Preserving and promoting awareness in the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley since 1962

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Annual GVHS Dinner and Awards


Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Bar Open at 5:30, dinner at 6:15 pm.

Camp Fortune Main Lodge
300 ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, QC

Launch of the 43rd volume of Up the Gatineau!
Presentation of Awards
Guest Artist - Ian Tamblyn

Full course meal (includes taxes and gratuity - $50.00 pp.
    Please join us for our annual dinner, featuring the official launch of Volume 43 of Up the Gatineau! Members will have their first opportunity to pick up their complimentary copy.
    Following this, the Society will present its annual awards to recognize members and others in the community for significant contributions to the Society or to local history.


Presentation by Ian Tamblyn - Imagine a Time
    Award-winning musician, composer and playwright Ian Tamblyn will present a selection of songs from his two most recent plays - A Bridge Too Far and A River Runs Through Us - as well as excerpts from his latest work, A Summer…A Fair.
    Please contact Suzanne Gibeault by Saturday, May 27, at 819-827-9260 or suzkgibeault@gmail.com or reserve your place online. Payment by cash/cheque at the door.
    Please let Suzanne know by May 27 if you have reserved but will not be able to attend, as we are charged on May 28 for the number of places we have reserved.

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Carol Martin
In memory of Carol Martin, a volunteer with the Gatineau Valley Historical Society since 1976.
David Castleman
In memory of David Castleman dedicated to many facets of the Society.

Other Events

Wednesday May 10, 10 am to noon
Walk dedicated to the memory of Carol Martin
This walk, organized by the Wakefield Walkers, will meet at P17, above Wakefield, and is open to all walkers and friends of Carol and Bob Martin.

Saturday May 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Carol Martin - Commemoration of Life Ceremony
Meredith Centre, Old Chelsea Rd., Chelsea QC.
Come and share your memories.

"Lost Villages of Chelsea".

Lost Villages
Photo & Map Exhibit.
December 2016 to March 2017,
La Fab, Old Chelsea, QC. See also online exhibit.

Past Events

Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past

Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past

About 60 people turned up on March 20 for Don Kealey's illustrated talk about the history of Low since its settlement by Irish immigrants back in 1848. Speaking at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche Library, Don gave us glimpses into the past – both his own and his ancestors', and therein lies the reason for his labour of love. Don spoke with both passion and delight, reflecting on the naming of the town after lumber baron Charles Adamson Low, the Battle of Brennan’s Hill, the arrival of the railroad, and the incredible feat of building the Paugan Falls Hydro Electric Project from 1927-29. Don’s talk was based on a book he and his collaborator, Lise St. Jean, have written and published. Entitled Low Municipality: Reflections of the Past, the book is close to 600 pages in length with reflections on the area's history and hundreds of historical photographs. It goes into third printing this fall, so click on this link if you’d like to receive a copy (selling for $65). See order information.

British Home Children in Western Quebec
Held at the Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea on Monday, October 17, 2016.

New to the GVHS

150 Years of History
Low Down photo essays celebrating our Gatineau Valley history.

Lost Villages
of Chelsea Island, Kirk’s Ferry and Cascades submerged with the flooding in 1926/27.

La Famille Alexander et la « Meech Lake House »
Presentations by Michel Lemaire on James Alexander and his family at Meech Lake.

Home Children
The GVHS is seeking information on Home Children who were placed in the Gatineau Valley.

Winter Trail
New look and new signs for Chelsea Community Winter Trail.