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The Halifax Explosion: The Untold Story of Canada's Worst Disaster

Halifax Explosion

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Chelsea Library, 100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC.

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.

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.


RETURN ENGAGEMENT! NOT TO BE MISSED!
The Irish and Gaelic Language in Canada and the Ottawa Valley Speaker with Danny Doyle

Danny Doyle

Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38 ch de la Vallée de Wakefield QC.

Mr. Doyle explores the Irish language in Canada and the fate of Irish Gaelic immigrants to this country. Bringing together census data and historic accounts, he shows the prevalence of the language-- once spoken from Newfoundland through to the Yukon -- and discusses the reasons for the language's abandonment and near-total exclusion from the Canadian folk memory, unlike other immigrant languages. Danny Doyle (Dónall Ó Dubhghaill) holds a Masters Degree in Arts Conservation and works as an archaeological conservator for the Government of Canada. He has lectured on the Irish language in Canada numerous times, as well as through the Irish Language Department at Ulster University. He is also a published Gaelic poet and winner of the 2016 Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada Award for Poetry.


Remembrance Day Ceremony

Chelsea Cenotaph

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 10:30am
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
587 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.


The Underwater Archaeology of the Franklin Shipwrecks
Speaker - Thierry Boyer, Underwater Archaeologist with Parks Canada

Thierry Boyer

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:30 pm
Larrimac Golf Club 1148 Hwy 105, Chelsea QC.

Join us for an evening of underwater discovery with Chelsea’s Thierry Boyer, one of the Parks Canada team of underwater archeologists who have been exploring and documenting the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in the northern waters of the Arctic. Mr. Boyer was our speaker in March 2016, and he returns with exciting discoveries from the excavation of the shipwrecks.

Other Events

Heritage Ottawa Walk

St. James Anglican Cemetery

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Founded in 1820, the St. James Anglican Cemetery is the oldest European cemetery in the national capital region. Designated a heritage site by the City of Gatineau in 2012, it is the resting place of some of the region’s most important personalities. People like Philemon Wright, founder of Hull, and his wife Abigail Wyman, the first businesswoman in the area; John Scott, the first mayor of Bytown; Robert Bell, the founder of the Ottawa Citizen; Nicholas Sparks, rich property owner in Ottawa’s centretown, and many others. Impressive funerary monuments reveal the wealth of many of the pioneering Anglophone families of the 19th century.
This tour will be conducted in French.
GUIDE: Michel Prévost is the president of the Société d’histoire de l’Outaouais and the person who advocated for the heritage designation of St. James Cemetery.
Heritage Ottawa Members: $5 / Non-Members: $10 ( Payable by cash at start of the tour )
MEET: MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE ST. JAMES CEMETERY
On the crest of Alexander Taché Blvd., east of the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Gatineau. (former City of Hull).

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Closed for the summer starting May 17, 2018 and will reopen Monday September 10, 2018. See hours and location.

New to the GVHS

Volume 44
Newest Up the Gatineau! released in May 2018.

Jon Dellandrea
wins the Arthur Davison Prize.

Society awards
winners for 2018 announced.

Past Events

Chrisalis ll Cruise

Even with a few showers, cruising down the beautiful Gatineau was a memorable experience for all the GVHS members & guests. See more images.

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