IMPORTANT NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION

The City of Beaconsfield is working closely with the provincial health authorities regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and it had decided to close, on March 13, 2020, municipal facilities offering activities to the public, in order to respond to the risks of potential infections in our region.


Following a survey with members and friends, the Board of Directors of SHBBHS has decided to resume its lectures as of October 2020 but in virtual mode.

Check our website regularly as some last minute changes are possible.

Until further notice, the lectures will be in virtual mode and available free for everyone.

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The theme for the lectures of the season 2019-20 of the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society

will be "Leaders and Pioneers"

Everyone welcome. 

Free for members; $2 for non-members
Become a member for $5 per year 

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Alexandre Vattemare (Paris, 1796-1864)

Ventriloquist, Diplomat, Utopian, and Brilliant Inventor

Speaker: Jacques G. Ruelland
When: Thursday, April 16, 2020 January 21, 2021, 19:30 - 21:00
Where: In virtual mode

For this lecture you must register in advance using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtd--qrjkqHtA9c54VRsSnZwo1aYjAQG0i

Select your Zoom language preference at the bottom right corner of the page.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on January 21. Keep this new link as you will use it to connect on the day of the virtual lecture. You could join around 7:15 p.m. giving you enough time to set in. The lecture will start at 7:30 p.m

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

2019 11 21RuellandJacques AlexandreVattemareAlexandre Vattemare was born and died in Paris (1796-1864). He was a protean character. His exceptional talents of mime and ventriloquism earned him fame in post-Napoleonic Europe. If this man, esteemed by the rulers and the intellectual elite of his time, has gone down in history, it is because he has created an international system for the exchange of double specimens in the fields of arts, natural sciences , scientific and literary works, and advocated the construction of institutes bringing together many public services. He wanted to strengthen the bonds of friendship between groups of the human family and allow workers and poor people to learn easily. The purpose of this lecture is to identify the Vattemare project to build in Montreal and Quebec City, in 1840 and 1841, two institutes with multiple functions – real urban utopias – in order to break down national, linguistic, and cultural barriers through education, and in particular, free education of the workers and the poor.

 

Jacques G. Ruelland, Ph.D., retired professor, Department of Philosophy, Collège Édouard-Montpetit; Department of History, Université de Montréal; authored 48 books.

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The theme for the lectures of the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society

starting in February 2021 "Transportation"

will take you to a journey on land, on water and even into space

Everyone welcome. 

Free for members; $2 for non-members
Become a member for $5 per year 

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Last of the Clippers
The Thermopylae’s Canadian Odyssey

Speaker: Alexandre Reford, historien
When: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 19:30 to 21:00
Where: In virtual mode

For this lecture you must register in advance using the following link:

(the link will be supplied here one week before the lecture)

Select your Zoom language preference at the bottom right corner of the page.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on January 21. Keep this new link as you will use it to connect on the day of the virtual lecture. You could join around 7:15 p.m. giving you enough time to set in. The lecture will start at 7:30 p.m

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

Scouring for a ship that could get a ready supply of rice to their recently opened mills in Victoria, British Columbia, Robert Reford tasked his partner John Dillon to find the right vessel. Dillon was told about the Thermopylae. “Dillon is having much trouble to get tonnage for Victoria,” Reford wrote his son, “and has as a dernier resort about made up his mind to purchase a sailing ship. He cabled me the names of several he was offered and we finally decided to bid on one called the Thermopylae…she is in fact one of the famous Aberdeen clipper tea ships…”
So began Robert Reford’s odyssey as the owner of the one of the fastest and most famous sailing ships ever built – the Thermopylae. Rival of the Cutty Sark, she was beautiful, sleek and fast, built to get the finest teas from China to the teacups of Britain’s aristocracy. Decades after her launch, Robert Reford bought her to transport rice to his new rice mill in Victoria. It was a short-lived and most disastrous investment. It brought Reford and his Montreal shipping agency and rice milling firm fame if not fortune.

I 04720z 1Historian Alexander Reford will tell the story of this fascinating episode in maritime history of the last of the clipper ships.

 

 

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