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Centre d'interprétation de l'histoire de Sherbrooke (Société d'histoire de Sherbrooke)

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Date Founded: 
1927 (Historical Society); 1992 (Interpretation Centre)
Mission: 

larger_img_0307.jpgKnown until 1989 as the Eastern Townships Historical Society, the Société d'histoire de Sherbrooke retains its original mission, which is to preserve local heritage and promote the history of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships in general. The way the territory of the Eastern Townships was divided, occupied, and transformed remains the Society's primary interest. Since 1992, the Society has occupied part of Sherbrooke's historic former Post Office building (1885), where it manages an Interpretation Centre and Archives. The mission of the Archives is to collect and conserve archival collections, complete these holdings, and make them accessible to researchers; to initiate and encourage research in regional history; to interpret and publicize the results of that research; and to collaborate with other organizations.

Physical Description: 

Located in the historic former Post Office building in downtown Sherbrooke.
a) Centre d'interprétation de l'histoire de Sherbrooke. Two exhibition halls.
b) Archives/Library.
c) Boutique du Centre. Features regional crafts, books, and pamphlets.

Collections: 

larger_img_0302.jpgManuscripts, iconographic records, sound tracks, maps, plans, local and regional newspapers and magazines, books on regional history, and artifacts of ethnological and historical significance. The Archives currently have over 450 collections and 40,000 photographs, and receive about eight linear metres of documents each year, which are processed as rapidly as possible. They possess a specialized library of 7,000 volumes pertaining to regional history and to the history of Quebec and Canada. They also contain the Hayes Collection, named after the first president of the Society, who bequeathed to the organization his collection of works on Canadian history, Irish history, and 19th century medical manuals.

Special Activities: 

Permanent exhibition. Thematic and travelling exhibitions. Educational programmes for school groups (please inquire). Outdoor activities: walking or car tours of heritage sites around Sherbrooke, highlighting the town's history, architecture, and natural, religious and industrial sites. Guided tours of the Magog River Gorge. Displays and guided activities at Frontenac Power Station. In the Archives, qualified historians and archivists and a modern computer system are at the service of visitors.

Publications: 

Please inquire.

Business Hours: 

Regular Season:
Interpretation Centre:
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Groups (by appointment only).
Archives:
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed.
Summer (late June to early September):
Interpretation Centre:
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Archives:
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed.

Fees: 

Annual membership: $25.00 (individual); $40.00 (family); $15.00 (student); $60.00 (corporate, non-profit); $120.00 (corporate, for profit).
Free entry for members to the Interpretation Centre and the Archives.
Groups welcome (reservations required).

Languages:

English
French
Address: 

275 Dufferin, Sherbrooke, QC, J1H 4M5.

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Telephone: 
(819) 821-5406
Fax: 
(819) 821-5417