The Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in west Quebec.

Pat Evans Archives
Chelsea Library, downstairs, will be open from September 14 till December 16, 2015 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, or by appointment - 819-827-6224 - email info@gvhs.ca.

In memory of Mary Angeline Scott.

Coming Events

See current GVHS Newsletter for additional news.

“Not Exactly a War Hero: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Mondou”

Ray Verdon
Monday, September 21 at 7:30
Refreshments at 7:30pm, talk at 8:00pm
Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38 Valley Drive, Wakefield, QC

Ray Verdon’s novel Not Exactly a War Hero: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Mondou, is a work of adult fiction about “zombies,” Canadians conscripted during World War II for home defence. Many of these young men were branded for not serving overseas and were hunted down by police, military and bounty hunters. Verdon’s engaging tale of love and intrigue centres on Alfred Mondou, a zombie on the run who was chased by Verdon’s great uncle. Set partly in the Gatineau Hills of the 1940s, the story combines history, memoir and fiction, and is garnering rave reviews from readers.
Ray Verdon, former CEO of Nabisco Canada and president of Nabisco Biscuit (U.S.), serves on various boards of directors and is a respected public speaker. He lives in Oakville, Ontario, and has summered in the Gatineau Hills his entire life.

Le retour du San Juan à Red Bay, nouveau site du Patrimoine mondial

Robert Grenier
Lundi 28 septembre 2015 à 19h:30
Bibliothèque de Chelsea, 100 chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea QC
Le navire basque San Juan fut découvert en 1978 par Robert Grenier et son équipe de Parcs Canada, dans le port baleinier de Red Bay au Labrador. Épave la plus ancienne découverte au nord du Texas, le San Juan, fut sélectonné par l’UNESCO en 2000 pour son logo officiel par la quantité et la qualité de ses vestiges et par l’excellence du travail de l’équipe d’archéologie subaquatique de Parcs Canada.
Cette consécration allait s’amplifier pour permettre au San Juan de devenir le navire patrimonial le plus décoré de l’histoire. Une réplique fidèle aux plans archéologiques est actuellement en construction à Pasaia en Espagne, à l’occasion de la nomination de San Sebastian comme capitale culturelle de l’Europe pour 2016. Le San Juan, raison principale de cette nomination par Bruxelles, est un symbole du développement du commerce maritime entre le Nouveau Monde et l’Europe du seizième siècle. Voir l'affiche.

The History of St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church

St. Stephen Church

*Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (note the Tuesday date)
St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church
212 chemin Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea, QC

St. Stephen’s is a bilingual Roman Catholic parish dating back to the 1840s; the church was designed in the Baroque Revival Style and is representative of a typical rural church of Quebec.
Join us for a special presentation in this landmark church, given by a long time parishioner and Chelsea resident, Larry Dufour, and learn about its lovely features including the frescoes, lithographs, stained-glass windows and steeple.

La maison O'Neil, le « Grand déménagement » !

O’Neill House
Lundi 26 octobre 2015 à 19h:30
Bibliothèque de Chelsea, 100 chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea QC
Bâtie au milieu du XIXe siècle le long de la route 105, à Chelsea, la maison O'Neil a été longtemps une auberge et un relais important entre OPawa et Alcove. C'est là que la première réunion du conseil municipal de Hull Ouest a été tenue en 1875.
Rachetée en 2008 par deux archéologues sous-­marins, Thierry Boyer et Élisabeth Veyrat, la maison du 577 route 105 a connu, à l'été 2014, un « Grand déménagement » puisqu'elle a été déplacée de près de 8 mètres pour être éloignée de la route.
Tout au long de leurs travaux de rénovation, les nouveaux propriétaires ont eu à coeur de découvrir, de rassembler et de conserver les éléments de mémoire de la maison O'Neil afin de la ramener à sa prestance initiale. La présenta)on sera un joyeux résumé en images des travaux réalisés, des découvertes et des prochains projets ! Voir l'affiche.

Juno Beach Centre: A Place of Discovery

Monday November 9
Refreshments at 7:30, talk at 8 pm
Chelsea Library, 100 chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea QC.

Learn about the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France - a place of commemoration, education and discovery - in this special Remembrance Week presentation by Chelsea resident Meriel Bradford.
Meriel is a newly-appointed director with the Centre and the daughter of WW2 veteran and former Kingsmere cottager and Chelsea resident, the late Brigadier General G. E. (Ted) Beament. She’ll introduce us to the Centre and reveal how she uncovered details about her father's key role in planning the D Day landings of the Canadians on Juno Beach in June 1944, and their subsequent campaign in N.W. Europe.
For more information visit - www.junobeach.org.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 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.

Other Notices

Antiques Road Show in the Hills

Saturday September 26 at St Mary Magdalene Church in Chelsea. See poster for more information.

New Local Publication: The Chief's Footsteps by R. Blanchard

The Chief's Footsteps
GVHS member, Up the Gatineau! contributor and former journalist Rick Blanchard recently published his first book, The Chief's Footsteps. His biographical profile of Roy Peck brings together the local history of Danford Lake and elements of sports, hunting and fishing ethics, natural history and ecology. At a price of $30, this 375 page book is available at the T&L Depanneur in Danford and Irwin's in Kazabazua, or by personal delivery anywhere in the Gatineau area. Contact the author at richardblanchard17@gmail.com or 613 795-4746.

See event archive for past events.

New to the GVHS

Up the Gatineau!
Volume 41

Released in May 2015, this volume contains 10 articles focussing on the Cantley area of the Gatineau Valley. Available to order or pick up at several local retailers.

Up the Gatineau!
Updated index for all 41 volumes - online or to order.

GVHS Awards
See list of awards presented at Annual Dinner.

Helen Parson
wins the Arthur Davison Prize for best article in Volume 40, Up the Gatineau!.

Volunteer Award
Carol Martin was presented the Chelsea 2014 Volunteer Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Membership payments
can now be made with PayPal.

Hurling Down the Pine
Publication of the 4th edition of this popular book now available with an online index and map.

A Walk Through History in the Meech Creek Valley
Historic information and photos for panels along this interpretive walk on Cross Loop Road.