The East­ern Town­ships: Land of Pas­sage, Place of Set­tle­ment, Home of Com­mu­ni­ties

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Sher­brooke

TheSo­ciété d’his­toire de Sher­brooke and the Fédéra­tion His­toire Québec (FHQ), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Québec An­glo­phone Her­itage Net­work, in­vite the gen­eral public to join with their mem­ber so­ci­eties at the 47th An­nual Meet­ing which is to be held in the beau­ti­ful East­ern Town­ships from 25 through 27 May, 2012.

The theme of the con­fer­ence, “The East­ern Town­ships: Land of Pas­sage, Place of Set­tle­ment, Home of Com­mu­ni­ties”, will of­fer par­tic­i­pants a unique op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover as­pects of the his­tory and her­itage, as well as the present iden­tity, of this re­gion. Twelve work­shops and lec­tures will be of­fered by pre­sen­ters pas­sion­ate about their sub­ject. From the ar­chae­ol­ogy of early In­dian groups to stu­dent re­search in the his­tory of Sher­brooke, from the role of re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties in the Town­ships to the emer­gence of fem­i­nism in Sher­brooke in the 1920s, from the dis­cov­ery of N’dakkina through the waves of im­mi­grants who af­fected the Town­ships of to­day, there will be many dis­cov­er­ies to be made.

If the Satur­day is ded­i­cated to his­toric ex­plo­ration, the ac­tiv­i­ties of Sun­day will be de­voted to tourism: four ex­cur­sions, ei­ther on foot or by bus, will un­veil the at­trac­tions of greater Sher­brooke and the re­gion of Comp­tonCoat­i­cook. “Par le chemin des fresques” is a tour an­i­mated by a group of 15 per­sons who ex­plore the Queen City of the 1950s as well as the trea­sures of mod­ern Sher­brooke. “Mé­moire vive”, a walk­ing tour guided by GPS, will al­low par­tic­i­pants, each fur­nished with an ipad, to dis­cover the his­tory of the city. A third ex­cur­sion will take vis­i­tors to the his­toric Up­lands mu­seum, a neoGe­or­gian res­i­dence built in 1862, where they can en­joy an English tea, and a sub­se­quent or­gan con­cert at St. Mark’s Chapel of Bishop’s Univer­sity. Fi­nally, there will be a tour to the area of Comp­tonCoat­i­cook, in­clud­ing vis­its to the Beaulne mu­seum lo­cated in the centenary

Anew­com­mu­nity foun­da­tion has been es­tab­lished to pro­vide phil­an­thropic lead­er­ship in the 5 com­mu­ni­ties around Lake Mas­saw­ippi so that they re­main vi­tal and pros­per­ous. The Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion is a coali­tion of cit­i­zens de­voted to sup­port­ing com­mu­nity ac­tion in the Mas­saw­ippi Val­ley. The Foun­da­tion ex­ists to re­ceive gifts, pool these re­sources into an en­dow­ment and give grants to com­mu­nity projects so that all res­i­dents of the Mas­saw­ippi Val­ley are able to ben­e­fit from the best that these com­mu­ni­ties can of­fer in re­gard to re­cre­ation, health care, the arts and a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

‘Com­mu­nity foun­da­tions are the fastest grow­ing form of phi­lan­thropy in North Amer­ica and ev­ery cit­i­zen can be a part of it’, says Mar­got Hey­er­hoff, Chair of the new Foun­da­tion. ‘I am

Arthur Os­more Nor­ton house, and the home of Louis Saint-lau­rent, now a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the life and po­lit­i­cal ca­reer of the man who was our Prime Min­is­ter from 1948 to 1957.

For the com­plete pro­gramme, de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion, please con­sult the web­site of the Fédéra­tion His­toire Québec (www.his­toire­que­bec.qc.ca), or that of the So­ciété d’his­toire de Sher­brooke (www.his­toiresher­brooke.com.) *FREE for churches events, ser­vice clubs events, and rec­og­nized char­i­ta­ble org. only. - Send all ac­tiv­i­ties or changes by Mon­day, 3 p.m., at least one week be­fore the event, only by email at jour­nal@stanstead-jour­nal.com (not re­spon­si­ble for typ­ing er­rors) FREE TREES – Satur­day May 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 225 rue Fron­tenac, Sher­brooke, While Quan­tise last! BLOOD PRES­SURE CLINIC – There will be a blood pres­sure clinic in North Hat­ley June 1st at the Li­brary, 165 Main Street N, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. BLOOD PRES­SURE CLIN­ICS –There will be a blood pres­sure clinic on June 12th at the Ma­sonic Hall, 3002 Col­lege Street, Len­noxville from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. BLOOD PRES­SURE CLIN­ICS – There will be a blood pres­sure clinic Tues­day May 22nd and June 26th at the Town Hall, 170 Prin­ci­pal S, Water­ville, at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. WALK IN MY SHOES CAM­PAIGN – Is ask­ing for new (never worn) cloth­ing items for home­less peo­ple. Cash do­na­tions are used to buy ther­mal un­der­wear or footwear. Drop do­na­tions at Men­tal Health Es­trie, 257 Queen, Len­noxville or at dis­tri­bu­tion points in the area. For info 819-565-3777 or men­tal­health.es­trie@bell­net.ca WEL­COME WED­NES­DAYS – Or­ga­nized by Women’s Cen­tre. “Get to­gether” for cof­fee or tea or have a chat, meet friends, browse the li­brary and learn to cro­chet. Ac­tiv­ity room avail. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Bring knit­ting or craft. ACEF ES­TRIE – De­fense of con­sumers’ rights or­ga­ni­za­tion. Free ser­vices from third year stu­dents from Fac­ulty of Law, ready to an­swer ques­tions. Info ACEF Es­trie 819-563-8144. ÉCOCENTRES –Info Éco­cen­tre Michel-ledoux, 1000 Léon-tré­panier via Lav­igerie, 819-822-6010; Éco­cen­tre Rose-co­hen, 365 Pépin, via Port­land Blvd, 819-822-6033. FUN FEAR­LESS FIT­NESS – Women 16 and + highly qual­i­fied in­struc­tor. Ev­ery Mon­day, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Len­noxville French El­e­men­tary School, École St-an­toine’s Gym. Park­ing on Church and Speid St., Info Su­nita 819-563-9987. LEN­NOXVILLE-AS­COT HIS­TOR­I­CAL & MU­SEUM SO­CI­ETY – Open from Wed­nes­days to Sun­day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 9 rue Speid, Len­noxville. Info 819-564-0409.

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