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The Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in west Quebec.

Society Archives Closed for the Summer
Please be advised that the GVHS archives office at 100 Old Chelsea Road is closed for the summer, effective Thursday June 11. We will reopen on Monday September 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm.

In memory of Mary Angeline Scott.

Coming Events

See current GVHS Newsletter for additional news.

52nd Annual Auction, Silent Auction and Bake Sale

Auction
Saturday, August 22 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ferme Hendrick Farm, Old Chelsea, Chelsea, QC

With auctioneer Revel Stewart.
BBQ in support of the Cascades Club
Rain or Shine - Bring a chair - Cash or cheque only.
View some of the items available at the auction.
* We need your antiques and collectables!
Look around your home and cottage: help us keep our auction fun, interesting and filled with vintage items that people want to purchase!
See further details on what we are looking for or contact auction@gvhs.ca.
Bring your items* to Hendrick Farm on Friday August 21 - 12:00 - 7:00 pm for registration.
Viewing: Friday, August 21 - 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday August 22 - 8:00-9:00 am.

* Live auction donors can receive a tax receipt for 100% of the cash sale or a cheque for 50% of the selling price.
See auction poster.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Ray Verdon
Wakefield Centre, Wakefield, QC
RAY VERDON’s Not Exactly a War Hero: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Mondou, is a work of adult fiction about “zombies,” Canadians conscripted during World War II for home defence. Many of these young men were branded for not serving overseas and were hunted down by police, military and bounty hunters. Verdon’s engaging tale of love and intrigue centres on Alfred Mondou, a zombie on the run who was chased by Verdon’s great uncle. Set partly in the Gatineau Hills of the 1940s, the story combines history, memoir and fiction, and is garnering rave reviews from readers.
Verdon, former CEO of Nabisco Canada and president of Nabisco Biscuit (U.S.), serves on various boards of directors and is a respected public speaker. He lives in Oakville, Ontario, and has summered in the Gatineau Hills his entire life.


Le retour du San Juan à Red Bay, nouveau site du Patrimoine mondial

Robert Grenier

par Robert Grenier
Bibliothèque de Chelsea, 100 chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea QC
lundi 28 septembre 2015 à 19h:30
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Le navire basque San Juan fut découvert en 1978 par l’auteur et son équipe de Parcs Canada, dans le port baleinier de Red Bay au Labrador. Épave la plus ancienne découverte au nord du Texas, le San Juan, fut sélectonné par l’UNESCO en 2000 pour son logo officiel par la quantité et la qualité de ses vestiges et par l’excellence du travail de l’équipe d’archéologie subaquatique de Parcs Canada.
Cette consécration allait s’amplifier pour permettre au San Juan de devenir le navire patrimonial le plus décoré de l’histoire. Une réplique fidèle aux plans archéologiques est actuellement en construction à Pasaia en Espagne, à l’occasion de la nomination de San Sebastian comme capitale culturelle de l’Europe pour 2016. Le San Juan, raison principale de cette nomination par Bruxelles, est un symbole du développement du commerce maritime entre le Nouveau Monde et l’Europe du seizième siècle. Voir l'affiche.


The History of St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Church

Monday October 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM
St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church
212 chemin Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea, QC

Guest speaker, Larry Dufour, longtime Chelsea resident, on the history of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Old Chelsea.
(more details coming soon)


La maison O'Neil, le « Grand déménagement » !

O’Neill House

par Thierry Boyer et Élisabeth Veyrat
Bibliothèque de Chelsea, 100 chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea QC
lundi 26 octobre 2015 à 19h:30
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Bâtie au milieu du XIXe siècle le long de la route 105, à Chelsea, la maison O'Neil a été longtemps une auberge et un relais important entre OPawa et Alcove. C'est là que la première réunion du conseil municipal de Hull Ouest a été tenue en 1875.
Rachetée en 2008 par deux archéologues sous-­marins, Thierry Boyer et Élisabeth Veyrat, la maison du 577 route 105 a connu, à l'été 2014, un « Grand déménagement » puisqu'elle a été déplacée de près de 8 mètres pour être éloignée de la route.
Tout au long de leurs travaux de rénovation, les nouveaux propriétaires ont eu à coeur de découvrir, de rassembler et de conserver les éléments de mémoire de la maison O'Neil afin de la ramener à sa prestance initiale. La présenta)on sera un joyeux résumé en images des travaux réalisés, des découvertes et des prochains projets ! Voir l'affiche.


Remembrance Day Ceremony

Poppy
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
Route 105, Chelsea Quebec

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.


Other Notices

Pontiac Archives 2015 Open House

July 7, 8 & 9, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00 pm
358 Main Street, Shawville

Bienvenue / Everyone welcome.
An amazing collection of local information, current and historical including records on:
- early families and family trees, births, marriages and deaths
- towns, businesses, churches and social events
- various sports leagues through the years
- local participation in key military engagements - and much more.
Don't have a family tree? Let our volunteers help you start one.

New Local Publication: The Chief's Footsteps by R. Blanchard

The Chief's Footsteps
GVHS member, Up the Gatineau! contributor and former journalist Rick Blanchard recently published his first book, The Chief's Footsteps. His biographical profile of Roy Peck brings together the local history of Danford Lake and elements of sports, hunting and fishing ethics, natural history and ecology. At a price of $30, this 375 page book is available at the T&L Depanneur in Danford and Irwin's in Kazabazua, or by personal delivery anywhere in the Gatineau area. Contact the author at richardblanchard17@gmail.com@gvhs.ca or 613 795-4746.


See event archive for past events.

New to the GVHS

Up the Gatineau!
Volume 41

Released in May 2015, this volume contains 10 articles focussing on the Cantley area of the Gatineau Valley. Available to order or pick up at several local retailers.

Up the Gatineau!
Updated index for all 41 volumes - online or to order.

GVHS Awards
See list of awards presented at Annual Dinner.

Helen Parson
wins the Arthur Davison Prize for best article in Volume 40, Up the Gatineau!.

Volunteer Award
Carol Martin was presented the Chelsea 2014 Volunteer Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Membership payments
can now be made with PayPal.

Hurling Down the Pine
Publication of the 4th edition of this popular book now available with an online index and map.

A Walk Through History in the Meech Creek Valley
Historic information and photos for panels along this interpretive walk on Cross Loop Road.