Promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the Gatineau Valley in west Quebec.

Next Event

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30 pm

Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past,
Don Kealey and Lise St. Jean.
Wakefield - La Pêche Centre, Library,
38 Chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield, Wakefield, QC.

    Take a step back in time to the mid 1800's and hear how the Municipality of Low, Quebec progressed from a logging outpost to a colonization settlement, and finally to an intriguing, vibrant township which included the regions of Brennan's Hill, Venosta, Low, Fieldville and the Manitou.
    The talk is based on the best selling book “Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past” which describes 1895 Tax Revolt of Low (Battle of Brennan's Hill), the arrival of the Gatineau Valley Railroad to the Municipality of Low in 1892, and the monumental task of building the Paugan Falls Hydro Electric Project from 1927-29.
    Don Kealey is a native of Low, Quebec with deep Irish roots in the community. This is Don's initial effort in the writing and publishing of a book. The book's inclusion of such remarkable design and formatted photo pages was the result of the dedicated work of another native of Low, Lise St. Jean.

Pat Evans Archives
Open from 1:30 to 3:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Carol Martin
In memory of Carol Martin, a volunteer with the Gatineau Valley Historical Society since 1976.

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.

Future Events

Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:30 pm (note change of date)

Growing up in the Strutt House and other Architectural Tales,
Lesley Strutt and Titania Truesdale.
Larrimac Golf Club, Rte 105, Chelsea QC.

    James W. Strutt , pictured in 1956, left his mark on the landscape of the Gatineau Valley. The Strutt House (on Mountain Road) and other buildings he designed in the region, have received national and international attention.
    The Strutt House was awarded a Getty Foundation conservation grant in the Keeping It Modern program. The house and an exhibit of modernist architecture, form the Modernist Pavilion in the 150 anniversary celebrations in the National Capital Region.
    Lesley Strutt is Mr. Strutt’s oldest daughter and Titania Truesdale is writing Strutt’s biography. Together they will offer insight into a rare individual, and a beloved father.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Annual Dinner and Awards Evening
Camp Fortune Lodge

with special guest Ian Tamblyn

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Old Chelsea Tour

Other Events

"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

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

New to the GVHS

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.

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