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NEWSLETTER – January 2020

Well, the Holidays are past and we have survived the first wintery blast of 2020. To all of our members, we wish you all the best in this, the first year of a new decade of making history in Morin Heights.

2019 was a very productive year for MHHA both in terms of community involvement and advances in our operations. The April presentation on Ancient Civilization in our region was extremely well accepted and our participation in Journée de la Culture, in conjunction with the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network was our largest ever. Superfolk gave us an opportunity to interact with the public, talking about the storied history of music in Morin Heights. Finally, our Heritage Awards Dinner honouring the Val des Neiges Day Care and Laura Davis Nesbitt was a meaningful and fun evening resulting in Laura`s descendants donating her famous ``Pioneer Quilt`` to the stewardship of MHHA and the Municipality. Many thanks to Andrée Gauthier Schmeckel for her generous donation of a painting for auction.

In the area of operational advancements, MHHA has purchased a new computer in order to accommodate the installation of ArchiLog, a program designed for maintaining archives that will facilitate storage and maintenance of our archival materials.

And now for the really big news!!
As you can see by the graphic below, the announcement of our new website has been anticipated since before Mickey`s Café became Mickey`s Café! We are proud to announce, some 120 years later, that it is finally up and running. The fully bilingual site is chock-full of information, including videos, in different categories and an on-line store and membership options. A ``Featured Article`` will be changed every quarter.

Setting up the site was an enormous effort for which we must thank Brigitte Simon for uncounted hours at the computer, David Townsend for his technical guidance and François Leroux for his masterful translation. We should also recognize the work of Joy Kirkpatrick on our original site from which much of the material was taken.
We hope that you, the members, will share our pride in the site and that you will visit it often to see updates and news at: www.morinheightshistory.org


Dates to mark in your calendar
April 19 – Spring presentation “The Development of Skiing in the Laurentians” by James Jackson.
June 14 – Annual General Meeting

Best regards
Doug Simon, President