Preserving and promoting awareness in the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley since 1962

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"A Promised Land" with speaker J. William Galbraith

John Buchan

Monday, March 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Main Level of the Chelsea Library
100 Old Chelsea Rd., Chelsea

John Buchan, Scottish-born renowned author of spy thrillers such as The 39 Steps, became Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada in 1935.
Mackenzie King met Buchan in England and in 1924 King welcomed the Buchans to Kingsmere and took them to a Gatineau Park lookout spot. The future Lord Tweedsmuir later said the hills were a beautiful “promised land.”
Bill Galbraith, author of "John Buckan, Model Govenor General" will introduce the model GG who endeared himself to Ottawans and Canadians generally and contributed so much to this country at so many levels. Buchan was an incurable fisherman, who was fortunate to have the Gatineau hills so close, where he could indulge his love of the outdoors.

Photo: Tweedsmuir, King and Roosevelt (and Roosevelt’s son James) in Quebec City July 1936. Credit Karsh, Library and Archives Canada.

"The Halifax Explosion: The Untold Story of Canada's Worst Disaster" with speaker Ken Cuthbertson

Ken Cuthbertson

Monday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Library, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
38 Chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield, Wakefield

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.
Join us as speaker 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.

Annual Dinner & Awards Evening

Monday, May 28, 2018
Camp Fortune, Chelsea QC
Details to follow.

Paddle-wheeler fund-raiser

June 23, 2018
Cocktail cruise on the Gatineau River
Details to follow.

Past Events

2018 AGM & Arvhives Open House

The GVHS 2018 Annual General Meeting and Arvhives open house was held at the Chelsea Library on Monday February 19, 2018. See more info and images.

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