Westmount Room in Westmount Public Library, Architect Robert Findlay, 1910

Westmount Room in Westmount Public Library, Architect Robert Findlay, 1910

WHA events

The Westmount Historical Association hosts a number of events each year. These include two lecture series, several walking tours, and exhibitions of photographs and other material from our Archives.

Please consult our website regularly for upcoming activities offered by the WHA.

Lectures are free for WHA members, $5 at the door for the public.
Doors open at 6:30 pm unless otherwise indicated

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CHANGING WESTMOUNT INSTITUTIONS


Our winter/spring lecture series will be about CHANGING WESTMOUNT INSTITUTIONS. This series focuses on four institutions with historic roots in lower Westmount that have undergone many changes over the past decades.

Lectures

THE LOCAL NEWS: The role of Westmount’s newspapers in shaping the community

THE LOCAL NEWS: The role of Westmount’s newspapers in shaping the community

SPEAKER: Don Sancton, former editor and publisher, The Westmount Examiner, and David Price, founder and editor, Westmount Independent

Continuously for the past 84 years – since February 1935 – Westmount has been served by weekly newspapers, dedicated exclusively to it. They have not only told Westmount’s story, they have helped build and shape the community. Two people intimately tied to that history will discuss the role of these newspapers in the past and why a dedicated local voice remains crucial to the community today.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

1-3 HILLSIDE AVENUE: From Riding Academy to Armoury

SPEAKER: Susan D. Bronson, MOAQ, heritage consultant

In 1910, an imposing red brick edifice was designed for the Mount Royal Riding Academy and Stable at 1-3 Hillside Avenue, adjacent to the M.A.A.A. grounds. This talk will explore the design and construction of this building, best known as the Hillside Armoury, and its history over the last century.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

MONTREAL BICYCLE CLUB

SPEAKERMalcolm McRae, co-founder of the new Montreal Bicycle Club

The Montreal Bicycle Club, established in 1878, was one of the first bicycle clubs in North America and one of three founding clubs of the M.A.A.A.  Born in the penny farthing era, the club blossomed during the worldwide bicycle craze of the 1890s, only to suddenly disappear in the early 20th century.  Now almost forgotten in a new age of bicycle popularity, its history and relevance today is explored.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

WESTMOUNT PARK SCHOOL: Moving On

SPEAKERPaul Saunders, former principal of Westmount Park School

In 1914 a new high school opened just south of Westmount Park. It is today’s Westmount Park Elementary School. Paul Saunders will describe the fascinating evolution of this beloved building, with many personal anecdotes.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Walking Tours

No events scheduled

Exhibitions

No events scheduled