NEWSLETTER – December 2020
It certainly has been an eventful year. If you consider that every day we are making history, I wonder how future generations will view the Global Pandemic of 2020. It will probably fade into the past like the polio epidemic of the 50s, the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 - 20 and many others that have gone before. Historical documents, both scientific and social, will provide valuable information for people dealing with whatever may happen in the future (the use of face masks was recorded for people dealing with Bubonic plague). This is the importance of historical record keeping.
At MHHA, the Board of Directors has continued to function with Zoom meetings and have kept up essential activities while respecting Covid-19 regulations. We have had an exciting and productive year in spite of the circumstances, but we hope to return to more normal activity and public profile in the new year.
Those of us who have eaten at La Grange restaurant have, no doubt, been impressed by the collection of Morin Heights memorabilia including dozens of historic photographs, old winter sports equipment, the neon sign from the Commons Hotel, the wooden sign from the Bellevue ski school and the door from Ernie Woods’ police car among many other artifacts. The display was a virtually a museum of Morin Heights, lovingly collected by Michael Tott, original owner of the restaurant. To our great pleasure, Mike has donated these items to the Association, and the Municipality has agreed to display them at various facilities such as Chalet Bellevue and the Library, satisfying his request that the items be put on public display. Many thanks, Mike!
Another major acquisition for our archives was the donation by Shirley Captain of many binders containing genealogical information on the families that settled in our area. Shirley is a former Secretary and Treasurer of MHHA and we are grateful and excited to have this invaluable addition to our archives.
Cover-up at the Morin Heights Historical Association
The roof at the Bunny Basler Historical Centre had seen better days and needed new shingles to protect our precious archives. With commercial quotes too high to consider, we decided to go with volunteer labour, so with the invaluable help and direction of Jason Pickering of Comforts Bar, the Board members rolled up their sleeves and got the job done at a saving of $ 4000.00
Our Facebook page now has more than 450 group members and has become a popular medium for discussion, questions and answers on historical topics. Many thanks are due to Brigitte Simon for developing and maintaining the page. Please feel free to post items of a local historical nature and to join the conversations.
In association with the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, we held a presentation by James Jackson on “The Development of Ski Trails in the Laurentians”. James’ extensive knowledge and enthusiastic presentation skills made for an excellent and informative speech. Normally such an event would have drawn a large audience at the Chalet Bellevue, but instead it was broadcast on Facebook. To see this wonderful presentation, go to our “Events” page that has a link to the presentation.
In closing, we at MHHA wish everybody the best possible holiday season with good cheer and most importantly with good health.
For the Board of Directors and the volunteers
Doug Simon, president