From attic to Museum
Because there were numerous combatants in the Second World War, the Great War and even preceding conflicts from this region, the Sherbrooke Fusiliers have made a call for donations of military archives and artefacts.
With this campaign, the Fusaliers hope that old family treasures will be made public in order to honor the military history of the Eastern Townships. There were numerous units from the region who took up arms over the years and they each have their own unique story.
“There are many people aged fifty to seventy who have kept military objects belonging to their father, uncles or grand-fathers. These military artefacts of great sentimental value are often stored in attics, garages and basements in conditions that could cause them to deteriorate. It is with concern for the preservation of these archives that the “From Attic to Museum” campaign was begun. We invite the population to donate their treasures to us. These precious treasures must not be lost because they pay homage to the collective memory of this region. All these artefacts will be maintained carefully according to museology norms. Our campaign is also aimed at the Anglophone population, who were very important in the region and in many different combat units,” explained Captain Stephane Patrick Dubuc.
The objects sought are varied: firearms, clothing, uniforms, medals, letters, photos, archival documents, illustrations, reference works, etc. In fact, anything that is closely or remotely related to a military souvenir will be considered.
The articles collected will be added to the collection of the Musée regimentaire, the only military museum in the region to be accredited by the Ministry of National Defense. The Fusaliers want to assure the donors that their archives and artefacts will be conserved, protected and made public according to museol- ogy methods and techniques. If you would like to donate something, you can call the Musee regimentaire des Fusaliers de Sherbrooke at 819 5645940 (extension 8300) or visit their website at fusiliersdesherbrooke.ca.
The Musee regimentaire des Fusaliers de Sherbrooke, founded in 1987, has as its mission to preserve, conserve and make accessible to the public the military heritage of the Fusaliers and of all other regiments from the Eastern Townships region.
Onthe 21st of May, at 1:30pm, a fire alarm was set off and the personnel and the hospital’s clients who were mobile were evacuated from the main building. Josee Maurice, the local public security coordinator, was proud to announce to the hospital’s personnel and clients who were gathered in the parking lot that it took 5 minutes and 49 seconds for the evacuation.
“The CSSS Memphremagog can be very proud of these results. The building coordinators, those in charge of sections and the employees accomplished their roles efficiently, leading to the building’s fast evacuation and to the people being directed to the gathering place very quickly. This result is the fruit of excellent work carried out by Pierre Boucher, director of technical services, and the members of his team who increased personnel training recently to improve the health facility’s ability to respond to a disaster.
So as not to interrupt services, residents, people hospitalized and those receiving treatments were informed of the evacuation exercise and didn’t participate in it.
“The Magog Fire Department has accompanied the CSSSM since 2011 in its efforts to put in place fire prevention measures, among others, by carrying out annual inspections and following up on problems. With the evacuation exercise held on May 21st, prevention agents could see how the CSSSM organization has taken to heart the safety of its clients and personnel,” concluded Daniel Oligny, the fire prevention captain of the Magog Fire Department.