks. The menu includes ham, bacon, sausages, scrambled and fried eggs, homemade beans, pancakes and our specialty 'Irish Toast' all for only $7.00 per adult and $3.50 per child. Volunteers will be needed to bake beans; if interested, please contact Erika (819-826-3322). Prizes and trophies for parade participation will be presented. All are welcome!



Season: Winter
February -- Tuesday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March -- Tuesday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Permanent Exhibition
Gives visitors a glimpse of the gracious lifestyle enjoyed by several generations of the Colby family, a prominent border family of American Origin

WHERE: 535 Dufferin, Stanstead
Info: Phone: (819) 876-7322; Email:



Permanent Exhibition
WHEN: May 2015, date to be confirmed
A Tale of the Townships
Two years in the planning, our new permanent exhibition tells the story of the early settlers to our region, historic Compton County, and the thriving village that developed here in the 1800s. When you visit the new exhibit of carefully selected objects from our extensive collections, you will follow the story beginning with the Native Americans who fished and hunted here. It continues with the arrival of the first English speaking homesteaders from New England and then from the British Isles, in the early 1800s, and the French speaking settlers who came later. You will discover how each of these groups has left an indelible mark on our local history, culture and architecture.

WHEN: May, date to be confirmed
WHERE: 374 Route 253 (Eaton Corner) Cookshire/Eaton
Info: 819-875-5256 or

Upcoming events:

Play: Beyond Belief – Bill McCallum and Imps

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 2015, two showing 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sawyerville Community Centre, Sawyerville
Please reserve with Pat Boychuck at 819-875-3182
Cost: $10.00 per person

Researching family history? Special projects?
Please call for an appointment at tel: 819-875-5256 or 819-875-3182; Email:
We Can Help You
We have genealogy information on many local families, as well as volumes of Townships history, individual family histories, ancestral charts and other documents available for study. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you’re sure to discover something fascinating along the way. Access to the Archives & Library and research support are available by appointment.

Info: Tel: 819-875-5256 or 819-875-3182 or Email:



Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society presents a wide selection of hats from their collection in the exhibition, Hang On To Your Hats / Coiffez vos chapeaux. Vintage headgear for men and women dates from the turn of the 20th century into the 1960s.

The variety of materials used in hat making is evident in this display. Two dresses, several hat boxes and hat pins, as well as a few walking sticks, round out the exhibition.

WHEN: Wednesday to Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., until May 2015 closed in January re-opening February 1st.
WHERE: 9 Speid street in the Borough of Lennoxville (second floor)
For further information, call 819-564-0409.

Opening Hours

Fall - Winter - Spring
Wednesday to Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January: Closed to the public
Office: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Opening Hours

Fall - Winter - Spring
Wednesday to Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Portraits et religieuses Exposition photographique
Les Petites Sœurs de la Sainte-Famille Première du court-métrage

The works of Martin Blache will be at Uplands until March 8th, 2015.

Through his lenses
On the walls at Uplands, you will find photographs taken exclusively in Sherbrooke which are the result of a reflexive look at aging and the Catholic religion. This two parts event also presents Les Petites Sœurs de la Sainte-Famille, a short film revealing the everyday life of a religious congregation in Sherbrooke in the form of a personal and artistic documentary. Testimonies of the sisters are part of this short film.

February Opening hours
Uplands is open Wednesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information call 819 564-0409.

Small English Tea
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Costs: $10.

Chamber Music Concert 2014-15 series

February 21 (8:00 p.m.) at St. Andrew’s Church | $12 / $8
Uplands Trio, Take Two
Another work for clarinet, cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven and the music of Nino Rota and George Gershwin

April 25 (8:00 p.m.) at St. Andrew’s Church | $12 / $8
The Three Woodwinds
Music for flute, oboe and clarinet by Georg Philipp Telemann, W.A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Leroy Ostransky, Malcolm Arnold and Ludwig van Beethoven




Sébastien Pesot. L’anatomie du Bling
From 21 February through 19 April 2015
To complete the triptych which began with his earlier photographic series Crash and Pavillon, Sébastien Pesot presents for the first time at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke a multi-media exhibition based on the musical, graphic and semantic relationships between sound, musical instruments and the body of the artist. Combining fifteen large-format photographs, two video installations and an intervention in situ, L’anatomie du Bling marks the end of an artistic journey undertaken by an Eastern Townships artist who has made his mark on the Québec artistic scene over the last fifteen years.

Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration
Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic
From 24 January through 12 April 2015

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is pleased to present Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration. Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic, a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of History. Some fifty years ago, the small community of Cape Dorset in the Canadian Arctic was introduced to the ancient traditions of Japanese printmaking. The remarkable story of that artistic encounter and its extraordinary result are the focus of this exhibition. It will also pay tribute to the man who first introduced Japanese prints to the Arctic: Canadian artist and “discoverer” of Inuit art, James Houston.

The exhibition, which opened in 2011 at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, is a showcase for the Inuit art collection held by the Canadian Museum of History — a collection that is unmatched in depth and scope and that provides an unrivalled record of artistic achievement and cultural change in Canada’s Far North. On the road since the beginning of 2011, it is making its last stop in Sherbrooke. The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is therefore particularly pleased to join with the Canadian Museum of History in presenting to the Eastern Townships region, and the whole of Québec, these remarkable works resulting from an exceptional intercultural blending.

WHEN: From 24 January through 12 April 2015

Permanent Collection
Spaces and Landscapes
Thanks to a grant from the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke has been able to undertake the renewal of its permanent collection. This exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the evolution of landscape art over time, from the panoramic views of earlier centuries to the dynamic concepts of contemporary art, and including the more personal vision of naïve artists. Landscape painting explores in a special way the links between nature and culture. It may depict a particular countryside, or evoke an imaginary scene, but it always inspires its viewers to a flight of fancy, a new point of view, an excursion in another world. Many important artists are represented here, including some from our region, and representatives of the next artistic generation. A special place is accorded to our own landscape painter, Frederick Simpson Coburn.



On behalf of the Center for Community Organization (COCo), the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) cordially invites you to attend the launch of a new interactive exhibition:
Quebec on the Move
An interactive exhibit of official minority-language social movements in Quebec, 1960-2010
From February 17 to March 2, 2015, Bishop’s University Centennial Center will host Quebec on the Move, a traveling exhibit exploring Quebec social movements in the official language minority communities. The installation’s central piece is a 20-minute video featuring highlights from 11 interviews of social leaders and community builders. This initiative is led by the Center for Community Organizations (COCo) and made possible by the Government of Canada, Bishop’s University, and the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC).
Among the participants, Rachel Garber and Rina Kampeas share their thoughts on their participation in the feminist movement in the Sherbrooke area. Bishop’s University professor Cheryl Gosselin interviews Alanna Fernandes about the Sherbrooke-based organizations she co-founded: Tierra del Fuego and l’Espace 100 noms. A launch will reunite participants, partners, academics, historians and interested citizens on February 18 for a 5-à-7 open to all.
Quebec on the Move creates a unique history of important social movements within Quebec minority language communities from 1960 to present. It will invite audiences to reflect upon the meaning of being active citizens in their day-to-day lives. Sherbrooke is the first stop of Quebec on the Move. It will later be presented in Montreal (March 3-18 - Concordia University) and in Quebec City (March 23-29 - Morrin Center).
For more information on the program, visit Quebec on the Move’s page at

The 16th Annual Robin Burns Lecture
The Eastern Townships and World War I

The Eastern Townships Resource Centre invites you to attend the 16th Annual Robin Burns Lecture.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Cleghorn Common Room (McGreer) on the Bishop’s University campus

On the centenary of the First World War, the Centre has invited author and historian Michel Litalien from the Canadian Forces Museums and Historical Collections of the Department of National Defence.

When Canada entered the war in August 1914, the Eastern Townships was already well aware of military and defence issues. Because of its particular location, the region had been historically compelled to militarize as it had to be ready at all times to repel a most threatening neighbour who had tried to push its way in a few times. Around 1880, few were the towns and villages that did not have at least one military unit or sub-unit. Therefore, on the eve of WWI, Sherbrooke and its region already had two cavalry brigades, one infantry brigade, artillery units and auxiliary units. In August 1914, although Minister of Militia and Defence Sam Hughes chose not to mobilize the non-permanent active Militia units for active duty, several of their members quickly volunteered to fight on the European front. With its two linguistic communities, the region became a very interesting recruitment territory for the Canadian Expeditionary Force and several Montreal battalions even set up recruiting centres directly in the region.

Many Townships citizens distinguished themselves throughout the conflict. For example, rather than merely encourage its citizens to enrol, Lieutenant-colonel George Harold Baker, a federal MP, acted on his beliefs and volunteered in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He would also be the only politician to fall in the line of duty. As for the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, a unit raised in the region, two of its members received the Victoria Cross, the highest military valour decoration of the British Empire. The instances of bravery from Eastern Townships’ citizens on the European front were numerous...

The lecture will be held in English, it is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. If you would like to attend please contact us under

For more information:




The last Heritage Gaspe Historical Calendar has been sold. We have received much positive feedback on this latest edition. We look forward to our next effort which will be the HOMES-AT-HOME calendar and web site.

Gaspe: Homes-at-Home.

The 2016 calendar will include pictures of some of the older homes in Gaspe as they looked years ago. Included with the pictures will be a brief description of the original owners of the property and those responsible for building the home. A web-based component of the project will also be available that will include anecdotes about the homes and people who lived in them.

In order for us to start the project we need early photos, of homes taken years ago. It is important that we receive permission to use the photo from the owner of the photo with the understanding that a copy will be used for the calendar as well as for the web component. No photo will be used without such permission. We have done this with photos used for the two previous calendars and the use of these photos is greatly appreciated. We also give credit to those who give permission for the use of the photo.

For further information please contact us at gaspecoast@sympatico or




Miniature Trains
Extraordinary moments to treasure!
All year long!
This exhibition showcases a 4, 87 meter by 12, 5 meter HO scale (1/87 or 1 mm = 87 mm) layout, built by the Exporail's volunteers and members of the Montreal Railroad Modellers Association, in conjunction with Exporail.
It depicts typical Canadian railway operations and scenes with a train servicing terminal, industries, rural settings, a mining operation and a small town.
This exhibition of miniature trains contrast with the huge railway equipment full size on exhibit in our Angus pavilion.

WHERE: 110, rue Saint-Pierre, Saint-Constant
Info: Telephone: 450-632-2410; Courriel:

Recent acquisitions
Locomotive and passenger cars from the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT)

The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) made a large donation to Exporail’s historic collection last September, consisting of three pieces of rolling stock which ended their service on the AMT network in 2010.
First, the GR 418 AMT 1311 diesel electric locomotive, one of the hundreds of GP9 engines built by General Motors in London, Ontario. Secondly AMT 1101 passenger car, an example of the cars which ran in commuter service for almost 40 years, for the AMT in Montreal and, before, for Go Transit in Toronto. Lastly, AMT 603 generator car, built by Canadian Car & Foundry in Ville Saint-Pierre. This car illustrate the conversion of passenger’s trains from steam to electric heating while providing energy.

Station letterbox no. 4

Introduced at the end of the 19th century, letterbox no. 4 was designed for the sole purpose of being installed on railway station platform posts.
Passengers in transit could drop off mail items addressed to a destination serviced by the railway’s mail service. Its distinctive feature is a lock cover shaped as a lion’s paw.
It was removed from service when the railways stopped delivering mail in 1972.
Donated by David Jenkins


• Miniature Railway
• Streetcar
• Passenger Train
• Barrington Station and the Discovery Trail

• Rocky Mountain Express

• John Molson Steam
• Telegraph
• Operating Turntable





Announcing: ROOTS 2015

Information for publication in your journal, on your website and Facebook page
for further details, including a list of speakers, events and a registration form visit the QFHS webpage at:



Preservation of Heritage Interiors

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Interior Preservation of 1739 Hurtubise House
Speaker: Gina Garcia, architectural conservator. (To be confirmed)
The Canadian Heritage of Quebec, a private foundation, has owned the Hurtubise house at 563 Côte St. Antoine Road since 1961 and maintains it according to the Ministère de la culture et des Communications regulations.
The house and grounds were classified as historical 2004. Gina Garcia, architectural conservator, worked on the conservation of the Hurtubise House interior in 2011-12. Her treatment of the plaster on the stone walls is of paticutlar interest.

WHERE: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St West
WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
Info: 514-989-5510 or 514-932-6688

Thursday, April 16, 2015
PRESERVATION of 1847 BRAEMAR HOUSE: 3219 The Boulevard
Speaker: Sharon Azrieli, owner
Braemar, the third oldest house in Westmount was built in 1847. Sharon Azrieli, the present owner, carried out research using archival photographs, plans, and drawings before entering into the extensive project to regain the authenticity of the original building. Braemar was recognized as an historic monument in 1984 by Quebec.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Speakers: Michael Blinderman, owner and Julia Gersovitz, architect
Percy Erskine Nobbs, noted Canadian architect and educator, built his own home in 1913 on Belvedere Road. The house and gardens were a testament to the Arts and Crafts philosophy of integrated design. Following his death, the property changed ownership very little, but was still subject to successive modernizations. The present owners, Michael and Marina Blinderman, selected the firm of Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes to restore and rehabilitate the house.
Michael Blinderman and Julia Gersovitz will discuss the planning and implementation of the work.

In 2012, Bill 82, the “Quebec Cultural Heritage Act“ was passed by the Quebec government, providing municipalities with the power to protect both the exterior and the interior of buildings.
As a result, Westmount has included the mandate of a Heritage Council within the Planning Architectural Committee’s (PAC) tasks. This body could play a future role in saving original features of the interiors of Westmount’s Heritage homes.



PARK EXTENSION THROUGH THE DECADES: 1910-2010 / Parc-Extension à Travers les Décennies: 1910 à 2010.

The Park Extension Historical Society (SHpeHS), located in north central Montreal, has just published a booklet illustrating the neighbourhood's evolution from French Canadian market gardens to crowded urban district where 94% of the 31,000 residents were born outside of Canada and English maintains a toehold. This lively booklet, measuring 8" x 8", consists of 68 pages packed with photos of people and places, bilingual captions and texts. It is both instructive and entertaining for all ages of readers.

It was fashioned with the help of a Canada Summer Jobs graphics intern from ten exhibition posters prepared by the SHpeHS in 2010 and published by Éditions Hisitoire Québec, ISBN: 978-2-89586-091-4.

For information about ordering please visit the website or telephone (514) 271-6650. The cost is $20 plus mail and handling. It can also be obtained through the FHQ's mail order book boutique.



2015 Lectures
Starting in November 2014 and throughout the year 2015, the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society invites you to discover different aspects of Canadian Military - Standing on Guard

Everyone welcome.
Free for members; $2 for non-members
Become a member for $5 per year
Information: Email:
Visit often our website at to learn more about our activities and monthly lectures on the third Thursday of the month. Info: 514-695-0205

Lecture - Canadian Militaries Series
How in 1914 Canada Went to War for a "Scrap of Paper"
Guest speaker: Jean-Pierre Raymond

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 19:30 to 21:00
WHERE: Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield
Lecture in English, with French visuals, followed by a bilingual question period

Jean-Pierre Raymond, retired engineer, talks about many little known facts that explain how a series of human misjudgements occurred resulting in WWI. He explains the legal process which brought the United Kingdom and, consequently, Canada into the war and the motivations for each of the seven powers of the time. Starting with the end of the Napoleonic era, the chronology of catastrophic events is presented.

Lecture by Patricia Burns - Canadian Militaries Series
They Were So Young. Montrealers Remember World War II
Guest Speaker: Patricia Burns

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 19:30 to 21:00
WHERE: Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield
Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

Patricia Burns, author of this book published in 2002, will elaborate on

1. The reason for writing an oral history of WWII
2. Finding people to interview
3. The technique and process of oral history
4. A few stories.




Writers Wanted
Theatre Wakefield is inviting active, young-at-heart seniors interested in local history and interpretive storytelling to help create the content for
Maison Fairbairn’s forthcoming touch-screen information kiosks.

Participant will receive creative direction and coaching support in developing tales of the Lower Gatineau Valley for feature as multimedia vignettes at the
Heritage Centre. Participants will also practice mentoring one another in the creative process and working with the (all-ages) performers who will
animate their stories for recording.

This exciting and educational project for seniors is a partnership between Theatre Wakefield, Maison Fairbairn, and Connexions Resource Centre
(formerly OHSSN).

Please contact Peter MacGibbon at (819) 827-8513 or via email at for more information.



Pat Evans Archives •
Chelsea Library ● downstairs
Hours - Monday & Wednesday
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment - 819-827-6224
Opening Wednesday, September 15, 2014




Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00 p.m.
Free admission - please reserve in advance.

McGill professor emeritus of history Carman Miller talks about editing “Charlie’s First War,” the diary of Charles Henry Tweddell, one of several thousand Canadian soldiers who fought with British forces in the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). A methodical diarist, Tweddell recounts his year of service from the time he left Quebec City until his return. Tweddell’s diary, presented here in full for the first time, offers a rare and fascinating first-person account of Charlie’s first war. It is a privileged insight into the fabric of late nineteenth-century military life, its opportunities, and its personal costs, seen through the eyes of a perceptive observer and sympathetic raconteur.

Sunday, March 22 - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members $15.
Pascal Dufour's first album, “Ici le temps nous appartient” (2008), was a critical and public success. The hit song, “Citoyen du monde,” was part of this album. Several of the songs were also performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2007.
With his next album, “Airs salins,” released in 2011, Pascal once again demonstrate his mastery of catchy melodies, using them liberally throughout the compositions and their arrangements. In this album, Dufour's songs convey his sense of social awareness and he takes advantage of the power of his lyrics. Listeners will discover both the playful and the emotional sides of Dufour.


Quebec City -- The Morrin Centre, Quebec City's English-language cultural centre, recently received a media conference grant from Canadian Heritage, with the goal of examining and promoting Linguistic Duality. Part of the project involves partnering with journalism or film studies classes at area CEGEPs and high schools to create video reports on issues that are important to the students' community or school.

Project details
- Students will submit a 3- to 5-minute video report on an issue impacting their school or community.
- Entries will be accepted in both French and English.
- The five best entries will be posted on the Morrin Centre website where the public will have a chance to vote.
- The winning entry will earn $300 and be announced at the event on March 21, 2015.
- The students involved in the creation of the five best entries will be invited to take part in one of the round-tables where they will discuss the making of their reports.
- During the round-table, Anglophone and Francophone students will discuss their perceptions of language and media and how it shaped their reports.
- The session will be moderated by a prominent bilingual media personality, which will also help to encourage student participation. This will also allow students to express themselves in the official language of their choice.

For more information, contact Hoffman Wolff, the Morrin Centre’s director of communications and programming, at (418) 694-9147 x223, or



Heritage Canada The National Trust is excited to be launching our I LOVE MY MAIN STREET CONTEST later today. The contest gives Canadians a chance to show off their favourite main street, whether it’s a hometown, local village or favourite tourist destination, by simply sharing a photo and story to the contest microsite. By participating in I LOVE MY MAIN STREET, they are not only entering the chance to win a VIA Rail travel voucher worth $2,000, they are helping to fuel a dialogue about the importance of maintaining Canada’s historic main streets.

We need your help in making this contest a success. Not only are we hoping you will take the time to share a photo of your favourite main street, we’re also counting on you to help us spread the word about this great opportunity.

You will all be receiving a Communiqué from us announcing the I LOVE MY MAIN STREET CONTEST today. Please forward it to your contacts, and share our Facebook posts and retweet our Twitter messages about this event. If you’re not already a Facebook friend or Twitter follower, please join us now: Facebook and Twitter

A winner will be randomly selected on April 1, 2015 and will have a full year to use their travel voucher.

Thank you in advance for helping us raise awareness about the importance of Canada’s traditional downtowns – our heritage worth celebrating!


Natalie Bull
Executive Director / Directrice générale
Heritage Canada The National Trust / Héritage Canada La Fiducie nationale
613-237-1066 x. 222



Community Memories Program

Download the Guidelines
(PDF 468Kb)
Download the Application Form
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Community Memories Overview
Community Memories is an investment program that enables small community museums to develop online local history exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).

The objectives of Community Memories are to:
• tell the stories of Canada’s communities and make them accessible to all Canadians;
• strengthen the capacity of Canada’s community museums to create digital content for use on the Web;
• increase the Web presence of Canada’s community museums;
• stimulate community/museum partnerships in the development of online local history exhibits; and
• engage Canadians in sharing their personal heritage with others.

Community Memories is not a Grants and Contribution program. The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) enters into contracts with participating museums for the creation of Community Memories exhibits.
Eligible Institutions

To be eligible for Community Memories investment funding, your museum must:

1. Be a not-for-profit organization.
For the purposes of Community Memories, this is defined as follows:
• not-for-profit;
• have a permanent physical establishment open to the public (seasonal or year-round);
• administered in the public interest for the primary purpose of conserving and preserving, studying, interpreting, assembling and exhibiting objects and specimens of educational and cultural value. This includes artistic, scientific (whether animate or inanimate), historical and technological material;
• a museum, art gallery, art exhibit centre, botanical garden, zoological park, aquarium, planetarium, historical society museum, historical house, library, archives, preservation project or site, professional cultural association or group which meets the aforementioned requirements.1
NOTE: The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) reserves the right to request proof of eligibility from applicants at any time during the proposal review process.

2. Be an institution with no more than five permanent full-time paid staff.
• Full-time is defined as 30 hours or more of work per week. Institutions that are entirely volunteer-run are also eligible. (For information on VMC investment for larger museums, please see the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program

3. Have completed any previous exhibit
• Have completed any previous exhibit for which it received investment in an earlier Call for Proposals from the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), who previously administered the program. This applies to investment from both the Community Memories and Virtual Exhibits investment programs.

NOTE: For the purposes of Community Memories, “community” is not defined geographically. Rather, a community is defined as being a group that shares a common history or interest and that may be situated in a specific location in Canada.

Call for Proposals
Eligible institutions and organizations from the Canadian cultural community are hereby invited to submit proposals for the production of Community Memories exhibits for the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC). All proposals must be submitted via email, as outlined in the Community Memories Program Proposal Form.
For the 2014 Call for Proposals, the Community Memories Investment Program is offering applicants two streams to consider when submitting a proposal:

1. New Project – applications may propose projects to create completely new online exhibits using the Community Memories tool;

2. Update a Project – applicants may propose to upgrade an existing Community Memories exhibit to meet the current standards of the Community Memories program, as outlined in these guidelines. These existing exhibits are those originally created using the previous Community Memories software provided by CHIN.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 27 February 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

NOTE: The VMC will not invest in more than one production at a time from any institution. If your institution is currently working on a VMC product, including a Virtual Exhibition, please do not submit any proposal, as it will be ineligible for consideration until the current one has been launched.

The total investment available for this Call is up to two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00). VMC funding will not exceed $10,000 (excluding GST/HST) in any proposal.

For more information, please download the Community Memories Program Guidelines, or contact the Canadian Museum of History at



Now accepting applications for 2015-2016 YCW Programs!
OTTAWA, December 11, 2014 — The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to announce its renewed commitment to delivering the 2015-16 Young Canada Works (YCW) program – a shared initiative with the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The CMA will be accepting applications for the YCW summer jobs and the Canadian internship programs until February 2, 2015. A substantial portion of the summer jobs program funding is reserved exclusively for small and medium-sized museums.

The CMA is accepting applications from eligible Canadian museums and heritage organizations for YCW at Building Careers in Heritage, international component. For more information, consult the online PDF document. For organisations wishing to apply for a project with an international placement, the deadline to apply is March 2, 2015.

Please visit the CMA's YCW Program web pages for program updates and important information on Employer Eligibility Criteria, Selection Criteria and FAQ. Applications must be submitted online at

* Note that the YCW Interactive website is multi-year accessed. The multi-year access feature was implemented for the 2012 campaign and onward. New users will need to register for the 2015 campaign. Returning 2012, 2013 and/or 2014 users will retain their account details when applying for this year's campaign.

Please contact, 613-567-0099 if you have any questions.



The following information from the Department of Canadian Heritage concerns the submission of applications for funding for the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Form and guide

Organizations seeking funding must complete an application form and provide all the required documents.
The form to be used to apply for 2015-2016 funding is in accessible PDF format and includes features to help simplify the application process (e.g. automatic calculations). To ensure that applications are evaluated consistently, applicants must use this PDF form. Applications that are not submitted on the PDF form will not be accepted. If you need assistance with the form or cannot fill it out electronically, please contact your program officer.
Please read the Applicant’s Guide carefully to ensure that the form is filled out properly and completely.

Your application for funding must be printed, signed by an authorized person and mailed by December 5, 2014 for projects starting in June 2015 or by April 10th, 2015 for projects starting in September 2015.

The application must be sent to:
Ms. Jacqueline Ritchi
Manager Official Language Support Programs and Aboriginal Peoples' Program
Department of Canadian Heritage – Quebec Region
Dominique-Ducharme Building,
105 McGill Street, Suite 200 (2nd floor),
Montreal (Québec) H2Y 2E7

Applications for funding received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for meeting the deadline and obtaining proof of submission (postmark) or confirmation of receipt from the Department (if submitted in person).
An electronic copy of the application should also be sent to
Key elements of the application
Your application should demonstrate your needs and how results/activities:

• are official language issues (Part B – Situation);
• have the potential for tangible impact (Part B – Desired Outcomes);
• support and strengthen the cultural, artistic and heritage activities of official-language minority communities or ensure outreach of the wealth and diverse cultural, artistic and heritage expression of these communities (Part B – CCAF Objectives); and
• involve all financial and non-financial partners possible for the success of the project (Part C - Efforts to Leverage or Diversify Sources of Funding).

Some definitions used under the CCAF, such as cultural, artistic and heritage activities, and outreach, are provided in the Applicant’s Guide and on the application form. The active participation of communities included in these definitions can be demonstrated through the interaction between one or more artistic, cultural or heritage stakeholders and members of the community during the development or creative process. This participation must be over and above the community being exposed to a product, such as a show or an exhibit.

NEW – In your application, you must demonstrate that travel and operational expenses are reasonable and represent the minimum costs required for the project’s success. You will be required, as applicable; to report any recent efforts to reduce these costs (Part A – Further Information Regarding the Organization’s Activities as required in the call letter).
Departmental priorities

As part of the government’s countdown to Canada’s 150th birthday, a number of milestones on The Road to 2017 have been identified.

If you would like to recognize the contribution of a person, object or events to Canadian history and identity, and your project meets our program objectives, please refer to the following list of milestones and integrate them into your application: .
Any questions or draft applications for funding should be forwarded to your program officer at least two weeks before the deadline date for which you are submitting the application.

(See attached file: )
Vous trouverez ci-dessous des renseignements du ministère du Patrimoine canadien se rapportant au processus de soumission de demandes de financement au Fonds d’action culturelle communautaire pour l’exercice 2015-2016.

Formulaire et guide

Les organismes qui souhaitent présenter une demande de financement doivent remplir un formulaire et fournir l’ensemble des documents requis.

Le formulaire à utiliser pour les demandes 2015-2016 est en format PDF accessible et comporte des caractéristiques qui aident à simplifier le processus de demande (p. ex. calculs automatiques). Pour assurer une évaluation uniforme des demandes, les demandeurs doivent utiliser ce formulaire. Les demandes qui ne sont pas présentées au moyen du formulaire PDF ne seront pas acceptées. Si vous avez de la difficulté avec le formulaire ou si vous ne pouvez pas le remplir en format électronique, veuillez communiquer avec votre agent(e) de programme.

Prière de lire le guide du demandeur attentivement afin de remplir le formulaire correctement et vous assurer qu’il soit complet.

Votre demande de financement doit être imprimée, signée par la personne autorisée et envoyée par la poste au plus tard le 5 décembre 2014 pour des projets débutant en juin 2015 ou le 10 avril 2015 pour ceux commençant en septembre 2015.

La demande doit être envoyée à :
Mme Jacqueline Ritchi
Gestionnaire Programme d'appui aux langues officielles et Programme des autochtones
Patrimoine canadien – région du Québec
Édifice Dominique-Ducharme,
105, rue McGill, bureau 200 (2e étage),
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 2E7

Toute demande envoyée après la date de tombée ne sera pas acceptée. Il vous incombe de respecter la date de tombée et d’obtenir une preuve d’envoi (le cachet de la poste faisant foi) ou une confirmation que le Ministère a reçu la demande (si déposée en mains propres).

De plus, une version électronique du formulaire de demande doivent être acheminé à serait apprécié.

Éléments clés de la demande

Votre demande devra démontrer le(s) besoin(s) à combler et comment les résultats/activités :
• sont liés à un enjeu de langue officielle (Partie B – État de la situation);
• présentent un potentiel d’impact tangible (Partie B – Impacts visés);
• appuient et renforcent l’action culturelle, artistique et patrimoniale des communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire ou assurent le rayonnement de la richesse et de la diversité de l’expression culturelle, artistique et patrimoniale de ces communautés (Partie B – Objectifs du FACC) et
• sollicitent les partenaires financiers et non financiers jugés essentiels au succès de la demande (Partie C – Efforts à générer du financement).

Le guide du demandeur et le formulaire de demande précisent certaines définitions utilisées aux fins du FACC, notamment l’action culturelle, artistique et patrimoniale, de même que le rayonnement. La participation active des communautés mentionnée dans ces définitions s’explique par une interaction entre un ou des intervenants des milieux artistiques, culturels ou patrimoniaux et les membres de la communauté lors des processus d’élaboration ou de création. Cette participation doit aller au-delà du simple fait pour la communauté d’être exposée à un produit, par exemple, un spectacle ou une exposition.

NOUVEAUTÉ - Vous devrez être en mesure d’expliquer, dans votre demande, que les coûts liés aux déplacements et aux coûts opérationnels sont raisonnables et représentent les coûts minimums requis pour la réussite du projet. Le cas échéant, vous devriez faire état de tout effort récent pour réduire ces coûts (Partie A – Renseignements complémentaires sur les activités de l’organisme tel que précisé dans la lettre d’appel).

Priorités ministérielles
Dans le cadre du compte à rebours du gouvernement pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, un certain nombre de jalons marquants sur la route vers 2017 ont été identifiés.

Si vous souhaitez souligner la contribution de personnes, d’objets ou d’événements à l’histoire et à l’identité canadienne, et que votre projet rencontre les objectifs de notre programme, prière de vous référer à la liste de jalons suivants et les intégrer à votre demande : .

Toute question ou ébauche de demande de financement devrait être acheminée à votre agent(e) de programme.

Veuillez accepter nos plus sincères salutations,

(See attached file: )

Jacqueline Ritchi
Gestionnaire Programme d'appui aux langues officielles et Programme des autochtones | Manager Official Language Support Programs and Aboriginal Peoples' Program
Patrimoine canadien | Canadian Heritage
Édifice Dominique-Ducharme, 105, rue McGill, bureau 200 (2e étage), Montréal, (Québec) H2Y 2E7 | Dominique-Ducharme Building, 105 McGill Street, Suite 200 (2nd floor), Montreal, Québec H2Y 2E7
Téléphone | Telephone 514-283-5895
Télécopieur | Facsimile 514-283-3126 (Nouveau/New)
Téléimprimeur (sans frais) 1-888-997-3123 | Teletypewriter (toll-free) 1-888-997-3123
Gouvernement du Canada | Government of Canada


Cooperation with the Community Secto


The purpose of the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component is to support engagement by community organizations and strengthen their ability to act in order to obtain measurable gains in terms of community vitality, as well as to encourage innovation and excellence.

Cooperation framework
Eligible recipients
Eligible expenditures
Content of application
Evaluation criteria
Funding terms
Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada's contribution

How to apply

I. Cooperation framework
Investments made by the Department will be national, interprovincial/interterritorial, provincial/territorial, regional or local in scope.
Investments will be made directly to the organizations in the form of contributions and grants.
Canadian Heritage also signs cooperation agreements with provincial and territorial community representatives. These non-financial agreements enable the Department to gain a better understanding of the community’s development issues and to establish priorities.

Programming funds will be paid to organizations so that they can carry out ongoing regular activities related to development issues in the community or in the area being supported. The funds aim to support the ongoing commitment and actions of organizations. They cover expenditures related to the activities and organizations’ operating costs.
The Department will give priority to activities that have a lasting effect on the community or the area being supported, that is to say that strengthen relations between community stakeholders and help build the sector being supported.
Project funds will be paid to organizations to carry out one-time activities and whose implementation does not require ongoing funding.
The Department will give priority to projects that address current issues or are innovative, such as projects which help develop areas that are largely unexplored or are unique.

II. Eligible recipients
Canadian not-for-profit organizations, as legally defined, associations, institutions, commercial organizations for not-for-profit activities, and foundations for not-for-profit activities. These bodies must represent the interests of official-language minority communities. Their missions, mandates or the majority of their activities must support and assist the development and enhance the vitality of official-language minority communities nationally, provincially, regionally or locally.
The following are not eligible:
government bodies, universities, schools, school boards, foreign institutions and organizations.

III. Eligible expenditures
Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
costs to set up, deliver and monitor programs, services, activities and projects (cultural activities program, volunteer training program, recreation, cultural services, community communication services, etc.);
costs related to studies or analyses carried out for the purpose of developing programs, services or activities essential to development of official-language minority communities; and
administrative costs, including, but not limited to, auditing and evaluation costs and other administrative overhead related to the funded activities.
The following expenditures are not eligible:
expenditures related to activities with an international dimension.

IV. Calendar
Each year, the Program will set deadlines for submitting applications and post them on its website:
Québec Program Funding
Project Funding Project - Cycle 1 December 5, 2014
Project - Cycle 2 April 10, 2015

V. Content of application

Linkages with the objectives of the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component:
The official-language issue(s) that led the organization to submit an application (An official-language issue is defined as what fosters or restricts the use of the minority language).
What must be changed, improved or maintained?
Description of the proposed programs, activities or projects.
Clear statement of expected outcomes, with performance indicators for the entire project.
Linkages with the community’s development priorities, or the sector of intervention, if any.
Implementation schedule.
Budget including breakdowns of the projected expenditures and the sources of financial contributions for the proposed programs, services or activities.
If applicable, any measures taken with regard to the communication and outreach activities to the other official-language group.

VI. Evaluation criteria

Linkages with the objectives of the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component.
Relevance of issues in terms of community vitality.
Relevance of the proposed activities in relation to the issues raised.
Linkages with the community’s development priorities, or of the sector of intervention, if any.
Diversification of funding sources and quality of cooperation with other public or private partners.
Projected outcomes and impact on the targeted community.
Relevance of proposed performance measurements.
Correlation between budget and projected activities
Contribution to increased inclusiveness of official-language minority communities, if applicable.
Funding decisions are based on the aforementioned criteria and available funds. All funding decisions are the prerogative of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

VII. Funding terms

The Department provides funding to successful applicants in the form of grants or contributions and establishes the reporting requirements and terms and conditions of payment. Multi-year funding may be provided in some cases.
The funding mechanism (grant or contribution) will be chosen based on the proposal’s level of risk and on the criteria established by the Department.
The Department will assume no responsibility for any contractual commitments entered into by the Applicant prior to confirmation of financial support from the Department.

VIII. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada’s contribution

Public acknowledgment is a condition when receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Recipients are required to acknowledge the contribution from the Department in accordance with the Guidelines for acknowledging funding from Canadian Heritage.

IX. How to apply

Applicants for funding under the Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component must use the Application Guide and Application Form, which can be found in the section on Official Languages Support Programs application forms and guides on the website at
For more information, applicants can contact the Official Languages Support Programs in their local Canadian Heritage office (


Canadian Heritage Funding Opportunity:

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

• Application Deadlines
• Program
• Our Commitment to Privacy

The Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

Application Deadlines

The deadline dates to submit a Local Festivals application are January 30, April 30 and September 30.
The deadline date for a Community Anniversaries application is January 30.
There is no fixed deadline for a Legacy Fund application; however, your project must be submitted at the latest by the date of the anniversary you want to commemorate.


The Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program delivers its funding through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and the Legacy Fund.
Local Festivals

The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers.
Community Anniversaries
The Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non–recurring local events and capital projects that commemorate an anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years.

Legacy Fund
The Legacy Fund component provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a 100th anniversary or greater in increments of 25 years, of a significant local historical event or local historical personality.
Still not sure where your event or project fits? View this chart.
If you have any questions about the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program, please Contact us.
Service Delivery Standards for this funding program.

Commemoration of the Canadian Participation in World War II
We will be accepting applications under the Community Anniversaries and Legacy Fund components for projects starting and ending between January 2014 and December 2017 that commemorate the 75th anniversary of locally significant events directly related to the Canadian participation in World War II.


Museums Assistance Program

**Funding open year-round**
Exhibition Circulation Fund:

This component assists museums with the costs of hosting a travelling exhibition originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution.

Borrowing Artefacts from the Canadian Museum of History or the Canadian War

Support for borrowing artefacts from the Canadian Museum of History or the Canadian War Museum for exhibition purposes is available to museums, including small museums.

Funding priorities:

Exhibitions related to key events or figures in Canadian history and those related to anniversaries of nation-building milestones "On the Road 2017"
will be given priority.

Contact Information:

For more information about this component of the program or to obtain application forms, please consult Exhibition Circulation Fund - Borrowing Artefacts or Contact Us .