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Coming Events

Spring 2022

Local historian Rick Henderson will be our first speaker for the 2021-22 season. Rick will speak about his recently published book, Capital Chronicles on Monday March 21st

Spring 2022

We are pleased to announce Dr. Gilbert Whiteduck as our second speaker on Monday April 25th. Gilbert Whiteduck was chief of the band council of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation from 2008-2015, and is currently a director on the GVHS board. He will talk broadly about the Algonquin Anishinaabe in the Gatineau. A not-to-be missed talk!

Other Events of Interest

Cantley 1889 Annual General Meeting 2021

Saturday, October 23rd, 2:00 pm via Zoom.
Author and storyteller, Rick Henderson will entertain us with "The History You Were Never Told in School".
See poster for more information.

Release of the new Up the Gatineau!

We’re pleased to announce the release of the newest volume of Up the Gatineau!, a local history journal which the Society has been publishing every year since 1975. 

Volume 47 for 2021 features a dozen stories, penned by new and returning contributors including:

  • Valérie Crevier
  • Frances Curry
  • Brian Doyle
  • J. William Galbraith
  • RJ Hughes
  • Margaret Phillips
  • Geoffrey Rider
  • Louise Schwartz
  • Jacques Tardivel
  • John E. Trent
  • Susan Trudeau
  • The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

All GVHS members receive a complimentary copy as part of their membership benefits. We encourage the purchase of memberships to help support the Society’s work. Volume 47, Up the Gatineau! will be available in June at a number of local Gatineau Valley retail outlets.

The price of the new volume is $15; this is our first price increase since 2013. Please note that the price of all earlier volumes will remain at their current levels (ranging from $8 to $10). The price for a complete set of volumes 1 to 47 remains $160, the same price as it was in 2020, when it had one less volume. See Order Volumes to purchase copies or contact publications@gvhs.ca for more information. If you order directly from the Society there is no added sales tax.

Winner of the Arthur Davison Prize

Mary Lou article


Congratulations to Wakefield poet and storyteller Mary Lou Van Schaik, the winner of the 2021 Arthur Davison Prize for her outstanding article in Volume 46 of Up the Gatineau!

Mary Lou's article "You can't say no to Norma" profiles the remarkable life of a beloved Wakefield community activist and local historian, nonagenarian Norma Geggie. Mary Lou carried out considerable research, primarily through wide-ranging conversations with her subject, and interviews with multiple sources in the community. Through her eloquent voice and fluid writing style, she has presented readers with thoughtful insights into a unique Gatineau Valley personage.

In the absence again this year of the Annual GVHS Dinner and Awards, the award was presented to Mary Lou today at the historic Les Trois Erables, the onetime Geggie family residence and “Doctors’ house”.


Cascades Club 1920-2020
Cascades Club 1920-2020 is a new publication published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cascadess Club. See Publications for more information.

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Past Events

The 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month -- video beginning with The Last Post, this morning November 11th 2020. Many thanks to Andrew Baker, Bugler and Andrew Moore on Bagpipes.

Other past events.