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NEWSLETTER – JULY 2024

Another year has been added to the history of our community and MHHA has been a part of it by participating in important community events and promoting our interesting and important history.

  • For Journées de la Culture, we presented a display of pictures and artifacts depicting buildings and businesses that were an important part of our community’s past.
  • In January, the first “Mayor’s Heritage Awards Dinner” was a huge success, Honouring Don Stewart for “Lifetime Achievement” and the Peter MacLaurin home for conservation of a heritage building.
  • Michelle Prevost, James Jackson, Don Stewart, Christiane Lefebvre and Monique Laforest were deeply involved with the Local Heritage Council, an important group involved with identifying heritage buildings in order for the municipality to recognize and preserve them and to support provincial grant applications.
  •  This year again, Don Stewart, publisher of “Porcupine” magazine, took advantage of our annual meeting to present to us the content of our 16th edition of this local history treatise that your Association proudly publishes annually.
  • As a follow-up to our General Assembly, James Jackson made a very interesting presentation entitled “If Jackson Creek Could Talk” as he retraced the formation and development of the large watersheds of Canada and more particularly that of Jackson Creek and Simon River.
  • These activities are in addition to the meticulous work of our group of archivists under the responsibility of Gayle Schwartz, which consists of sorting, classifying and computerizing the documents and artifacts relating the history of our region since its earliest days.  https://morinheightshistory.org/archives/
  • Brigitte Simon volunteers as our webmaster. She posts ``Featured Articles`` on our website: stories from past Porcupine issues and texts of presentations. These make interesting reading and will increase your knowledge of our community.  Here is a link to the latest one, ``The Pinetree Line: CFS Lc St. Denis``, but don`t hesitate to look at the others that are archived there.  They are good rainy-day reading. While on the site, check out the other pages for interesting information, or to purchase some of our publications. https://morinheightshistory.org/category/featured-articles/

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

It takes a strong, dedicated team to maintain this activity, and we have added two people to our Board of Directors who are great additions for our plans moving forward.

Kathy Rose has been working with our archives group for more than a year, bringing the experience of having worked in museums in Ontario. She was elected to the Board at the AGM and will act as liasson to the archives group.

Mike Tott was also elected to the Board, bringing an extensive amount of experience in marketing and advertising to help us with promotional efforts.

Suzanne Rankin has stepped down from the Board, but will continue to apply her organizational experience to events such as the Mayor`s Heritage Dinner as a volunteer.  We thank her kindly for her years of service to the Association.

The remaining seven members from the previous Board have been re-elected to continue as follows: Doug Simon, president, James Jackson, vice president, Michelle Prévost, secretary, Rob Rankin, treasurer, Nicolem Bélanger-King, community relations, Don Stewart, editor of Porcupine, and Robert Chartrand, grant research. https://morinheightshistory.org/mission-statement/2019-board-of-directors/ 

 MEMBERSHIP: While many of our activities are made available to the public, membership does have its privileges. While we ask for a small fee from the public, for presentations, they are free to members.  Members receive advance notices to all events, and in the case of the AGM, may vote on issues and on the election of Board members.  Recognizing the importance of our history, members can be proud of supporting our efforts. There will be a separate notice sent to members in a week or so, outlining changes to membership privileges.  Watch for it!

In addition, don't forget to regularly visit our website to take advantage of our other publications, to purchase our various products or even offer a gift of membership to the Morin-Heights Historical Association.

DATES TO TAKE NOTE OF:

September 29 – Les Journées de la Culture, featuring a photo display of past community events

November 23- The Mayor’s Heritage Awards Dinner

 Sincere thanks for your interest and your support!

Doug Simon, president MHHA