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Founded in 1962, the Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in Quebec. Browse this site for news on our upcoming events and publications. Access our content-rich resources including newspaper and other articles on local history, historic photos, maps and oral history.
GVHS Upcoming Events
See current GVHS Newsletter Number 2013 - 02, May-August 2013
GVHS Annual Dinner at the Wakefield Mill
Monday, May 27, 2013
Moulin Wakefield Mill, 60 Chemin Mill Road Wakefield, Quebec, J0X 3G0
$35.00 per person (includes taxes), Bar open 5:00 p.m. - Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Awards, Up the Gatineau! Launch.
A presentation by Mill co-owner Lynne Berthiaume on the preservation of the mill on the occasion of its 175th anniversary.
Please contact Shirley Brown by May 23rd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 819-827-1999 to reserve your place or reserve on-line - Click here.
Note: Since we must pre-pay for the number of diners, please let Shirley know by May 23 if you have reserved & can not attend.
Re-visiting Rupert Village circa 1900
Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 1:30 - 3:30
At the end of the 19th century Rupert was a thriving community with two churches, a school, stores, cheese factories, a sawmill, and a blacksmith shop, all surrounded by numerous family farms.
Take a tour of this hamlet to discover the heritage buildings which remain from that era, and learn where other significant landmarks were located.
Barbara Rielly will lead a tour of the Rielly Cemetery, which dates to circa 1853. Barbara and a volunteer team have worked hard to tell the story of this hill top cemetery, which for years was largely forgotten even though it is the final resting place for approximately 100 pioneers.
More details to follow.
50th Annual Live Auction, Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Flea Market
Saturday August 17, 9 am - 1 pm
165 Old Chelsea Road, Old Chelsea QC
With Auctioneer Revel Stewart
We need your antiques and collectables. Bring your items to Hendrick Farm on Friday August 16th 2:00 - 8:00 pm. Viewing: Friday, August 16th 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday August 17th 8:00-9:00 am.
Contact RJ Hughes for more information - 819-827-3766 email@example.com or Marc Cockburn - 819-459-2004 firstname.lastname@example.org
See poster for more information.
New Publication of interest to GVHS members
Historic Churches of the Ottawa Valley by Alan H. Bentley - $25 - see press release.
The recently-published Historic Churches of the Ottawa Valley is Alan H. Bentley's illustrated account of many of the historic brick, stone, and wooden churches found in Ottawa and its surrounding communities. It's an interesting snapshot of the early beginnings of these churches.
The book can be purchased locally at the Earle Pub in Wakefield or can be ordered from Alan H Bentley at 51 Midland Crescent Ottawa ON K2H 8N2. He can be reached by email at email@example.com. It's also available from the publisher, General Store Publishing House at www.gsph.com.
What Lies Beneath: Cantley before the great flood
The Babbling River: The Gatineau Valley in Verse and Song with Phil Jenkins
On March 18, author and songwriter Phil Jenkins entertained GVHS members and friends in a special evening of poetry readings and songs, which he titled "The Babbling River: The Gatineau Valley in Verse and Song."
Talk on the Early Days of Skiing in Gatineau Park with Charles HodgsonA keen crowd of about 75 members and friends packed the lower level of the Chelsea Library on February 18 2013 to hear guest speaker Charles Hodgson talk about early skiing in Gatineau Park. Charles' talk was complemented with a slideshow of historic skiing photos, early trail maps, and excerpts from early Ottawa Ski Club newsletters. There was a lively discussion with the audience, many of whom were skiing enthusiasts, including one former Trail Rider and another long time skier who recalled working as a youth in the 1940s at one of the many Park lodges. The talk was preceded by the Annual General Meeting and an Archives Open House.
November Talk on the War of 1812
Remembrance Day Ceremony 2012
For the second year, Vintage Wings of Canada arranged a flypast, with three vintage aircraft swooping along the Gatineau Valley, over villages and towns including Danford Lake, Kazabazua, Low, Venosta, Wakefield and Chelsea. Their story called "Up the Valley of Remembrance on Yellow Wings" can be read on their website under "Vintage News".
Talk on Filmmaker and Artist Bill Mason (1929-1988)
Almost 100 GVHS members and friends packed the Chelsea Library on October 15 to hear Ken Buck's talk on his long-time friend, the award-winning filmmaker and artist Bill Mason. Ken, who first met Bill when he moved to Meech Lake Road in the late 1960s with his wife Sue, gave the audience a personal perspective of Bill as a friend and neighbour. He highlighted Bill's energy, enthusiasm, sense of humour and spirituality, through anecdotes and a slide show. The slides included family photos, as well as some of Bill's many hand-drawn cartoon-style greeting cards. See more photos on our flickr account.
See event archive for additional past events.