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Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:30 pm
Library, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
38 chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield

George Betts

“Women’s Organizations in the Hills” with Speaker George Betts
Local historian George Betts notes that women’s organizations have played a significant role in the development of the Gatineau Hills, from the beginning of Prohibition in the late 19th century until the present day. He will present his research on several local women’s groups in Wakefield, Rupert and Alcove, including an examination of the work of these organizations within their communities, as well as an exploration of their roles in the context of the growing power of women in national and international affairs. He draws on his original research to illustrate the character of women in our area, with special attention to the unique character of the women’s organizations in Rupert.

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 Blasdells 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 Outaouias to illustrate a critical period in the 19th century when the great pine forests were harvested.

Monday October 28, 2019
Gwen Shea Hall, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
38 chemin de la Vallée de 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 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

Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour
Sunday, August 25, 2019 – 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Officially founded in 1820, the St. James Anglican Cemetery is the oldest settler’s cemetery in the national capital region. Designated a heritage site by the City of Gatineau in 2012, it is the resting place of some of the region’s most important personalities. People like Philemon Wright, founder of the first permanent settlement in the Ottawa Valley, and his wife Abigail Wyman Wright, the first businesswoman in the area; John Scott, the first mayor of Bytown; Robert Bell, the founder of the Ottawa Citizen; Nicholas Sparks, rich property owner in Ottawa’s Centretown, and many others. Impressive funerary monuments such as the memorial of E.B. Eddy, one of Canada's largest industrialists, reveal the wealth of many of the pioneering Anglophone families of the 19th century.

GUIDE: Rick Henderson is author of Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright who recently discovered the remains of Wright’s Tavern in Hull. He is a 4th great-grandson of Philemon Wright, a 3rd great step-grandson of Nicholas Sparks and 2nd great-grandson of Andrew Leamy.
This tour will be conducted in English with French translation available at all times.
Heritage Ottawa Members: $5  /  Non-Heritage Ottawa Members: $10  ( Payable by cash at start of the tour )

MEET: Main Entrance of the St. James Cemetery
On the crest of Alexander Taché Blvd., east of the Université du Québec en Outaouais
Gatineau, Quebec
Rain or shine. No reservations required.

Presentation sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Saturday September 14 1:00 - 3:00 pm Room 115.
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive.
Speakers: Gloria Tubman and Brian Glenn.
Topic: Quebec Notarial Records - An Underused Resource.
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.

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

2:00 - 4:00 – Cantley Community Centre
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