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The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the June 08, 2012 issue. Reprinted with permission.

Gatineau Valley Historical Society honoured

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Louise Schwartz and David Yuill (left) accepted the 2012 Richard Evans Award on the behalf of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society from Sandra Stock and Richard Evans of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN). The awards ceremony took place at QAHN's recent annual General meeting at Champlain Regional College in St. Lambert, Quebec. Photo: Renee Arshinoff.

The Richard Evans Award is presented each year by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) to a group of volunteers who, collectively, have contributed to preserving or promoting their community history, including some aspect of Quebec's Anglophone heritage. This year, QAHN presented the 2012 Richard Evans Award to the Gatineau Valley Historical Society (GVHS).

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the GVHS, whose mission is to promote the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley. The founders of this organization have been involved in many dynamic projects over the years, including playing a leading role in the Fairbairn house museum project.

The GVHS has organized local historical walking tours; an annual "Heritage Paddle" down the Gatineau River culminating in a lumberman's supper and historical display; a cummunity Remembrance Day ceremony; and an annual antique auction. In Cantley, La Pêche, Chelsea, and Wakefield, the GVHS has assisted with descriptions of historic houses and the installatian of plaques. The GVHS has been active in the ownership and maintenance of the Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery. Members of the historical society founded the Old Chelsea Protestant Burial Ground Committee which works with the municipality to support that 200-year-old site.

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