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First Virtual Eastern Townships Heritage Fair a Success!

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--October 27, 2020.

Hundreds of visitors to the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network’s 2020 Virtual Heritage Fair on Facebook Live enjoyed their time discovering some of the many treasurers housed in museums and historical societies across the region.

The event, sponsored by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), took place on Sunday, October 25, 2020. With the theme of “Show and Tell,” historical societies and museums closed or on very restricted access and hours, were delighted to participate and share their stories and collections.

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Presentations for the Fair included the Colby-Curtis Museum Director/Curator Samuel Gaudreau-Lalande who spoke about the use of photography by politicians as a tool of mass persuasion. Glenn Patterson, directing QAHN’s “A Different Tune Project” interviewed musicians John Wilson and Connie McClintock from the “Western Townships” who provided toe-tapping samples of their music. Square dance caller James Allan chatted about the history of square dancing and traditional music around Kinnear’s Mills and showed footage from regular dances he organizes in the region. Heritage presentations included the history behind Canada’s two dollar bill (Richmond), a beautiful and recently discovered mosaic (Stanstead), an 1881 cloth surveyor’s map (Bury), a “Bucktail Streamer” fishing fly (Georgeville), an Order of Canada medal (Knowlton/Lac Brome), and others.

By telling the stories of some of our remarkable items, QAHN hopes to inspire future visits to the Eastern Townships’ wonderful museums and historical societies. As one viewer remarked, “This is just what I needed - a trip across the Townships, charming history lessons and spirit-lifting music and all from my living room chair!”

If you missed it or would like to see it again, just head to QAHN’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/QAHNCanada where the fair can be seen in its entirety. For more information, please contact QAHN at 819-564-9595/Toll free 1-877-964-0409 and at home@qahn.org and www.qahn.org