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The United Empire Loyalists: an overview

 

P1120869z 1Guest speaker: Robert WilkinsRobertWilkins kelly uelstjohnc


When: Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 19:30 to 21:00


Where: Centennial Hall

            288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

 

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

 

A general overview of the United Empire Loyalists, what made them who they were, their diversity(religious, linguistic and racial), and their heritage in Canada today, with a couple of specific examples, just to illustrate what they lived through and experienced during the Revolutionary War and afterwards when getting re-established in what remained of British North America (now Canada).

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Two Loyalist Families and their Descendants

 

Guest SpeakerGary AitkenGaryAitken

 

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 19:30 to 21:00


Where:  Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.


Gary Aitken is the descendant of Loyalist ancestors from the Maritimes and Eastern Ontario and will speak about their origins in Canada and the legacy they left behind. Succeeding generations had a tendency to find themselves at the centre of major historical events: War of 1812, Politics, US Civil War, Confederation, Shipbuilding, RMS Titanic, etc.

 

The Black Loyalists of the American Revolution, 1775-1783

 

P1110167z 1Guest speaker: Adrian Willison  AdrianWillison BlackLoyalistMonument

 

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 19:30 to 21:00

 

Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

 

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

 

The history of the Black Loyalists is a very rich and diverse one, yet it has been overlooked by many historians.  It has also unfortunately been misunderstood creating a great loss to our Loyalist heritage. In this lecture, the specific topics which will be discussed by Adrian Willison are:  (1) the resettlement of the Black Loyalists in the Tracadie/Guysborough area of north-eastern Nova Scotia, and (2) a discussion of the Black Loyalists who went to London, England.

Throughout the year 2014, the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society invites you to discover different aspects of life in North America with our theme The United Empire Loyalists. Our speakers will surprise you with very interesting subjects.


 

Quebec B C, i.e.  Before Columbus!


GerardLeducExpliquePhotosGuest speaker: Gérard Leduc Ph DGerardLeduc LeverSoleilSolsticeHiverSurPierre
 

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014, from 19:30 to 21:00


Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4


Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

 

The long accepted dogma that Christopher Columbus was the first European to settle in America is being challenged by Gérard Leduc through twenty-five years of research in the Eastern Townships and elsewhere in Quebec, Ontario and New England.

There is ample evidence of an ancient presence of Phoenicians, Celts and Vikings in our immediate environment. Numerous artefacts, mostly in stone, can be seen in undisturbed landscapes.

These foreign mariners took advantage of ocean currents to go back and forth from Europe and the Middle East to settle here. They likely arrived here on purpose, with sea-sailing ships and adequate navigation skill. GerardLeduc CairnEnviron2000ansThey left thousands of cairns or stone mounds, petroglyphs or writings inscribed on stone. To regulate their calendar, they created stone alignments on important solar events such as the solstices and the equinoxes.

A number of radiocarbon dates on cairns confirm the presence of these stone builders as far back as 2000 and 600 years ago. In Vale Perkins, in the Township of Potton, a water mill was built around the year 1560, or about 300 years before the first settler arrived there. 

The people who built the sites described here were from an advanced culture. They mastered writing, astronomy, geometry, surveying, masonry and possessed metal tools. Very ancient copper mining is also documented. They were important populations who were permanent settlers. What happened to them? GerardLeduc PierreCeltiqueValePerkinsLets pursue the research with open minds.

 

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Pointe-Claire au temps de la Nouvelle-France

(Pointe-Claire during Nouvelle-France Era)


P1090295z 1Guest speaker: Claude Arsenault2013-11-21ClaudeArsenaultMoulinCroixPteClaire

 

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 19:30 to 21:00

 

Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4


Lecture in French followed by a bilingual question period.


 

The Société pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine de Pointe-Claire prepared a book to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Parish of Pointe-Claire (1731-2013).
Claude Arsenault, President of this society, will introduce the part of the book on the Nouvelle-France period, from the establishment of the first inhabitants to the conquest by England.

 

 

Oral tradition in Nouvelle-France:

Innovative or Conservative? or Both?

 

 

Guest speaker: Philip DeeringPhilip Deering

 

When: Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 19:30 to 21:00


Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4


Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period


 

Philip Deering is back again this time to introduce us to certain myths on Nouvelle-France transmitted through oral history.

 



Filles du Roy

 

 

 

Guest speaker: René ForgetReneForget

 

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 19:30 to 21:00


Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4


Lecture in French followed by a bilingual question period.


Before this lecture will take place the presentation of a donation from the Société historique Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society to the Heroes Committee represented by Maj. Richard Gratton, Chair, and Lt.-Col. (Retired) Terrence Montague, Vice-Chair.

 

René Forget will tell the odyssey of the Filles du Roy to help us better understand the importance of our feminine ancestors in the establishment of the colony in the 17th century, role that History has a tendency to forget. These women should be honoured as “mothers of the nation” as they were essential in our history.

 

The lecture includes:
-Their social and cultural origins
-Their trip across the Atlantic
-Their hasty wedding
-Their fertility and their morality
-Their contribution to the new country

 

Very much interested in Québec history and genealogy, the psychologist Forget explored the fascinating era of the Filles du Roy. He wrote an historic saga inspired by one of these women. Eugénie, fille du roy describes the historic odyssey of French youths, mostly from Normandy, who came to Nouvelle-France.

 

The author created the character of Eugénie and imagined her influence as well as of the other filles du Roy during this era ruled by politic and religious authorities. The saga followed up with Cassandre, daughter of Eugénie, who will go to study in Paris. Also of Étiennette, spouse of the village blacksmith, the best friend of Cassandre.

 

Thanks to the accurate behaviour analysis of his different characters and his historical descriptions, René Forget made us re-live through these passionate early days of our country.


Céramique du Québec, une passion!

(Collecting Quebec Ceramics, a Passion!)


Guest speaker: Jacqueline Beaudry Dionimg 6319jac fromjbdweb

 

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 19:30 to 21:00


Where: Media room of the Beaconsfield Library,

             303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7


PowerPoint Lecture in French followed by a bilingual question period

 

 

Jacqueline Beaudry Dion is the President of the Association des collectionneurs de céramique du Québec and will introduce us to the history of Quebec 19th and 20th century pottery.


 

img 6323jac fromjbdwebJacqueline Beaudry Dion, B. A., B. Ped. acted as director for a South Shore Contemporary Art Gallery for nearly twenty years, holding twelve Art exhibitions each year. With her husband, Jean -Pierre Dion, Ph. D., and for the last forty years, she developed a fond interest in Canadian Heritage, mainly in Quebec Ceramics but also in Canadian Glass and Mycology : as such, she was involved in research, collection, guest speaker, author and curator of exhibitions. For the last fifteen years, she developed her photography skill, first with macro photography of mushrooms then with Ceramic.
Sharing a joint passion, the couple wrote numerous articles on 19th and 20th century Ceramic in Quebec and the United States. They published La Poterie des Dion (1984) and Céramistes du Québec 1940-1970 (2010, with a revised and enlarged second edition in 2011). As curators, they are authors of two exhibition catalogs : Maîtres céramistes formés à l’École du meuble de Montréal (Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, 2011) and Gilles Derome potier et humaniste (Musée du Haut-Richelieu, 2012). Again, for Spring /Summer 2013, they are guest curators for an exhibition on Wanda Rozynska and Stanley Rozynski, within the hearth of Eastern Township Ceramic at Musée du Haut-Richelieu.
Jacqueline Beaudry Dion is also the author and photographer of the first Repertory of Quebec Ceramic Marks : 580 marques de céramistes du Québec, edited in June 2011 by the Association of Ceramic Collector of Quebec (ACCQ) for which she is President.

 


L'esclavage en Nouvelle-France et le Procès d'Angélique

(Slavery in Nouvelle-France and the Trial of Angélique)

 


Guest speaker: Denyse Beaugrand-ChampagneEsclaveMarie-Angelique

 

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 19:30 to 21:00


Where: Beaconsfield Library, Media room

             303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7


PowerPoint Lecture in French followed by a bilingual question period

 

This lecture will discuss the presence of Amerindian slaves and black slaves in Nouvelle-France via archive documents and will uncover the trial of a slave accused through public rumours to have caused a terrible fire in Montréal. Angélique will be tortured and executed publicly on June 21, 1734.


DenyseBeaugrandChampagne  Denyse Beaugrand Champagne is the author of the book Le procès de Marie-Josèphe-Angélique.