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Honouring its Empire Loyalist Foundations:


Sir Charles Tupper, Prime Minister – A History



P1110167z 1Guest speaker: Adrian Willison

When: Thursday 20 April 2017 at 19h30 to 21h

Where:       Annexe Herb-Linder (Bowling Green)

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Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.



A Loyalist conference for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Canadian Confederation, Sir Charles Tupper, a descendant of Loyalist settlers in Nova Scotia, was a very important Father of Confederation and a tireless worker for a united Canada.





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.

Migration, Genetics, and Social Stratification in Human Prehistory


Guest Speaker: Alex KimKim36

When:   Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where:  Centennial Hall

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4


Video Lecture in English.


Alex Kim will give insights into human prehistory from genome-wide ancient DNA data and the emerging dialogue of genetics, archaeology, and historical linguistics. Focus geographically will likely be on North America.


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B.A. Harvard 2013 (Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; Uyghur language).
Research associate 2013-15, David Reich Ancient DNA


Laboratory, Dept. of Genetics, Harva

rd Medical School:

- exploring human population hist

ory using ancient and modern genetic data.
Ph.D. candidate 2015- in Archaeology, Dept. of Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts & Science, Harvard University:

- investigating questions of migration, admixture, and social stratification in the human past,
especially in high-latitude Eurasia & North America, but also in Central Asia & the broader Pacific world.
- hoping to synthesize genetic and other lines of inquiry (e.g., classical archaeology, historical linguistics)
for a more complete perspective on human prehistory.



A Woman at War – Elsie Reford and WWI



Guest SpeakerAlexander Reford


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


Where:   Beaconsfield Library

               303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.


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The women of Montreal took a leading role in the war effort that mobilized Canadian society from 1914 to 1918. Working in munitions factories, raising money for the Canadian Patriotic Fund, knitting socks for soldiers at the front, contributing to the political debates over conscription and waiting for the return of soldier sons or husbands - almost every woman in Montreal was touched by the First World War in some way.


Elsie Reford was in a unique position to contribute to the war effort. Her eldest son was an officer in the British Army, her brother Frank Meighen was the commanding officer of the 14th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (the Royal Montreal Regiment), her husband was the agent for many of the vessels travelling with troops, munitions and supplies to Great Britain, her brother in law Dr. Lewis Reford was one of the doctors that formed the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (Number 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill). She herself spent much of the First War in London volunteering as a translator of books by the German general staff into English for the War Office. Her cousin Arthur Meighen was the minister in the Borden government responsible for the Conscription Bill and one of the most controversial politicians of the period.


Through the wartime letters and speeches by Elsie Reford, her great grandson Alexander Reford will illustrate how Montreal responded to the war and present the debates that divided and united Montrealers during the war years.P1230119z


Alexander Reford is the director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens. Educated at the University of Toronto and Oxford University he is the author of several books on Quebec history and gardens:

Des jardins oubliés 1860-1960,

Guidebook to the Reford Gardens,

Au rythme du train 1859-1970,

Elsie’s Paradise – Reford Gardens,

Treasures of Reford Gardens - Elsie Reford’s Floral Legacy,

The Metis Lighthouse.

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A short performance by the

803 Air Cadet Squadron Pipe Band and Highland Dancing group

will pave the way for the lecture








“Scottish on top, Irish underneath and English to the Core”

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Speaker: Historian Alexander Reford, great grandson of Elsie Reford

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 19:30


Where: In the Annex to the City Hall, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield (Entrance at the west end of the parking lot)


Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period


Everyone welcome. Admission free.



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Elsie Reford was an occasional resident of Beaconsfield. Her husband owned a property on Thompson’s Point in Beaurepaire (1896-1907) and she began her married life enjoying summers on Lake St. Louis until she was given the use and finally title to her uncle’s fishing camp, Estevan Lodge, at Grand-Métis on the Lower St. Lawrence. She later transformed this property into a vast ornamental garden, known today as Les Jardins de Métis and Reford Gardens.


Like many English Montrealers of her era, Elsie Reford was born of immigrant parents who had made a new life in Canada. With a patrimony that was both Scottish and Irish, she was nonetheless English to the core. A committed Canadian, her world view, influences, cultural references were heavily influenced by her repeated travels to England and the strong pull exerted by England and its imperial ideal. Instilled with the Scottish virtues of hard work and common sense, her taste in clothes, literature, art, music, politics and plants were thoroughly English.


Historian Alexander Reford, great grandson of Elsie Reford, will present the life and times of Elsie Reford and the ways in which the world view of this English Montrealer was shaped by her Scottish and Irish parentage and how this made her more English, more imperialistic and more Canadian.


André Quesnel, A Deerfield Descendant

Guest speaker: André QuesnelI 07824z 1


When: Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where: Centennial Hall,

              288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period

Everyone welcome. Admission free.

Mr. André Quesnel is a descendant of prisoners who were brought back to the Montréal region after the Deerfield Massacre in 1704. He will describe us the journey of these prisoners, from their capture up to their establishment in the Oka region, after multiple displacements.


A Report of Revolution and Refugees from a Jarvis Journal 



Guest SpeakerAnn Jarvis Boa, U.E.AnnJarvisBoa


When: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:30 to 21:00

Where:  Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.


Ann Jarvis Boa, author of My Eventful Life: Stephen Jarvis, U.E., 1756-1840, chose her great great grandfather as the subject of her talk. From Connecticut to Upper Canada, via New Brunswick, Stephen kept a diary chronicling his experiences during the Revolutionary War. From diaries, letters and photographs kept by her grandfather, Arthur Jarvis, Ann Jarvis Boa brought to life a part of the history of Canada as it affected a family of United Empire Loyalists.


Photo by Geoff Parkin


Pointe-Claire au temps de la Nouvelle-France

(Pointe-Claire during Nouvelle-France Era)

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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.


Rock Art of the Eastern Canadian Shield


P1370478zGuest Speaker: Daniel Arsenault


When:   Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where:  Centennial Hall

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield H9W 4A4


Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.


Doctor in anthropology with specialization in pre-Columbian archaeology at Université de Montréal, Daniel Arsenault has spent the last dozen of years doing researches on aboriginal rock art sites of the Canadian Shield and Eastern Arctic, for


content analysis as well as conservation and enhanced

presentation. The study of rock art lead him to research

studies of sites in Québec and Canada, A

ustralia, Italy, United-States, Antilles and Brazil. He presently leads an international workgroup which mandate is the production of an innovating document on documentation of rock art sites around the world.


Walter Percy Adams - Veteran of WWI and WWII

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When:  Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period


Walter Percy Adams, maternal grandfather of our speaker, was in both WWI and WWII, however he saw the most action in WWI and was awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) amongst other medals. David will show all his medals from both World Wars as well as some souvenirs brought home by Walter Percy Adams.


Walter Percy is mentioned prominently on the website memorializing the soldiers of the 117th Eastern Townships Battalion where he was amongst the first to volunteer. He was part of the 14th RMR (Royal Montreal Regiment) for most of his action overseas.


While both sets of David’s grandparents lived in Beaconsfield, Walter Percy spent almost all his time in the Veterans Hospital as in his later years he suffered from the effects of mustard gas from a battle in WWI at Hill 70. He was also at Vimy Ridge and The Canal du Nord in 1918.





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.

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400 years – History of the Richelieu

From Warpath to Playground

Guest Speaker: Derek Grout 

When: Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where:  Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4


Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period. 

Derek Grout will give a sneak preview of his latest book.


Quebec's Richelieu River, although just over a hundred kilometers in length, has played a critical role in the turbulent history of New France and the development of Canada. Join historian and author Derek Grout for his illustrated presentation From Warpath to Playground, as he traces the river's evolution over the past four centuries.


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RMS Empress of Ireland

P1130691z 1Guest speaker: Derek Grout


When:THursday, May 15, 2014, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

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Derek Grout presents his new book on the Empress of Ireland.

The ill-fated liner Empress of Ireland sank in the Gulf of St Lawrence, in front of Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer, in a collision in 1914. The hundredth anniversary of the sinking is May 29 and the book's release in Canada is scheduled for early April, in advance of the anniversary.  Canada Post is supposed to be issuing two stamps to commemorate the event, and various museums across the country have scheduled special exhibitions, most notably the Canadian Museum of History (formerly Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, across from Ottawa.


At this lecture, you will be able to buy the book RMS Empress of Ireland, Pride of the Canadian Pacific's Atlantic Fleet  by Derek Grout, at the price of $35.00.

Remembering the Great War

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When:  Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where: Centennial Hall,

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period

On November 11, 1918 the guns fell silent over the Western Front, and the Great War passed into history and legend. Author Derek Grout will explore the many ways we remember, almost a hundred years later, the most destructive war in history up to that time, and some of the effects of the war that defined the turbulent twentieth century.

He will also discuss his new book on the Great War, entitled Thunder in the Skies, published in 2015.

Copies of the book will be for sale at this event.


Is There More We Should Remember (on Remembrance Day)?


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When:   Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 19:30 to 21:00

Where:  Centennial Hall

             288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A4

Lecture in English.

150 years after Confederation, the myth of Two Solitudes engages and haunts us. What does the historical record teach us about this myth, e.g. regarding Quebec and Canada in the Great War?


Desmond Dillon Paul Morton OC CD FRSC (Calgary 1937- ) is a DSC01448z 1Canadian historian who specializes in the history of the Canadian military, as well as the history of Canadian political and industrial relations. He is the author of over thirty-five books on Canada, including the popular A Short History of Canada.

In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1985.

Son and grandson of militaries, he is a graduate of the Collège militaire royal de St-Jean, the Royal Military College of Canada, a Rhodes Scholar, the University of Oxford (where he received his PhD), and the London School of Economics. He spent ten years in the Canadian Army (1954–1964 retiring as a Captain).

Later on, he began his teaching career and was Principal of Erindale College, University of Toronto, from 1986 to 1994.

Morton is the Hiram Mills professor emeritus of History at McGill University, as well as the past director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, in Montreal, Quebec.

Morton once wrote: "For Canadians, Vimy Ridge was a nation building experience. For some, then and later, it symbolized the fact that the Great War was also Canada's war of independence".


Source: Article Desmond Morton (historian) from English Wikipedia  Consulted on 2017-02-06