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Connecting Through Culture: Concert Series with Whisky Legs and the Aurian Haller Band

Following the success of last fall’s concerts, Randall Spear will be hosting two more concerts with local artists and friends from outside the province. Come meet a variety of singer-songwriters in a bilingual setting where music is the common language.
Don't miss the first concert in this series, featuring Quebec City soul/blues duo Whisky Legs (pictured), as well as The Aurian Haller Band.
A limited number of tickets are still available.

Location: College Hall, Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais.
Date: Sunday, September 21.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/members, $15/general admission.


Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
Historians generally agree that Canada regarded itself as a country rather than a colony for the first time after the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. Charles André Nadeau discusses how the road to Vimy started 100 years ago in Quebec City with the gathering of a contingent of 32,330 men, including 5,733 from this province, who embarked for the war in 31 cruise and cargo ships.
Charles André Nadeau is a retired officer from the Canadian Navy, where he commanded the destroyer HMCS Algonquin and the École Navale at the Pointe-à-Carcy, and served as naval attaché in Paris. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in classics and a masters in Advanced Military Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Since retirement, he has studied at Laval University and obtained Bachelor’s and Master degrees in history.

Free event

WHERE: Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais

16 OCTOBER, Thursday | 5:30 p.m.

Please join us on Thursday, October 16, for the fifth annual Literary Feast, our annual fundraising dinner to be held at the Morrin Centre.

The evening will start with a cocktail in the library at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner in the magnificent College Hall at 6:30 p.m.

The evening’s speakers

Keynote speaker: Christopher Moore, historian
Christopher Moore has been presenting Canadian history to general audiences for over thirty years. He has won two Governor General’s Awards, first for “Louisbourg Portraits: Life in an 18th Century Garrison Town,” which won the 1982 nonfiction prize, and for “From Then to Now: A Short History of the World,” which earned the 2011 award for children’s literature.
Based in Toronto, Moore has also written the best-selling photo-history “Canada: Our Century,” as well as “1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal,” which, in 2011, was named one of the 12 best political books of the past 25 years. He is currently a columnist for Canada’s History magazine, and served as the national chair for the Writer’s Union of Canada from 1999 to 2000.
Moore’s awards also include the Children’s Literature Roundtable Award (for “The Story of Canada”), and the Secretary of State’s Prize for Excellence in Canadian Studies, as well as recognition from the Canadian Historical Association and Ontario Historical Society. His journalism has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards nominations.

Honorary Chair: David F. Blair, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
David Blair is a Partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s Business Law Group, where he focuses his practice on transportation law. Since 2011, he has been listed as a leading transportation law practitioner in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also recognized in the 2014 edition of the Chambers Global for his experience in transportation law.

Blair is a former president of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and a former director of the Transportation Lawyers Association of the United States. He is involved in Québec’s Anglophone community as a director and administrator of numerous socio-cultural organizations, and was president of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec from 1999 to 2012. He is also the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Québec.

In December 2013, Blair was awarded the Order of Canada. Blair received his LLB from Université Laval in 1979 and was called to the Québec Bar in 1980. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association of the United States.

WHEN: 16 October 2014 / 5:30 p.m.
RATE: $225/ticket. To purchase, call the Morrin Centre at (418) 694-9147.

Discovery Tours
This summer promises to be a busy one as the Morrin Centre opens its doors to guests from near and far as they enjoy one of the city’s most appreciated guided tours. As of Friday, May 16 until the end of October, our Discovery tour will be offered daily in both English and French, and we’ve extended our hours! Brush up on your local history and impress your out-of-town guests with our in-depth knowledge of this 200-year old building’s remarkable transformation from Quebec’s first common goal to college to library and cultural centre.

To reserve, visit our website or contact Stefanie Johnston at 418-694-9147, ext. 226.

WHERE: Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais
WHEN: Please refer to the timetable on our website Date: Daily
Cost: $8.75 + tx for adults $6.50 + tx for students and members
Free for children ages 8 and under



It’s a family fun day at the Colby-Curtis Museum !
You are all invited to join us
Saturday October 4th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Rain or shine we plan to celebrate apple season.
Come and enjoy some apple crumble, freshly pressed apple juice, while dancing or tapping your toes to music.
Kids’ activities include bobbing for apples, races, and arts & crafts.

Fresh pies and other goodies will be available for sale.
Entrance is free. Door prizes and more.

Our doors are open, and we hope you and your family will join us
to celebrate Thanksgiving and our local apple festivities.

In case of rain activities will take place inside the barn and museum.
Thank you to our supporters Heath Orchard and Verger Stevens.

Peter Gossage (in English) titled: “An Illustrated History of Quebec.”
Saturday September 27th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Colby-Curtis Museum, at 535 Dufferin Rd. in Stanstead.

In this lecture, Peter Gossage will tell some of the “background story” concerning An Illustrated history of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity (Oxford University Press 2012), which he co-authored with J.I. Little.

The talk will focus on how he and Little came to write a new synthesis of Quebec history; on some of the interpretive challenges they faced along the way; on their collaborative process; and in particular, on their decision to build their narrative around the central ideas of tradition and modernity, rather than the standard ethnic and linguistic binaries.

Two years after the book’s initial release in August 2012, Professor Gossage will also take the opportunity to share and reflect on some of the more interesting reactions to this book, whether from audiences at public lectures, in published reviews, or in private conversations and correspondence.

The cost: $15 for members and $20 for non-members including lunch.
For more information: (819)876-7322.



150 years Coaticook – A photographic journey
Launch of a new photo exhibition at Townshippers’ Day

As part of the exhibition series DISCOVER YOUR PAST, the Eastern Townships Resource Centre is proud to announce the launch of its latest photo exhibition. “150 years Coaticook – A photographic journey” presents the daily life in Coaticook over the last 15 decades. For the city’s anniversary, the Eastern Townships Resource Centre and the Coaticook Historical Society searched their archives for the most beautiful and significant photographs to show how life was in the past.

Discover how Main Street has changed over the years, how train and car made their first appearance in the city and what it meant to live in Coaticook and the surrounding area. Visit the bar of the Half-Way-Hotel to have drink with the travelers, see the proud Coaticook Fire Brigade and observe the changes marked by the style of clothing, architecture and the quality and setting of the photographs.

Some of the buildings have long since disappeared and only the older ones among us might remember them, but surely you will discover familiar places and see them in a new way. So regardless if you were born in Coaticook, recently moved here or simply a visitor, “150 years Coaticook – A photographic journey” may spark memories of your own past - surely you will see the city with different eyes.

The exhibition can be visited from September 13th until November 20th at the Coaticook Historical Society, located on the second floor of the Coaticook Public Library, 34 Main East.

For more information:

Drop-In Family History Workshops

Do you have roots in the Townships and are interested in learning more about your family history but not sure where to start? The Eastern Townships Resource Centre is pleased to invite the public to a series of informal, drop-in family history workshops that will be held throughout the summer. The workshops will be geared towards beginners but will be customized to the interests and questions of the participants.

These workshops will help you make the first steps in tracing your ancestors as you learn how to use Bishop’s University’s extensive collection of genealogical and historical materials on the Townships. In addition to providing tips on searching printed resources such as church records, censuses and newspapers, it will also highlight the family history resources that are available online.

These FREE family history workshops will be held Fridays from July to the end of September, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Old Library, located in the McGreer Building at Bishop’s University.
No registration required.
For more information, contact Jody Robinson at 819-822-9600, ext. 2261 or



Culture Days in Potton

Friday, September 26th to Sunday, September 28th

Culture Days
Organized by the Culture and Heritage Committee (CCPP), the Municipality of the Township of Potton, in collaboration with the Potton Heritage Association APPHA), the Ken Jones Centre, Cinéma Potton and the Groupe bénévole municipal de Potton (GBMP)
Friday, September 26th, 9 am – 4 pm
Municipal Library
Exhibition of studio and student paintings, Studio Josette Favreau.
10 am – 3 pm

Round Barn Exhibition
The Landscapes of Potton, our Collective Cultural Heritage, APPHA
Presentations to the students of Mansonville schools. 5 pm – 9 pm

Youth Centre
Open air presentation by Cinéma Potton of the film LEGO, preceded by a BBQ. For everyone. Free admission, thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Communications. Saturday, September 27th 9 am – 1 pm

Place de la Grange Ronde Public Market 10 am – noon

Municipal Library Exhibition of studio and student paintings, Studio Josette Favreau.
10 am – 3 pm

Round Barn Exhibition The Landscapes of Potton, our Collective Cultural Heritage, APPHA
Art exhibition and sale.
Exhibition of photos and objects from Algeria.

Information booth of the MRC Memphremagog. 11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Entertainment for all with our Super Hiro. 2 pm – 6 pm

Maison-église Marie-Paule-Villeneuve Literary tea with author Marie-Paule Villeneuve and violinist Natalia Kononova. 4 pm – 5:30 pm

St. Paul's Anglican Church Karen Muzerall in concert
(entrance by donation). 6 pm – 10 pm

St. Paul's Church hall Pot luck community supper organized by APPHA. Sunday, September 28th 10 am - noon

Round Barn
Exhibition The Landscapes of Potton, our Collective Cultural Heritage, APPHA, 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Place Manson In case of rain: Town Hall
Puppet Theater: "Les petites fenêtres".
Puppet making for children aged 2 to 7. Productions Super Hiro.3 pm – 5 pm

Town Hall
Cinéma Potton presents QUÉBÉKOISIE, with English subtitles. Free admission.
5 pm – 6 pm
Presentation of Heritage Award to Hans Walser and Culture Award to Karen Muzerall.
Cocktail. Bilingual event – free admission.
Autumnfest Outdoor Festival at Owl's Head

Potton Heritage Association and Ken–Jones Centre invite you to join in the fun at the Autumnfest
Outdoor Festival.
Weekends only: September 27th & 28th, October 4th & 5th and 11th, 12th & 13th , from 10am to 4pm.

Towering over Lake Memphremagog, Owl's Head hosts three weekends of festivities in the heart
of the Eastern Townships. Ride the main chairlift to the summit for breathtaking panoramic views
or enjoy hiking and X country mountain biking. The program includes BBQ, crafts, antiques,
local products, activities, live music and games for the whole family. For more information, contact Luc Skypowder at 450 - 292-3342 or




New Exhibition:
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.

New temporary Exhibit to open this fall in Foss House.

WHEN: Both A Tale of the Townships and the Academy exhibits are open Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until mid October.
Cost: Adults, $8, seniors $6 and children $4(maximum $20. per family)
WHERE: 374 Route 253 (Eaton Corner) CookshireEaton
Info: 819-875-5256 or


September 27: Heritage Car Rally

October 4: Harvest Lunch

November 15: Herbal Christmas Gifts



September 28.
An Art Gala will be held with a reception, a book signing of Nick Fonda’s special edition, Hanging Fred and a Few Others, and an art auction.

Frederick Coburn (1871-1960) was once Canada's best-known painter. The "few others” referred to in the title are: Madeleine Audette, Pauline Boudreau, Aaron Edson, Minnie Gill, France Jodoin, Madeleine Lemire, Stuart Main, Mary Martin, David Nortcliffe, Denis Palmer, Kevin Sonmor, Stephan Starenkyj, and the late Gordon Pearson. The contemporary artists featured in the book have donated paintings which will be put up for sale by auction to raise funds for the Richmond County Historical Society and the Centre d’Art de Richmond.

The launch will be part of the Art Gala at the Centre Ste-Famille, 155 Craig St. in Richmond, QC Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will feature music by Francine Beaubien. To order Hanging Fred and a Few Others ($60), or to attend the Gala only ($30), contact Le Centre d’Art de Richmond, either by phone at 819-826-2488 or by email at or by contacting Simon Langeveld at 819-826-1923 before September 21 (or while copies last). This is an exceptional opportunity to celebrate Townships artists and support local organizations.

Sunday, October 26, Harvest Luncheon (noon) at Le Temps des Cerises, Danville.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Desmond Morton. Topic WW1.



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.

This exhibition begins on Sunday, July 13, 2014 and continues until December on the second floor of Uplands, 9 Speid St., Sherbrooke, QC. Summer opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information, call 819-564-0409.

WHEN: Until December (Summer opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
WHERE: 9 Speid street in the Boruough of Lennoxville (second floor)



Artist: Ena Greyeyes
A collection of works by aboriginal artist, Ena Greyeyes, will be presented in an exhibition titled “Windows on a Life”. The exhibition will showcase Ms. Greyeyes’ life as an aboriginal woman from her early childhood to today. Her work consists of using wood and a sawing technique to create unique pieces of art that reflect her rich cultural heritage and connection to the land and nature. Her use of intense and vibrant colors portrays Native spirituality through animalistic forms that are often dissimulated in her art.

Opening Hours:
Ena Greyeyes’ “Windows on a Life” art exhibit will be open to the public from Sunday, September 7th until Sunday, October 26th, 2014. Come and meet the artist at the vernissage on September 7th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Uplands’ opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Uplands Cultural and Heritage Center is situated at 9 Speid Street, Sherbrooke (Borough of Lennoxville). Information: 819-564-0409 or

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

Golden Tea
An English Tea Service is being offered for free to people who are 65 years or older.
Whether you are single, with friends or in a group, take this opportunity to experience our English Tea Service while discovering Uplands, an enchanting historical site.
Since we have limited room for each Tea (35 participants per date), reservations are required

Tuesday September 23, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday October 22, 2:00 p.m.



L’Espace Capital – Sylvain Bouthillette
From 7 June through 19 November 2014

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is proud to present a new creation by Sylvain Bouthillette. With the installation L’Espace Capital, the artist offers the visitor an experience both sensitive and intellectual, while moving into a striking and punchy multisensorial space. By combining a candid and exacerbated iconography, black humour, and a crowded spatial arrangement, Sylvain Bouthillette questions the strength of the relationship between individuals and society. In this imaginary space, the focus is on movement, with sixty pieces hung from ceiling to floor, and four mechanical sculptures which punctuate the composition. Born in Montréal in 1963, the multidisciplinary artist holds a Master’s degree in visual arts from Concordia University. Encountering the work of this artist, one discovers a world where intensity and contrast crash headlong.

Toucher. L’art poétique de Jean McEwen

“There are two ways to judge a painting. One is based on the criteria and theories of art. The other rests on the sensations the work produces in us. I paint the second one.” Jean McEwen, 1956. Jean McEwen is considered to be one of the most influential abstract artists in Canada. His paintings have no relationship with nature; they are constructed by a stratification of opaque and translucent pigments. Several of his works in the museum’s collection show his research on the sensory effects of colour and the experience of pure sensation as well as on the capture of light. The layers of yellow, green and pink cover the canvas and give it an impression of depth and fluidity. Commemorating the 15th anniversary of McEwen’s death, the exhibition will show works drawn from the museum’s own collection as well as from others.

WHEN: From March 1 to October 19
WHERE: 241 Dufferin, Sherbrooke
Info : 819-821-2115

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.



2015 Heritage Gaspé Historical Calendar
Heritage Gaspé has just announced that its new 2015 historical calendar will be available in early July.
The calendar includes some wonderful historic images of the people and their occupations /activities in years gone by. (Sports fishing, the cod fishery, mining, etc.) A wonderful reminder of home for anyone from Gaspé or now living away, it would make an excellent gift or keepsake!

It is available for only $ 15.00!
Order now while supplies last!
For ordering information please contact Jim Caputo by e-mail at - - or by phone at 613-678-3471

For information on any of these events contact – or




Journée de la Culture – Saturday September 27
Booth Open: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Quebec government is again sponsoring a province wide celebration of local culture. This year, the event will be held in downtown Morin Heights. We expect that rue du Village will be closed off to permit a street wide celebration. The town is currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Transport. The municipality will be erecting a large tent and many different activities are planned for the day. The MHHA will be featuring its own tent with a display of posters of historical interest relating to the development of the ski industry in this area. Make sure to put this date on your calendars.

Guided Tour of The Argnteuil History Museum
We have booked an exclusive visit to the Argenteuil History Museum for all members of the association. Scheduled for Sunday September 14th the plan is to meet at Lummis Park in Morin Heights at 1:00 p.m. and drive in convoy to Carillon. This will be followed by a bilingual guided tour of the museum. Following the museum tour, and if time permits, we will visit a few other historical sites in the St. Andrews/Lachute area:

-Ayers Historical plant in Lachute (circa 1880)
-John Abbott Memorial and Church in St-André
-Carillon Canal
-1834 Mungo Church in Cushing

Members will be given a briefing on the significance of each site. Following, we will return to Morin Heights-by 5:00 p.m. latest.
There will be no charge to members attending this event. Fees to enter the museum will be covered by the association. We will arrange car-pooling for any members wishing to attend who do not have transport. Please register your desire to attend by either signing up at our booth at Family Day or by either sending an email to Pierre Caron at or calling him directly at (514) 755-1262. Please indicate whether you will need to be picked-up or simply need a ride from Lummis Park. Also let us know if you could take a passenger or two in your car. We will co-ordinate the transport arrangements the week before the events and once numbers of attendees have been confirmed.




The Missisquoi Historical Society invites everyone to attend the 32nd Edition of its Annual Apple Pie Festival on the grounds of the Missisquoi Museum at 2 River Street in Stanbridge East, Québec on Sunday, September 21st, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The admission fee of $9 for adults and $3 for children 12 years and under, includes apple pie with ice cream, coffee, tea or apple juice, and a visit to the Museum sites: Cornell Mill and Hodge’s General Store. (The visit of Walbridge Barn in Mystic not included). Live entertainment, horse drawn wagon ride, antique agricultural equipment display, face painting and petting zoo throughout the day as well. Enjoyment for all!

The Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. Join the party! Enjoy a visit to the Museum and a stroll around the historic village of Stanbridge East. Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the Museum grounds or go to the Soup Luncheon beginning at noon in town. The Apple Pie Festival begins at 1:00 at which time you can eat some of the best apple pie served in the Eastern Townships... or anywhere in the world!

The Festival will take place– Rain or Shine, so come for the day. Bring along family, friends and visitors from afar. For additional information, please contact the Museum at 450-248 3153 or visit the website at: www.

The Exhibit “50 Objects for 50 Years.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Missisquoi Museum and the Missisquoi Historical Society will acknowledge this milestone in the exhibit “50 Objects for 50 Years.” Based on the most treasured objects in the collection, the museum will highlight the history behind each artefact and celebrate the accomplishments of our community museum.

WHEN: Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 25th to October 12th, 2014.
WHERE: 2 River Street, Stanbridge East
Contact: Tel: 450 248-3153 Fax: 450 248-0420



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



Public Consultation
Atwater Library and Computer Centre cordially invites you to a public consultation regarding activities to celebrate Quebec's English-language writers, past and present, culminating in the launch of an exhibition at the Library in the Spring of 2015.
The Library's long-term goal is to establish a Montreal Writers Museum.

Time and Place: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Atwater Library auditorium, 1200 Atwater Avenue

Consultation moderator: Guy Rodgers, Executive Director, English-Language Arts Network
Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served.
With support from Community Cultural Action Fund, Canadian Heritage.
For more information: Zile Ozols, Project Coordinator;

Tourism in Montreal Exhibition at Atwater Library
The Atwater Library now features a fascinating exhibition on Tourism in Montreal. Curated by Edward McCann, retired museum curator, it includes pictures, artifacts and rare books portraying different aspects of Montreal tourism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. There are wood cuts of the organization's former building at 360 St. James Street, now 360 St-Jacques West in Old Montreal, that was a tourist attraction for several years after it opened in 1854.

Click here for more information on the organization's remarkable 185-year-long history as a mechanics' institute, now called Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

WHEN: During regular Atwater Library hours until the end of September 2014
WHERE: 1200 Atwater Avenue at Ste-Catherine St. W., Westmount (métro Atwater)



QFHSA is looking for an Editor

The QFHSA NEWS is a quarterly newsletter that has been in continuous publication since 1944 and its primary focus has been on informing our parent members on developments in education, rights, and health in Quebec as well as providing a venue to showcase the activities of our member Home and School associations. The Editor performs a variety of editorial duties, such as laying out, indexing, and revising content of written materials, in preparation for final publication. Knowledge of Home and School and education issues in Quebec would be considered an asset.
For inquiries, please contact Carol Meindl at 514-481-5619 or email at




Fall Lecture Series:P WHA 70th Anniversary (1944-2014)

Thursday, September 18
Beginnings with Alice Lighthall
Speaker: Ruth Allan-Rigby, WHA Member

The Westmount Historical Association is 70 years old this year. The WHA was born out of the Westmount Municipal Association in 1944. Alice Lighthall was the guiding light though the early years and her saving of the Hurtubise family home from demolition in 1955 was an example of her dedication to preserving history and her activism within the community.

Thursday, October 16
Dr. Hélème Saly and the WHA archives Sally Hooff and publishing
Speaker: Doreen Lindsay, WHA president

Dr. Hélène Daly, the French specialist at Westmount High School, produced “Old Westmount”, the first book about the history of Westmount, with her French study students in Expo year 1967 and set up the WHA Archives with donated materials. Following Dr. Saly, the archives have been developed over the years by Philip Dumbowsky, Barbara Covington, and presently Jane Martin.

Sally Hooff, published “In a Green Shade” in 1984. She then co-published “Montreal’s Little Mountain” with Aline Gubbay in 1985. Over many years Sally organized lectures for the WHA and gave direction as president and vice-president.

Thursday, November 20
Aline Gubbay: author of "A View of their Own"
Speaker: Sharon Gubbay, daughter

Aline Gubbay, was president of the WHA from 1995 until 2000. She researched and wrote about Westmount to produce "A View of Their Own: The Story of Westmount" in 1998. Aline photographed Westmount houses for "Montreal's Little Mountain" which she co-authored with Sally Hoof in 1985, and also produced the popular WHA posters depicting windows and doors of Westmount houses.

Speaker: Sharon Gubbay, daughter
Thursday, December 11
70 Year Celebration with members in the Art Gallery

What were you doing in 1944? Where did you live? What school did yo attend?Which church did you attend? What do you remember happened in 1944? Join together to share an Anniversary Cake and refreshments.
Celebrate by bringing your stories and photographs of 70 years ago

Talks will be in the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West-7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Information: 514-989-5510 or 514-932-6688



2014 Lectures
Throughout the year 2014, the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society invites you to discover different aspects of life in North America with our theme The United Empire Loyalists. Our speakers will surprise you with very interesting subjects.
Everyone welcome.
Free for members; $2 for non-members
Become a member for $5 per year
Information: Contact us

Lecture: Two Loyalist Families and their Descendants
Speaker: Gary Aitken

Gary Aitken is the descendant of Loyalist ancestors from the Maritimes and Eastern Ontario and will speak about their origins in Canada and the legacy they left behind. Succeeding generations had a tendency to find themselves at the centre of major historical events: War of 1812, Politics, US Civil War, Confederation, Shipbuilding, RMS Titanic, etc.

Lecture in English, bilingual question period.

WHEN: Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield
Information: 514-695-2502 or

Lecture: A Woman at War – Elsie Reford and WWI
Speaker: Alexander Reford, historian and Director of Les Jardins de Métis

Elsie Reford was in a unique position to contribute to the war effort. Her eldest son was an officer in the British Army, her brother Frank Meighen was the commanding officer of the 14th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (the Royal Montreal Regiment), her husband was the agent for many of the vessels travelling with troops, munitions and supplies to Great Britain, her brother in law Dr. Lewis Reford was one of the doctors that formed the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (Number 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill). She herself spent much of the First War in London volunteering as a translator of books by the German general staff into English for the War Office. Her cousin Arthur Meighen was the minister in the Borden government responsible for the Conscription Bill and one of the most controversial politicians of the period.

Through the wartime letters and speeches by Elsie Reford, her great grandson Alexander Reford will illustrate how Montreal responded to the war and present the debates that divided and united Montrealers during the war years.

Lecture in English, bilingual question period.

WHEN: Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield
Information: 514-695-2502 or

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




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.



Fall 2014 Meetings & Activities

“O’Neil House: the Great Move!”
Talk by Élisabeth Veyrat and Thierry Boyer
Monday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Larrimac Golf Club, 1148 Highway 105, Chelsea QC

O’Neil House, at 577 Highway 105 in Chelsea, was built around the mid-1800s and at one time was an inn and stage stop between Ottawa and Alcove. It was also the site of West Hull’s first municipal council meeting in 1875.
Current owners Élisabeth Veyrat and Thierry Boyer bought O’Neil House in 2008. This past summer, they orchestrated the lifting of the house from its foundation and moving it almost seven metres back from the highway. The house was built long before the current road width standard, and had been precariously close to the highway. As underwater archeologists, Veyrat and Boyer are interested in keeping the memory of the place alive and continuing to gather background
Their talk and slideshow presentation will delve into the history of O’Neil House and their attempts to bring it back to its former appearance. Some of the floors, previously covered with plywood have been restored and the master bedroom is back to its original walls—with evidence of the original bar still there.

A Walk Through History in the Meech Creek Valley
Sunday, September 28th - Fall Rhapsody - Meech Creek Tour
Parking Lot P16, Pine Rd., Chelsea QC - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with carriage and wagon rides along the route
The GVHS has supplied the historic information and photos for panels along this interpretive walk on Cross Loop Road. Watch for further details on our website.
The project is sponsored and supported by the Municipality of Chelsea, the National Capital Commission, The Conférence Régional des Élus de l’Outaouais, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the CLD and the Gatineau Valley Historical Society

A very special evening—a double feature with a talk on the history of
the Gatineau and Ottawa Valley forest industry and a book launch

Monday, October 20, 7:30 PM
Chelsea Library, 100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC

Hurling Down the Pine Book Launch

To celebrate 50 years of publishing, the Society is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth edition of Hurling Down the Pine by John Hughson and Courtney Bond. First published in 1964, the third edition was released in 1987 and has been long out-of-print.

This book recounts the story of the Wright, Gilmour and Hughson families, who were timber manufacturers in the Hull and Ottawa region and on the Gatineau River.
Copies will be available for sale for $25.

8:00 p.m. Dr. Helen Parson - “The Forest Industry of the Ottawa and Gatineau Watersheds in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”.

Dr. Helen Parson has been invited back to expand on the short talk she gave at the Society’s
annual dinner last May. Dr. Parson, formerly with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, will be presenting an overview of the forest industry in the Ottawa and Gatineau valleys from the square timber trade on.

Remembrance Day Ceremony
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
587 Route 105, Chelsea at the graveside of Private Richard Rowland Thompson
the only Canadian to receive the prestigious “Queen’s scarf”.

First World War Stories of the Gatineau Valley
Monday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. (note earlier time)
Wakefield Legion (to be confirmed)
Mark the beginning of the First World War in 1914 with an evening of uncovering and sharing local stories, research, and family memorabilia related to the First World War and the Gatineau Valley.
GVHS volunteers, members and guests are invited to contribute their own family or local stories, vignettes, records, or memorabilia to either display, or in a 5 to 10 minute
If you have an idea, or if you need a little technical help, contact the GVHS at, or Marc Cockburn at 819-459-2004.

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



Canadian Heritage Funding Opportunity:
Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

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• Program
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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.


Appreciation and Rapprochement and Promotion of Bilingual Services in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality Component of the Enhancement of Official Languages program for 2015-2016

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This is to inform you that the deadline for submitting an application for the sub-components Appreciation and Rapprochement and Promotion of Bilingual Services in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality Component of the Enhancement of Official Languages program for 2015-2016, has been identified as September 19, 2014.

Funding in this program is available only to organizations that have an interest in linguistic duality.


Organizations who wish to submit a project application must complete an application form and provide all the required documents. Similar to last year, the 2015-2016 application form is in PDF accessible format and includes features to help simplify the application process (e.g. automatic calculations).

In order to ensure that applications are evaluated consistently, applicants must use the PDF form. Applications that have not used the PDF form will not be accepted. If you have any difficulties completing the form, please contact your program officer at Canadian Heritage’s national headquarters.

It is recommended that applicants read the applicant’s guide carefully to ensure that they fill out the form properly.

Your application form must be printed, signed by the organization’s designated signatory(s) and mailed no later than the following date:

Friday, September 19, 2014

The application must be sent to the following address:

Ms. Kelly Beaton, MPA
Operations and Regional Coordination
Official Languages
Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street, 7th floor, Room 114
Gatineau, Canada K1A 0M5

Funding applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The applicant is responsible for meeting the deadline and to obtain proof of submission (postmark) or a confirmation that it was received by the Department (if submitted in person).

Furthermore, it would be appreciated if you could send an electronic copy of the form to your national headquarters’ program officer.

Key Elements of the Application

Your application should demonstrate your needs and how results/activities:
• are related to an official languages issue (Part B – Situation);
• have the potential for tangible impact (Part B – Desired Outcomes); and
• involve all financial and non-financial partners possible for the project success (Part C - Efforts to Leverage or Diversify Sources of Funding).
NEW – You should be able to explain, in your application, that expenses related to travel, operational and planning activities are appropriate and at the minimum costs to ensure the project’s success in particular (provide the information in a separate document and attach it to your funding application).

Departmental Priorities

As part of the Government’s countdown to Canada’s 150th birthday, a number of nation-building milestones on the road to 2017 have been identified.

If you wish to recognize a person, subject or event that contributes to Canadian history and heritage, and that your project meets our program objectives, please refer the milestones’ list and integrate them to your application:

Direct deposits

Successful applicants will receive the funding through direct deposit. If your organization is not already enrolled, please contact your national headquarters’ program officer to obtain a direct deposit registration form.

For more information please contact Josée Martel at 819-994-5937, or Sarah Melbourn at 819-953-2702.


Cette note a pour but de vous informer que la date de tombée pour déposer une demande de financement pour l’année financière 2015-2016 dans le cadre du programme Mise en valeur des langues officielles, volet Promotion de la dualité linguistique, sous-volet Appréciation et rapprochement et sous-volet Promotion de l’offre de services bilingues, a été fixée au 19 septembre 2014.

Vous trouverez ci-joint le guide et le formulaire de demande. Le financement dans ce programme est disponible uniquement aux organismes qui ont un intérêt pour la dualité linguistique.

Formulaire et guide

Les organismes qui souhaitent présenter une demande de projet doivent remplir un formulaire de demande et fournir l’ensemble des documents requis. Comme l’an passé, le formulaire à utiliser pour les demandes de 2015-2016 est en format PDF accessible, et il 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 le formulaire en format PDF ci-joint. 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 au bureau national de Patrimoine canadien.

Prière de lire le guide du demandeur attentivement afin de remplir le formulaire correctement et de s’assurer que celui-ci soit complet.

Votre demande de financement doit être imprimée, signée par la personne autorisée et envoyée par la poste au plus tard à la date de tombée suivante :

Vendredi le 19 septembre 2014

La demande doit être envoyée à l’adresse suivante:

Madame Kelly Beaton, MPA
Opérations et coordination régionale
Langues officielles
Patrimoine canadien
15, rue Eddy, 7e étage, pièce 114
Gatineau, Canada K1A 0M5

Toute demande envoyée après cette date 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, la réception d’une version électronique du formulaire à votre agent(e) de programmes au bureau national de Patrimoine canadien serait appréciée.

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 langues officielles (Partie B – État de la situation);
• présentent un potentiel d’impact tangible (Partie B- Impacts visés); et
• sollicitent les partenaires financiers et non financiers jugés essentiels au succès de la demande (Partie C – Efforts à générer du financement).

NOUVEAUTÉ - Vous devrez être en mesure d’expliquer, dans votre demande, que les coûts liés aux déplacements, aux coûts opérationnels et aux activités de planification sont raisonnables et représentent les coûts minimums requis pour la réussite du projet notamment (fournir l’information dans un document séparé qui sera annexé à votre demande de financement).

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 :

Dépôts directs

Les organismes dont la demande sera retenue devront adhérer au dépôt direct pour recevoir leur financement. Si votre organisme n’y souscrit pas déjà, veuillez communiquer avec votre agent ou agente de programme au bureau national de Patrimoine canadien pour obtenir un formulaire d’inscription au dépôt direct.

Pour toute question n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Josée Martel au 819-994-5937, ou Sarah Melbourn au 819-953-2702..

Veuillez accepter nos plus sincères salutations.

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

Le bureau régional de Montréal a changé d'adresse à compter du 20 mai 2014 :

Édifice Dominique-Ducharme
105, rue McGill, bureau 200 (2e étage)
Montréal, (Québec) H2Y 2E7

As of May 20, 2014, the Montreal Regional Office has a new address:

Dominique-Ducharme Building
105 McGill Street, Suite 200 (2nd floor)
Montreal, Québec H2Y 2E7


The Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.

The Fund is currently accepting proposals until August 1st, 2014.

Details on the program can be found at

For all questions or more information, write to or call 1 800 622 6232 (TTY: 1 800 926 9105)
The programs team, Service Canada


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 .