Preserving and promoting awareness in the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley since 1962
"The Halifax Explosion: The Untold Story of Canada's Worst Disaster" with speaker Ken Cuthbertson
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Library, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
38 Chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield, Wakefield
Just over one hundred years ago, on December 6, 1917, a French munitions ship and a Norwegian war relief vessel collided in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The accident sparked a fire and an apocalyptic explosion which levelled half the city, killed 2,000 people, and injured 9,000 more.
Join us as speaker Ken Cuthbertson recounts the untold story of Canada’s worst disaster. It's a haunting tale that in many ways is uniquely Canadian. It's also a cautionary tale that all Canadians should know.
Kingston-based author-editor Ken Cuthbertson has more than 35 years’ experience writing for newspapers and magazines in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K and is the former editor for the Queen’s Alumni Review magazine. His latest publication is The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Greatest Disaster.
Annual Dinner & Awards Evening
Monday, May 28th 2018
Bar Opens at 5:30 p.m. - Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Camp Fortune Main Lodge, 300 ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, Quebec
Buffet Dinner (taxes & tip included) ~ $50.00
Reserve your place or contact Suzanne Gibeault at 819-827-9260 by May 26th.
- Launch of the 44th edition of Up the Gatineau!
- - GVHS members, pick up your copy.
Guest Speaker Danielle Siemens of the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton will be our featured after dinner speaker. She will give us a brief preview of her research on Canadian photographer and amateur field-naturalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton (1919-2004). Gilliat Eaton lived in Ottawa for about a decade in the 1950s and '60s and rented Shilly Shally cabin in Gatineau Park during that period, documenting the comings and goings at her cabin, in photographs and journals.
Photo - Rosemary Gilliat in front of Shilly Shally, 1958. © Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Source: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds/e4311156.
Historic Gatineau River GVHS Fund-raiser Cruise on the Chrysalis II paddle wheeler
Saturday, June 23rd – 5pm to 7 pm
(rain date - June 24th)
$100 per person with a $75 tax receipt
GVHS members only, limited to 48 people!
Light Refreshments with wine & beer will be served
Commentary on the Gatineau River historic sites will be provided as we cruise down the river to the Chelsea Dam and back to Burnett.
Parking & boarding information will be supplied at a later date to all attendees.
Please note: you do need to be fairly mobile as access to the top deck is via steep stairs.
or renew membership
See hours and location.
New to the GVHS
Collection of over 600 documents concerned primarily with the business affairs of Philemon Wright (1760-1839) and his son Ruggles Wright (1793-1863.
2018 AGM & Arvhives Open House
View following reports:
- 2017 President's Report
- 2017 Financial Statement
- 2017 Publication Report
and the 2018 GVHS Board.
Publications of Local Interest
Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright by Rick Henderson
Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past by Don Kealey
A Collection of Works by Florence Helena McGillivray by Bill Allen
Touring Historic Wakefield by Norma Geggie