Canada History Week July 1-7

Former Prime Ministers, peacekeepers, a pioneer of wireless radio, one of Canada’s earliest female medical graduates…they are all a part of the Eastern Townships intricate and captivating history. Take up the challenge on Canada History Week (July 1-7) to learn more about the people and events that helped shape our country and region by visiting one of the many local museums and societies.

Discover how the Townships was first settled at the Eaton Corner Museum (374 Rte 253, Cookshire-Eaton) then listen to recorded recollections of “the old days” as told by local seniors and explore the fascinating story of Home Children – orphaned or abandoned children brought from England to live as farm labourers or domestic servants between 1869 and the 1940s.

The Brome County Historical Society Museum (130 Lakeside Rd. Knowlton) brings regional history to life with exhibits, activities and events hosted in several heritage buildings. Along with a special children’s museum, the society presents interesting permanent and temporary exhibits.

Parks Canada’s Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site (6790 Rte Louis S. St. Laurent, Compton) recalls the life and work of the former Canadian Prime Minister in a preserved rural general store.

The Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society (9 Speid Street, Sherbrooke) has a collection of close to 7,000 objects relating to the life in the region from the mid-18th century to the late 1950’s.

The Richmond County Historical Society (1161 Rte 243, Melbourne Township), which opens on July 1, maintains an archive and displays its collection of day-to-day items from the last century in a 170-year-old manse. They will soon be launching a special Women in History theme highlighting local women of note.

The Stanstead Historical Society/Colby-Curtis Museum (535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead) has preserved the cultural heritage of the region in a remarkable collection which can be viewed, along with temporary exhibits, in Carrollcroft, a classical revival-style villa built in 1859.

Throughout the year these groups and others, such as the Eastern Townships Resource Centre, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, Musée Beaulne, the Sherbrooke Historical Society, and more, are working to preserve and share Townships history. You can meet several of these historical groups at the 37th Townshippers’ Day at the Brome fairgrounds on September 17, 2016. Visit for more.

Skills Link Program Call For Proposals

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has launched a national call for proposals for the Skills Link program, which helps youth overcome barriers to employment, develop a broad range of skills, knowledge and the work experience they need to participate in the labour market. Applications must be received by August 12, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time).

The maximum project duration is three years. The total funding requested to ESDC must not exceed $5 million per year and $15 million over three years. The approval of the funding requested will depend on the availability of funds.

In order to submit an application for funding, please view the application process on the Service Canada website – – for the Skills Link program, located under Subjects>Employment and For Youth and Students near the bottom of the page.

Applicants can submit an online application for funding through the Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS), located under Online services at Those not registered for GCOS are encourage to do so as soon as possible as the registration process includes multiple steps and can take time.

For more information about Skills Link contact the programs team, Quebec Region at [email protected]

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: As with past Townshippers’ Day’s, the festival continues to give visitors a chance to learn about local history with historical groups and societies. The community can visit these groups during Canada History Week (June 1-7) and discover exhibits and activities that tell our regional story.