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2015-05 Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network


Founded in 2000, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is a non-profit, non-partisan umbrella organization engaged with its members in promoting the preservation of the built, cultural and natural heritage of Quebec. QAHN aims to promote a greater understanding of the history of Quebec’s English-speaking communities by informing, inspiring and connecting people through its activities. QAHN has a Stories Matter database that hosts oral history interviews collected through their years of existence. Copies of these interviews are accessible in person at COHDS.

This fonds contains 374 interviews separated in 10 series. Some finding aids are available below. More finding aids and listings to come. Contact us for more detailed information.

Morin Heights (2015-05-001) -- 22 interviews in English

The interviews found in the Morin Heights series were created by the Morin Heights Historical Association. Community member and local historian Sandra Stock conducted the interviews with twenty interviewees from the Morin Heights- Milles Isles region. Stock has acted as Vice President and President of the Morin Heights Historical Association, the Director of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and has been a member of the Westmount Historical Association. The series centers around the local history and development of Morin Heights, recreational activities, tourism, landscape, and local industries. Participants include Olive Byrd Kneeland, Catherine Pollock, Richard Quinn, Diane Opala, Dorothy Kennedy Garayt, Joe Brown, Frances Beames, Kenny and June Binns, Rodney Carruthers, Andy Tellier, Carmen Wood, Lorne Brown, Melvin Day, George Watchorn, Tom Seale, George Gardner, Phyllis Buxton, Maxwell Ruan, Percy Black, and Howard Elder. 

The series touches on the history, settlement, and development of the region, along with reflections on life in the first half of the twentieth century. The interviews discuss local industries - including the tourism, agricultural, and lumber industries. Interviewees describe the central role that tourism playing in their community, and how that was affected by the development of roads and thoroughfares. In addition, the series coveres the landscape, environment, and recreational activities that took place in Morin Heights, Milles Isles, and Christieville. 

Missisquoi Historical Society (2015-05-002) -- 29 interviews in English

Compton County (2015-05-003) -- 13 interviews in English and French

This series consists of interviews and recordings completed by the Celtic Research Group with former residents of Compton County in southeast Quebec. With Compton County dissolving in the 1980s and being absorbed by MRC de le Haut-Saint-François and MRC de Coaticook, these interviews provide an insight into the life, culture, and residents of Compton County. 

Topics covered include the Gaelic language, Cape Breton, Scottish immigration, education, and religion. 

Greenwood (2015-05-004) -- 17 interviews in English

The series consists of interviews, readings, and talks that discuss Canadian and Quebec local and political history. These recordsing were conducted and collected by the Greenwood Centre for Living History, which is a non-profit community-based organization mandated with preserving the history of Greenwood of Hudson. The Centre is housed in a historical house, and has a collection of artifacts ranging from furniture to gardens. A notable interviewer in this series is local historian Phoebe Hyde who played a central role in the development of the Greenwood Centre for Living History.

Topics covered include Canadian political history and the history of Quebec and the Hudson area. The recordings touch upon themes relating to the settlement of Hudson, First Nations communities of Kanesatake and Kahnawake, religion, language, and politics. 

Gatineau Valley (2015-05-005) -- 11 interviews in English

The interviews in the Gatineau Valley series were conducted by the Gatineau Valley Historical Association. The Association was founded in 1962 to promote and preserve the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley. The series consists of twenty-one sessions with sixteen interviewees from the region. The interviews discuss the built and natural history of the Gatineau Valley. The series consists of interviews about the built and natural history of Gatineau Valley conducted with members of the Anglophone community. The interviews touch on life in and around Gatineau Valley, primarily during the first half of the twntieth century. Topics that are covered, include life during the Great Depression, government aid, along with medical care in the region. The series discusses local industries, private life, and the development of Gatineau Park. It includes reflections on local industries including the lumber, dairy, cattle, and ice industries. It also describes the education system and the one-room schoolhouses, recreational life through dances and box socials, and the development of tourism in the area. The interviewees also discuss some of the effects that technological changes have had on life in Gatineau Valley. 

Colby Curtis Museum (2015-05-006) -- 14 interviews in English and French

Hudson Historical Society (2015-05-007) -- 12 interviews

Eastern Township(2015-05-008) 

Depression Years Subseries (2015-05-008-S1) -- 14 interviews

Ian Tait Subseries (2015-05-008-S2) -- 39 interviews

Eastern Township during WW2, Tom Martin fonds Subseries (2015-05-008-S3) -- 43 interviews

Eastern Township women during WW2 Subseries (2015-05-008-S4) -- 32 interviews

Depression Years (1929 - 1939), Tom Martin fonds Subseries (2015-05-008-S5) -- 28 interviews

Oral Histories of Sutton Subseries (2015-05-008-S6) -- 10 interviews

Celtic Research Group Subseries (2015-05-008-S7) -- 7 interviews

Landscapes of the Past, interviews Subseries (2015-05-008-S8) -- 72 interviews

Malca and Ruby Friendman Subseries (2015-05-008-S9) -- 2 interviews

Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (2015-05-009) -- 18 interviews

Oral History Veterans' Museum Subseries (2015-05-009-S1) -- 20 itnerviews

Hemmingford (2015-05-010) -- 31 interviews


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