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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


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


Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.DerekGrout EmpressOfIreland Cover


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.

 

The Loyalists Refugees: The Story of the First Settlers in the Eastern Townships

 

P1130195z 1Guest speaker: Michel RacicotMichelRacicot Loyalist Refugees

 

When: Thursday, April 17, 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.

 

Michel Racicot is genealogist and member of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch UELAC (United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada), which is the Eastern Township branch.

 

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.