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La présentation sera donnée en français, et les questions dans les deux langues seront les bienvenues.

Lundi le 30 septembre 2019 à 19 h 30
La bibliothèque de Chelsea
100 chemin Old Chelsea

Louise Dumoulin

« Les scieries de la Gilmour & Co. à Chelsea de 1841 à 1895 , genèse et retombées » avec la conférencière Louise Dumoulin

Il sera question d’une activité qui a grandement influencé le développement de Chelsea et de ses environs : les scieries de la Gilmour & Co. C’est en 1841 que tout commence par la construction aux chutes Chelsea d’une scierie par les frères Nathaniel et Julius Blasdell, financée par la Gilmour & Co. de Montréal. Plus tard, les Blasdell vendent leur scierie et leurs droits de coupe à la Gilmour qui y aménagera de nouvelles installations qu’elle gérera pendant près de 50 ans. C’est toute cette odyssée que la conférencière se propose de vous raconter en illustrant son propos de moult images.

La conférencière , Louise Dumoulin de Gatineau, est l’auteure de deux recueils de nouvelles, La Chèvre noire et autres chèvreries (2013) and Les Improbables (2015), d’un recueil de poésie, Les Miscellanées (2014), et, plus récemment, d’un roman historique qui se déroule dans la région de l’Outaouais, Moi, Allan Gilmour, baron du bois (2019). Passionnée de l’histoire du Canada, elle a choisi un personnage de l’Outaouais pour illustrer une partie de cette période capitale du 19e siècle pour la région, l’exploitation des grandes forêts de pin.

Note: The following talk will be presented in French, but questions in either language are welcomed.

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Chelsea Library
100 Old Chelsea Road

“The Gilmour & Co. Mills at Chelsea from 1841 to 1895: Genesis and Fallout” with speaker Louise Dumoulin

This talk will focus on an activity that greatly influenced the development of Chelsea and its surroundings: the Gilmour & Co. Mills. It started in 1841 when brothers Nathaniel and Julius Blasdell built a mill at Chelsea Falls, financed by Gilmour & Co. from Montreal. The Blasdells later sold their mill and logging rights to the Gilmour, who built a new facility that operated for nearly 50 years. The speaker will walk you through this entire odyssey, illustrating it with a series of pictures.

Speaker Louise Dumoulin of Gatineau has published two collections of short stories, La Chèvre noire et autres chèvreries (2013) and Les Improbables (2015), a book of poetry, Les Miscellanées (2014), and more recently a historical novel set in the Outaouais region, Moi, Allan Gilmour, baron du bois (2019). Passionate about Canadian history, she chose a real-life character of the Outaouais to illustrate a critical period in the 19th century when the great pine forests were harvested.


Monday October 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Gwen Shea Hall, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
38 chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield
Wakefield

Janet Irwin

“Staging Our Stories” with Speaker Janet Irwin
Ottawa-based playwright and director Janet Irwin joins us to talk about one of her specific interests—how local stories told onstage help shape who we are and how we think about our communities and our histories. She will give particular reference to her adaptation and staging of two of award-winning author Brian Doyle’s stories that pertain to the Gatineau Valley—Up to Low and Mary Ann Alice. Don’t miss what will be an unforgettable evening.


Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:30
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
587 Route 105, Chelsea, Quebec

Remembrance Day

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.


Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Franklin Expedition – recent discoveries

Cantley Community Centre
6, Impasse des Étoiles, Cantley

Thierry Boyer

The Underwater Archaeology of the Franklin Shipwrecks with Speaker Thierry Boyer
Plan for this evening of underwater discovery with Thierry Boyer, one of the Parks Canada team of underwater archeologists who has been exploring and documenting the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in the northern waters of the Arctic.
Mr. Boyer will present the team’s latest exciting findings from its recent excavations.

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Cantley 1889 is organizing this evening as part of the GVHS monthly lecture series. Everyone welcome!
This presentation will be in French with some English and English slides. Questions will be taken in either language.

Le lundi 18 novembre, 19 h 30
Expédition de Franklin – découvertes récentes

au Centre communautaire de Cantley
6, Impasse des Étoiles, Cantley

Archéologie sous-marine des épaves de l’Expédition de Franklin, avec le conférencier Thierry Boyer
Inscrivez à votre calendrier cette soirée de découvertes sous-marines en compagnie de Thierry Boyer, archéologue sous-marin de Parcs Canada, qui travaille actuellement à l’exploration et à la documentation des épaves du HMS Terror et du HMS Erebus de l’Expédition de Franklin, dans les eaux nordiques de l’Arctique.
M. Boyer présentera les dernières découvertes passionnantes qu’il a effectuées lors de ses plus récentes excavations.

Cantley 1889 organise cet événement dans le cadre de la série de conférences mensuelles de la Société historique de la vallée de la Gatineau. Bienvenue à tous!
La présentation sera donnée en français, avec quelques passages et diapos en anglais. Les questions dans les deux langues seront les bienvenues.

Other Events of Interest

Genealogy: Quebec Notarial Records: An Underused Resource

Saturday September 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115.
Speakers: Gloria Tubman and Brian Glenn.

The talk will discuss what the notarial records are, some examples of different records one can find - land sales, will, inventories (estate), donations, bankruptcy; how one can use the records in genealogical and family history research and how to access these records using BANQ.
All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge. Please check the Branch website ogsottawa.on.ca for last minute changes.


Culture Days in Low

Culture Days in Low

The Low Cultural Association will be collecting and recording genealogy records of people from the municipality and will scan pictures from Low's past which will be added to their photo bank.

There will be historical slide and film displays running all day and Society member Don Kealey will present pictures of the Gatineau Clog from 1983 to 1988.

GVHS President Marc Cockburn and Don Kealey will also put on a multi-media presentation showing and describing scenes and life on the Gatineau River before the Paugan Dam was built in 1926-28.

For more information - culturelow@gmail.com


West Quebec Heritage Fair
September 29, 2019 10 am-4 pm
Faitbairn House Heritage Center
45 Wakefield Heights Rd., Wakefield

West Quebec Heritage Fair

This year people from across the Outaouais are gathering for a day of discovery and exchange.

Please join the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) to celebrate the remarkable history and heritage of western Quebec, and meet the folks from our neighbouring communities who are working to preserve and share it. Local historical societies, museums, archives and other heritage groups from West Heritage Fair will be in attendance to showcase their services and resources.

Visit GVHS at our publication table ~
Fairbairn House Heritage Centre, Wakefield QC


Cantley 1889's Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 1:30 pm

Cantley Community Centre
6, Impasse des Étoiles, Cantley QC

2:00 - 4:00 ~ Le Musée "Pop Up"
of artefacts - tools and treasures once used on Cantley farms, in mines or logging.

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New to the GVHS

Text Bank Enhanced
Now contains over 6000 clippings with new search and display features

Newest Up the Gatineau!
Volume 45 released in May 2019

Arthur Davison Prize
2019 winner is Danielle Siemens

Society Award Winners
Award winners for 2019 announced

Past Events

Women’s Organizations in the Hills

George Betts

with Speaker George Betts at the Wakefield Library on September 16, 2019.

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