If you plan to tour Quebec’s Eastern Townships this summer, make sure you visit the Eaton Corner Museum to see its new permanent exhibit, A Tale of the Townships, that opens tomorrow, June 7.
The exhibit tells the story of the early settlers in historic Compton County, beginning with the Aboriginals who first fished and hunted there. It continues with the arrival of the first English-speaking homesteaders from New England and then from the British Isles in the early 1800s, and the French speaking settlers who came later. You will discover how each of these groups has left a mark on the local history, culture and architecture.
Home Children exhibit
The museum also has one of the best collections in Canada of memorabilia and archival materials telling the story of the thousands of orphaned or abandoned children who were brought from England by religious and philanthropic institutions to live with Canadian families as farm labourers or domestic servants between 1869 and the 1940s. About 8,000 of them came to Quebec.
If your ancestors lived in this region, the museum may be able to help you with your research. On the Home page of their website, they write: “We have genealogy information on many local families, as well as volumes of Townships history, individual family histories, ancestral charts and other documents available for study. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you’re sure to discover something fascinating along the way. Access to the Archives & Library and research support are available by appointment.”
The museum will also hold special events throughout the summer.
July 20: Traditional Hymn Sing
Aug 10: Old Fashioned Day
Aug 16: Medicinal Herbs
Sept 27: Heritage Car Rally
Visit the museum’s website for more information.