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Philippe Fournier of Bedford Releases New Local History Book, Joins Missisquoi Museum Fundraising Drive

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--August 1, 2013.

As part of the annual fundraiser of the Missisquoi Historical Society and Museum of Stanbridge East, author Philippe Fournier just published a new local history book.

Entitled La gazette des paysans, Philippe Fournier of Bedford will be making the book available for pre-sale beginning July 30. This new historical work describes in a gentle way the rural life as led in Quebec by our ancestors between 1840 and 1900.

Made up of a collection of more than 900 newspaper clippings, published in the 19th century specifically for farmers and ranchers, this 574-page book is a treasure trove of information and advice for the benefit of farmers and servants.

The book is richly illustrated with some 260 illustrations, and the text is consistent because the publishers at the time, aiming for simplicity of style, wrote in plain English.

Because the book La gazette des paysans is being published at the author’s expense, Philippe Fournier is able, in his own way, to raise funds for the benefit of the Missisquoi Museum by donating to the Missisquoi Historical Society a percentage, totaling $7,000, from the sale of five hundred books.

The book will be available for pre-sale, between July 30 and August 17 inclusive, both at the Missisquoi Museum (450 248-3153 or and from the author (450 248-3076 or The Museum will offer each of the first fifty buyers a free admission ticket to the museum. The author, Philippe Fournier, will also be at the 190th edition of the Bedford Fair, from August 8 to 11 to meet readers and sign his work.