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

Society Archives Closes for the Summer
Please be advised that the GVHS archives office at 100 Old Chelsea Road is closed for the summer, effective Thursday June 11. We will reopen on Monday September 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm.

In memory of Mary Angeline Scott.

Coming Events

See current GVHS Newsletter for additional news.

52nd Annual Live Auction, Silent Auction and Bake Sale

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hendrick Farm, Old Chelsea, Chelsea Quebec

With auctioneer Revel Stewart.
For donations to the auction, please see wanted items.

Monday, September 21, 2015
Wakefield Centre

Guest speaker, Ray Verdon, author of Not Exactly a War Hero
(more details coming soon)

La site de patrimoine mondial de UNESCO de la station de baleiniers basques de Red Bay

Robert Grenier

Lundi 28 septembre 2015 à 19:30
Bibliothèque de Chelsea,
100 chemin Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea, QC

Guest speaker, Robert Grenier, underwater archeologist, on the Red Bay Whaling Station.
* Note that this talk will be in French.
(more details coming soon)

The History of St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Church

Monday October 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM
St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church
212 chemin Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea, QC

Guest speaker, Larry Dufour, longtime Chelsea resident, on the history of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Old Chelsea.
(more details coming soon)

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

O’Neill House

Lundi 26 octobre 2015 à 19:30
Bibliothèque de Chelsea,
100 chemin Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea, QC

par Thierry Boyer et Élisabeth Veyrat.
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 Ottawa 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 cœur 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 présentation sera un joyeux résumé en images des travaux réalisés, des découvertes et des prochains projets !

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
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

Pontiac Archives 2015 Open House

July 7, 8 & 9, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00 pm
358 Main Street, Shawville

Bienvenue / Everyone welcome.
An amazing collection of local information, current and historical including records on:
- early families and family trees, births, marriages and deaths
- towns, businesses, churches and social events
- various sports leagues through the years
- local participation in key military engagements - and much more.
Don't have a family tree? Let our volunteers help you start one.

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@gvhs.ca 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.