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

Upcoming Lectures 2022

THE TWO FACES OF MONTREAL’S IRISH COMMUNITY

Speaker: Françoise Baby
Regardless of whether they left the Emerald Isle to seek their fortune or because of the Great Famine, Irish immigrants clearly left their mark here. Some became bishops, entrepreneurs, senators or industrialists, while others, living in abject poverty, simply tried to survive as labourers. Although only a few streets separated Griffintown and the Golden Square Mile, they were worlds apart. Come make the acquaintance of these resourceful, endearing and resilient Irish and learn about their invaluable contribution to our society.

Date: October 20, 2022 – 7:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom presentation for WHA members only

Additional Information: Speaker: Françoise Baby, trilingual Montreal tourist guide, specializing in walking, biking, and cultural/tasting tours around Montreal. The pandemic inspired her to turn some of her tours into on-line presentations. She will discuss this transition, talking to us about the strong Irish heritage found just outside Westmount’s borders.

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HERITAGE MONTREAL’S ARCHITECTURAL TOURS: WALKING THE NEIGHBOURHOODS OF MONTREAL

Speaker: Nancy Dunton, member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Montreal, consultant specializing in the presentation of projects on architecture, teacher at the McGill School of Architecture, co-author of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal
What makes a walking tour such a good way to see and understand the architecture of a city? Sometimes it’s a chance to see and learn about a building or a park that you’ve walked past for years but didn’t notice; sometimes it’s the sudden insight into what makes a particular street remarkable; sometimes it’s the discovery of a neighbourhood of the city that you have never been to before. Since 1988 Heritage Montreal’s volunteer guides have been presenting architectural walking tours designed to enhance our understanding of our built heritage. This talk will look at how these tours have evolved and how they continue to help us look at the city around us.
Date: November 17, 2022 – 7:00 pm

Location: In-person at the Westmount Public Library or via Zoom

Additional Information: The in-person presentation will be held in the Westmount Room of Westmount Public Library. During Covid, the capacity is limited to 40 to allow for adequate spacing. When this number is reached, registrants will be sent a Zoom link. The Zoom link to the presentation will be sent to WHA and WPL members who request it. It will begin punctually at 7 pm. There will not be a recording for later viewing.

DOCUMENTING LOCAL HERITAGE

Due to the pandemic, the April lecture was co-sponsored by the Westmount Public Library and given remotely in 2021, and David Lanken exhibited his work at the Gallery in Victoria Hall in the spring of 2022.

Prominent Westmount Women

Changing Westmount Institutions

Westmount Parks and Gardens over the Years

Shaping the Future: Westmount & Beyond

Westmount Anniversaries

Memories of Westmount: Exercises in Oral History

Strolling the Streets of Westmount

The Visual Arts in Westmount

Repurposing Buildings in Westmount

Walking Tour Posters