Main Street News - December 2019
MHHA Heritage Awards Dinner
The Morin Heights Historical Association held its 4th annual Heritage Awards Dinner at the Chalet Bellevue on Friday October 25th. This year’s honourees were Laura Davis Nesbitt (posthumously) for her contribution to the preservation of local history, and the Val des Neiges Day Care for the preservation of a historical building, the Joseph E. Seale home. The Daycare, represented by Director Mary Weekes and Board member Sebastien Wolczyk, was recognized for preserving the architectural integrity of the Seale home throughout several additions and renovations as the daycare grew.
Laura Davis Nesbitt was the first to record the history of Morin Heights in publishing “Morin Heights 1855 – 1955”. She was our first female councillor, and produced the famous “Pioneer Quilt” for the 125th anniversary celebration. 15 descendants and relatives of Laura were present, travelling from as far away as B.C. for the evening. The family made a surprise announcement that they were donating the famous quilt to the Municipality. Mayor Tim Watchorn graciously accepted and promised that a suitable site would be found for its display. Andrée Gauthier Schmekel kindly donated a painting of the old railway station for a raffle that was won by Mary Weekes.
Distinguished by its quality and originality, we are pleased to announce that your activities, Mi'gmafrica and Conference and Exhibition: "Diversity and achievements of English-speaking Quebec", were chosen by our team to be part of the 23rd edition of the Journées de la culture, which will be highlighted in our press releases and relations, as well as on social networks.
Main Street News, summer 2019
How well do you know the Town of Morin Heights?
The Morin Heights Historical Association announces the launch of a “Heritage Tour” brochure featuring descriptions and photographs of 37 historically significant sites and the stories behind many buildings that we pass by so often without a further thought. It contains maps of a walking tour of the village, and of sites in the surrounding area that can be seen on a short automobile or bicycle tour. The purpose of the brochure is to highlight our proud history, and to promote tourism in our area as part of a program of the MRC des Pays d’en Haut. It was produced entirely through volunteer effort by François Leroux and Don Stewart of the MHHA, and with enormous help from volunteers Judy Rogers, Brigitte Simon and Neil Stewart. The printing was funded by grants from the Municipality of Morin Heights and the MRC des Pays d’en Haut. Free copies are available at the Town Hall, the Library, the Aerobic Corridor building and Marché Vaillancourt.