Her­itage groups

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Be­long­ing and Iden­tity in English Que­bec, a QAHN project funded by the Sec­re­tar­iat for re­la­tions with An­glo­phone Que­be­cers, will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of mu­seum and her­itage­learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in sev­eral Que­bec re­gions over the next six months.

Fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to lo­cal his­tory so­ci­eties and other cul­tural groups to­talling more than $44,000 will be used to high­light the his­toric fol­low­ing the of the par­tic­i­pat­ing con­tri­bu­tions of Que­bec An­glo­phones in the East­ern Town­ships, Mon­térégie and Lanaudière re­gions, as well as on the Gaspé Penin­sula and Mag­dalen Is­lands.

Vol­un­teer-run his­tory so­ci­eties and small mu­se­ums were hit hard by Covid-re­lated public health re­stric­tions dur­ing the sum­mer of 2020, with most re­port­ing dis­rup­tions in their sea­sonal pro­gram­ming and a sharp de­cline in vis­i­tor rev­enue. The Be­long­ing and Iden­tity ini­tia­tive aims to help her­itage groups con­tinue to en­gage and in­form

Que­be­cers about lo­cal his­tory and cul­ture dur­ing the on­go­ing pan­demic by sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that can lessen the im­pact of so­cial iso­la­tion among com­munity mem­bers.

Other projects in the Town­ships in­clude: a se­ries of on­line pre­sen­ta­tions and panel dis­cus­sions on Mis­sisquoi County his­tory, or­ga­nized by the Mis­sisquoi Mu­seum; self-guided au­dio tours of Stanstead and Rock Is­land, pre­sented by the Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum in a mobile phone ap­pli­ca­tion; and a bilin­gual photo ex­hibit fo­cused on the early set­tle­ment of Or­ford Town­ship, cu­rated by the So­ciété d’his­toire du Can­ton d’or­ford.

Mem­bers of the her­itage net­work, which was formed 20 years ago, play a vi­tal role in lo­cal his­tor­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and her­itage preser­va­tion in dozens of Que­bec towns and re­gions. Whether they main­tain archives and col­lec­tions, op­er­ate mu­se­ums and cul­tural venues, or or­ga­nize spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions, lo­cal her­itage in­sti­tu­tions strive to bring peo­ple from all back­grounds to­gether around a shared in­ter­est in the past.

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