Lots to see at Colby-Cur­tis

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

The Colby- Cur­tis Mu­seum is hav­ing a busy sum­mer with two tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions to com­ple­ment the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion of the Car­roll­croft man­sion. Vis­i­tors to the Mu­seum can also en­joy re­fresh­ments in the Tea Room which is open seven days a week, from 11:00 am. to 3:30 pm.

The His­tory of Ru­ral Medicine in Stanstead County

This ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­plore how the de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern medicine af­fected Stanstead County by fo­cus­ing on three con­trast­ing pe­ri­ods seen through the lives of three lo­cal prac­ti­tion­ers: Moses French Colby M.D., who prac­tised in the bor­der area for forty years, built Car­roll­croft, and died here in 1863; his grand­son, John Child Colby M.D. who prac­ticed from 1904 to 1926, and built the “Doc­tor’s Of­fice” ex­ten­sion to Car­roll­croft in which this ex­hi­bi­tion is housed; and the re­cently re­tired and much ad­mired Gilles Bouchard M.D., a na­tive of Stanstead who opened his prac­tice here in 1963.

Re­mem­ber­ing our Soldiers of the Great War

This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the treat­ment of the im­pact of WW1 on the town­ships through the idea of re­mem­brance. The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plains who were the men of Stanstead County who en­listed and fought in the war, who died, and in what cir­cum­stances.

The Great War left a deep im­pres­sion on the col­lec­tive mem­ory of the people of Stanstead County. Over 600 en­listed and at least eighty-eight lost their lives. If one ac­cepts the premise that those who died were rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the whole, about 40% of those who en­listed were in­dus­trial work­ers or labour­ers and an­other 30% farm­ers. Among those who lost their lives, four­teen were from Ma­gog, eleven from North Hat­ley, ten from Stanstead, nine from Coat­i­cook and the re­main­der from more than a dozen other lo­cal­i­ties.

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