From at­tic to Mu­seum

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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 fusiliers­desher­

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.

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