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Historic Gatineau River GVHS Fund-raiser Cruise on the Chrisalis II paddle wheeler

Chrysalis II

Saturday, June 23rd – 5pm to 7 pm
(rain date - June 24th)
$100 per person with a $75 tax receipt
GVHS members only, limited to 48 people!
Complimentary light Refreshments with wine & beer will be served.
Commentary on the Gatineau River historic sites will be provided as we cruise down the river to the Chelsea Dam and back to Burnett.

To sign up call Shirley Brown at 819 827-1999 or send an email to browncrest@sympatico.ca.
Parking & boarding information will be supplied at a later date to all attendees.
Please note: you do need to be fairly mobile as access to the top deck is via steep stairs.

The Halifax Explosion: The Untold Story of Canada's Worst Disaster

Halifax Explosion

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Chelsea Library, 100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC.

Just over one hundred years ago, on December 6, 1917, a French munitions ship and a Norwegian war relief vessel collided in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The accident sparked a fire and an apocalyptic explosion which levelled half the city, killed 2,000 people, and injured 9,000 more.

Ken Cuthbertson recounts the untold story of Canada’s worst disaster. It's a haunting tale that in many ways is uniquely Canadian. It's also a cautionary tale that all Canadians should know.

Kingston-based author-editor Ken Cuthbertson has more than 35 years’ experience writing for newspapers and magazines in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K and is the former editor for the Queen’s Alumni Review magazine. His latest publication is The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Greatest Disaster.

The Irish and Gaelic Language in Canada and the Ottawa Valley Speaker with Danny Doyle

Danny Doyle

Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38 ch de la Vallée de Wakefield QC.

Mr. Doyle explores the Irish language in Canada and the fate of Irish Gaelic immigrants to this country. Bringing together census data and historic accounts, he shows the prevalence of the language-- once spoken from Newfoundland through to the Yukon -- and discusses the reasons for the language's abandonment and near-total exclusion from the Canadian folk memory, unlike other immigrant languages. Danny Doyle (Dónall Ó Dubhghaill) holds a Masters Degree in Arts Conservation and works as an archaeological conservator for the Government of Canada. He has lectured on the Irish language in Canada numerous times, as well as through the Irish Language Department at Ulster University. He is also a published Gaelic poet and winner of the 2016 Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada Award for Poetry.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Chelsea Cenotaph

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 10:30am
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
587 Route 105, Chelsea Quebec.

At the graveside of Private Richard Rowland Thompson, the only Canadian to receive the prestigious "Queen's scarf" for heroism in the Boer War. Everyone welcome.

"Updates on the Franklin Expedition Wreck Discoveries"
Speaker - Thierry Boyer Underwater Archaeologist with Parks Canada

Thierry Boyer

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:30 pm
Larrimac Golf Club 1148 Hwy 105, Chelsea QC.

Join us for an evening of underwater discovery with Chelsea’s Thierry Boyer, one of the Parks Canada team of underwater archeologists who have been exploring the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in the northern waters of the Arctic. Mr. Boyer was our speaker in March 2016, and he returns with exciting updates on the discoveries since then.

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Up the Gatineau! 44th edition is now available

If you have not yet received or picked up your copy, we are asking National Capital members to contact us to make arrangements for pick up, or possible delivery, of your complimentary member copy at publications@gvhs.ca or Louise at 613-762-1429.

New to the GVHS

Volume 44
Newest Up the Gatineau! released in May 2018.

Jon Dellandrea
wins the Arthur Davison Prize.

Society awards
winners for 2018 announced.

Past Events

2018 GVHS Annual Awards Banquet

Photos from May 28th GVHS Annual banquet and launch of this year's Up the Gatineau! Volume 44.
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Other past events.