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--April 12, 2012.

larger_fhq.jpg47th Annual FHQ Convention -- Register Now!

QAHN cordially invites you to register for the 47th annual convention of the Fédération Histoire Québec. This event, sponsored by the Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke, in collaboration with QAHN, will take place in Sherbrooke, May 25-27, 2012.
The theme this year is Eastern Townships history. Presentations will explore three broad topics: “Land of Passage,” “Place of Settlement,” and “Home of Communities.”
New this year, and reflecting the English-speaking roots of the Townships and the bilingual makeup of the region, speakers will present in either French or English.
A Few Program Highlights:

Friday, May 25:
AGM, Fédération Histoire Québec.
Cocktail and special exhibition, Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke.
Banquet, Granada Theatre. Keynote speaker: Jean-Pierre Kesteman.
Performance by theatre group Traces et Souvenances.
Saturday, May 26:
Nicole O’Bomsawin (Abenaki history) – French.
Éric Graillon (pre-European history) – French.
Peter Southam (Irish settlement in the Townships) - English.
Micheline Dumont (Sherbrooke, fertile ground for feminism) – French.
Guy Laperrière (religious communities in the Townships) – French.
Barbara Verity and Gilles Péloquin (explorer David Thompson) – English.
Buffet lunch. Presentation: Léon Robichaud (history and digital media) – French.
Harold Bérubé (small and medium-sized towns in Quebec) – French.
Monique Nadeau-Saumier (Chemin des Cantons) – French.
Pierre Rastoul (early days of the press in the Townships) – English.
Round table discussion on recent historical research in Sherbrooke – Bilingual.
Michèle Vatz-Laaroussi (effects of modern immigration).
Catherine Desbarats (New France) – French.

Banquet supper; FHQ awards ceremony.

Sunday, May 27:
Excursion 1 -- animated tour of Sherbrooke’s outdoor frescoes.
Excursion 2 -- self-guided walking tour of old Sherbrooke.
Excursion 3 -- Victorian tea, Uplands (Lennoxville); organ concert, St. Mark’s Chapel (Bishop’s University).
Excursion 4 -- visits to Beaulne Museum (Coaticook) and Louis Saint-Laurent National Historic Site (Compton).
Representatives of local historical societies and members of the general public may view the entire program online at:

Attendees may download registration forms, and are free to pick and choose what they wish to attend. Participants may register for one lecture, or they may attend the entire three-day event.