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JOAN ROTHMAN: Supporting Protestant Public Schools

JOAN ROTHMAN: Supporting Protestant Public Schools

SPEAKER: Claire Holden Rothman, Montreal author

Claire Holden Rothman will talk to us about her mother Joan Rothman’s life and accomplishments. Joan Rothman pushed for the first French immersion programme in Quebec and went on to serve as a school commissioner for decades in the Protestant school board, as well as sitting as a member of Westmount City Council.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

WESTMOUNT PARK SCHOOL: Moving On

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

MONTREAL BICYCLE CLUB

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

1-3 HILLSIDE AVENUE: From Riding Academy to Armoury

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

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

December Social: Projecting the WHA's Image

December Social: Projecting the WHA’s Image

Join us for our traditional December celebration with drinks and sweets in the Gallery at Victoria Hall. We will have an opportunity to see how the WHA’s image is projected visually through its website, newsletters, and posters.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 13, 2018 (Gallery at Victoria Hall), from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

35 Years of Residential Landscape Evolution: From Impatiens to Club Med

35 Years of Residential Landscape Evolution: From Impatiens to Club Med

SPEAKER: Myke Hodgins. Principal Architect, Hodgins et associés, architectes paysagistes

Over the past 35 years, Hodgins & Associés has earned a reputation for building high quality landscapes with an emphasis on collaboration, innovation and ageless design. This talk will discuss the different ways Westmount private gardens have evolved over the past generation along with observations on redefining residential spaces within a contemporary vision.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

The Diggers and Weeders Garden Club: Memorable people and events since 1932

The Diggers and Weeders Garden Club: Memorable people and events since 1932

SPEAKER: : Miriam Tees. Professor (retired), School of Information Studies (SIS), McGill University

The Diggers and Weeders Garden Club was formed by a group of women in 1932. Still today, members learn to improve their own gardens and flower arrangements and engage in activities which benefit their communities. This lecture will recall some of the more active Westmount members and memorable events of the club over the years.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Westmount Houses of Worship

Westmount Houses of Worship

Join the WHA and the City of Westmount on September 30th for a guided
walking tour of Westmount houses of worship. We will visit the
interiors of St. Matthias, Ascension of Our Lord, St. Leon de
Westmount, and Westmount Park United Church on this 2 hour tour,
presenting the history and architecture of these buildings and others
on the route.

DATE AND TIME: Sunday, 30 September at 2 pm.
LOCATION: Lawn Bowling Club, 401 Kensington Avenue
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Parks and Open Spaces: 1890-1990

Parks and Open Spaces: 1890-1990

SPEAKER: Ron Williams. Professor (retired), School of Landscape Architecture, Université de Montréal

Favoured by an ideal southern exposure, Westmount’s location on the slopes of Mount Royal provides a magnificent natural setting. Over the years, its unique resources were exploited by enlightened citizens and municipal officers to create a variety of parks and open green spaces. This talk will explore some of these fascinating spaces and their development in relation to the city’s evolution.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Jane's Walk 2018

Jane’s Walk 2018

 

Walk along the commercial stretch of Greene Avenue in Westmount with the Westmount Historical Association. The tour will focus on Greene’s evolution over more than a century, its architecture, recent changes on the street, and current issues. This southeast sector of Westmount is presently undergoing a much-needed revitalization. A great deal of discussion has occurred concerning future developments.

DATE AND TIME: Sunday, May 6, 2018, : English 2:00 (with 2nd tour at 2:15, if necessary)
French 2:30

LOCATION: 4141 Sherbrooke St. W. (Rain or shine)

In the dark shadow of Montreal: Westmount and the Metropolitan Challenge (1880-1939)

In the dark shadow of Montreal: Westmount and the Metropolitan Challenge (1880-1939)

SPEAKER: Speaker: Harold Bérubé, Prof. Univ. de Sherbrooke ; author: Des sociétés distinctes: Gouverner les banlieues bourgeoises de Montréal, 1880-1939

Early in the 20th Century, Montreal’s suburbs were confronted by the central city’s territorial ambitions. This lecture will explore the complex role played by Westmount and its municipal elites in Montreal’s “metropolitan revolution”. The city played a key role in building a balanced metropolitan government.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 19, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Protecting Our Heritage: Setting Up Westmount’s System

Protecting Our Heritage: Setting Up Westmount’s System

SPEAKER: Mark London, PAC chair 1987-93 & 1998-2001; past Executive Director, Martha’s Vineyard Commission

In the 1980s and 90s, Westmount’s Architectural and Planning Commission set up an integrated system of heritage conservation. It rated every building in the city and linked this rating to a comprehensive set of guidelines. Mark London will discuss this initiative, which he led, and will touch on how it compares with efforts elsewhere.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Repurposing Churches: Westmount & Montreal

Repurposing Churches: Westmount & Montreal

SPEAKER: David Hanna, Assoc. Prof. Urban Studies,UQAM; member of Westmount Local Heritage Council

Repurposing churches is more an art than a science, as each church is distinct and each project unique. The speaker, former head of Montreal’s Quebec Religious Heritage Council, will present diverse cases of repurposing, chosen for their close adaptation to the original building and the qualities of the project.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Zoning Pioneers: Westmount & Manhattan

Zoning Pioneers: Westmount & Manhattan

SPEAKER: Raphael Fischler, Assoc. Prof. Urban Planning, McGill University

The New York City zoning ordinance of 1916 is seen as the first comprehensive zoning code on the continent. But by 1909, Westmount already had a full set of land-use regulations that amount to a modern zoning code. The origins, content, and meaning of New York’s 1916 code are well known; those of Westmount deserve to be discussed as well.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

December Social: Celebrating the Aline Gubbay Photo Archives

December Social: Celebrating the Aline Gubbay Photo Archives

PLACE: The Gallery at Victoria Hall

In summer 2017, the WHA began digitizing its entire photo archives. Join us for our traditional December social, while viewing some of the images which are now inventoried, scanned, and conserved. This project was carried out with financial support from the City of Westmount and the Aline Gubbay Memorial Fund.

DATE AND TIME: December 14 21 , 2017 from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: The Gallery at Victoria Hall
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

The Montreal Camera Club: an Overview of 125 Years

The Montreal Camera Club: an Overview of 125 Years

SPEAKER: Ann Pearson, fine art photographer & educator, programme chair MCC

The Montreal Camera Club evolved from a precursor group in 1892. Linked to the Notman family, it later amalgamated with the Camera Club at the Montreal Athletic Association. In 1932, the MCC again became a separate entity. This talk will cover the history of the club up to the present. An exhibition of members’ photographs of Westmount will be up in the Gallery at Victoria Hall from Nov.9 to Dec.8.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Congrégation de Notre-Dame: 360 Years Ago in Montreal

Congrégation de Notre-Dame: 360 Years Ago in Montreal

SPEAKER: Prof. Gary Evans, University of Ottawa

In 1658 Marguerite Bourgeoys formed a non-cloistered order, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND), with the mission of educating the children of Ville Marie. This talk will cover her legacy in Quebec’s education system. It will include the complex history of Dawson College, located on the Atwater site of the CND’s former mother house.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Westmount Square: 50 Years On

Westmount Square: 50 Years On

SPEAKER: Francine Vanlaethem, Professeure émérite, École de design,UQAM; chair, Docomomo Québec.

The history of Westmount Square, designed by celebrated architect Mies van der Rohe and opened in December 1967, will be traced. The first battle for modern heritage in Quebec in 1988 was a result of renovations to the complex. Actions taken to preserve Mies’ works elsewhere will be presented.
The speaker will alternate between French and English.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

WHA Fall 2017 Walking Tour

WHA Fall 2017 Walking Tour

On Sunday, October 1st, 2017 join the Westmount Historical Association for a guided tour of Sherbrooke Street in Westmount, in English at 1:00 pm. The walk begins at Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Southeast corner) on Sherbrooke Street, west of Atwater between Wood & Vignal. It ends at Prince Albert Square near Claremont. Along the way, the history and architecture of this section of Sherbrooke Street will be discussed. Free tour & no reservation required.

L’Association historique de Westmount vous invite à participer à une promenade guidée en français de la rue Sherbrooke à Westmount, le dimanche 1 octobre 2017 à 13 h 30. Le point de rencontre aura lieu aux Jardins Queen Elizabeth (à l’angle sud-est) situés sur la rue Sherbrooke à l’ouest de l’avenue Atwater entre Wood et Vignal. La promenade se terminera au Square Prince-Albert près de la rue Claremont. Tout au long du parcours, vous découvrirez l’histoire de ce secteur de la rue Sherbrooke et son architecture. Visite gratuite et aucune réservation nécessaire.

T.C. Bulmer: a ‘Father’ of Westmount

T.C. Bulmer: a ‘Father’ of Westmount

SPEAKERS: Mika Goodfriend, Photographer

Stationer, city councillor, real-estate developer: by 1888, Thomas Campbell Bulmer was the largest land owner in Westmount. With his sons, he built 44 homes, of which 27 remain today. Mika Goodfriend will explore Bulmer’s life through interviews with his descendants, current owners of his homes, and archival research—uncovering a rich history of one of the most important, yet largely forgotten, figures who shaped our city.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Women Volunteers in Westmount during World War II

Women Volunteers in Westmount during World War II

SPEAKERS: Sandra Stock, QAHN & WHA member, and Doreen Lindsay, Past President of WHA

In 2015, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) sponsored an exhibition on the contribution of housewives to the war effort during World War II. Sandra Stock, from QAHN, will describe the project as a whole, while Doreen Lindsay of the WHA will tell the stories of three Westmount women she interviewed for the project.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Ross Eveleigh Johnson: From Westmount to Eternity

Ross Eveleigh Johnson: From Westmount to Eternity

SPEAKER: Nicolas Paquin, author & novelist

Nicolas Paquin’s latest young adult novel, entitled Théậtre de guerre, was inspired by, and is dedicated to, the memory of Ross Eveleigh Johnson (1922-1944). The author will speak about the short life of this Westmounter, a flying officer and pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, who was killed during World War II. He will discuss how he found inspiration in Johnson’s short life, using mainly correspondence to further his knowledge.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Life-Story Interviews with Westmounters

Life-Story Interviews with Westmounters

SPEAKER: Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer, oral historian

As a professional oral historian, Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer has engaged in a range of oral history projects. These include a study of the St. Andrew and St. Paul Church for Laval University, an exploration of the once-vibrant life of 11 small Jewish communities for the Ontario Jewish Archives, a major study of Montreal Life Stories at Concordia University and video-biographies of private individuals including Westmounters and former Westmounters. Sharon’s talk will give an overview of her adventures in oral history and of the passion for oral history that animates her work.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

December Social: Honouring Doreen Lindsay

December Social: Honouring Doreen Lindsay

Join fellow WHA members and invited guests in the Gallery at Victoria Hall to honour Doreen Lindsay, past president of the Westmount Historical Association. This festive evening will celebrate her many achievements in the WHA. We will mark the occasion with seasonal refreshments.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

From Road to Path: the Greening of Summit Circle

From Road to Path: the Greening of Summit Circle

SPEAKERS: Cynthia Lulham, Westmount Councillor and Commissioner of Sustainability and Parks,
with Nicolas Mory, arborist for Westmount

In 2009, Westmount closed the northern, uninhabited portion of Summit Circle to traffic. In fall 2016, a footpath will replace the asphalt, and in spring 2017, a large number of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials will be planted. Learn about the City’s plans for this transformation from Cynthia Lulham.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

The Changing Face of Dorchester

The Changing Face of Dorchester

SPEAKERS: Theodora Samiotis, Ward 8 City Councillor, with Caroline Breslaw, WHA President

In the mid-1960s, all the Victorian residences on Dorchester Boulevard’s north side were expropriated and demolished, so that Dorchester could be widened. The homes to the south faced empty lots and institutional buildings. Caroline Breslaw will outline the area’s
important past as the first eastern gateway to Westmount. Theodora Samiotis will explain the Council’s vision for restoring the urban fabric in the south-east area of our city.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

WHA Fall 2016 Walking Tour

WHA Fall 2016 Walking Tour

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Westmount Historical Association conducted a guided tour of Sherbrooke Street in Westmount, in English at 1:00 pm and in French at 1:30 pm. The walk began at Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Southeast corner) on Sherbrooke Street, west of Atwater between Wood & Vignal and ended at Prince Albert Square near Claremont. Along the way, the history and architecture of this section of Sherbrooke Street were discussed.

The Rise of  Sherbrooke Street in Westmount

The Rise of Sherbrooke Street in Westmount

SPEAKER:Lorne Huston, Historian

With its striking monumental architecture, its stately apartment buildings and its little neighbourhood shops, Sherbrooke Street shows different facets of our city’s personality. Historian Lorne Huston will discuss how various factors have shaped the character of this street over time.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Gabor Szilasi: My Life and Work in Photography

Gabor Szilasi: My Life and Work in Photography

SPEAKER: Gabor Szilasi: My Life and Work in Photography

Gabor Szilasi has been a major influence as a documentary photographer in Quebec over the past fifty years. He has influenced many young photographers through teaching at Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Concordia University. After a retrospective exhibition originating in Joliette in 2009 and travelling across Canada, he was awarded the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2009 and honoured with the 2010 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Gabor has made his home in Westmount, while photographing in rural Quebec, Europe, and the USA. He will show his photographs and explain the circumstances surrounding each image.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

CHARLES W. KELSEY: The Craft of Stained Glass

CHARLES W. KELSEY: The Craft of Stained Glass

SPEAKER: Rosalind Pepall, former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

English artist Charles Kelsey (1877-1975) arrived in Montreal in 1922 with a professional training in the art of stained-glass windows. He established himself in Westmount, and went on to produce windows for churches and homes all over Montreal and Quebec in the tradition of British Arts and Crafts design. The presentation will look at the technique, craftsmanship, and subjects of Kelsey’s work in stained glass.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Norma Shearer: From Grosvenor Avenue to Sunset Boulevard

Norma Shearer: From Grosvenor Avenue to Sunset Boulevard

SPEAKER: : Oksana Dykyj, Head of the Moving Image Resource Center, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University

Norma Shearer, one of the biggest Hollywood movie stars of the 1930s, began life in Westmount before moving to New York and then Hollywood, following a path taken a few years earlier by Torontonian Mary Pickford. Through photographs and film clips, Oksana Dykyj will contextualize Shearer’s life and career within the realm of film and cultural history on both sides of the border.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

THE BEAVER HALL GROUP: Some Westmount Links

THE BEAVER HALL GROUP: Some Westmount Links

SPEAKER: Elena Kruger, Volunteer Guide, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Beaver Hall Group gave new impetus to painting in Canada. A number of the artists in the short-lived group lived, were educated, worked, or had family connections in Westmount. Some of their paintings depict people or scenes from our city. Works of this diverse group, made up of male and female painters, can currently be seen at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Elena Kruger will present the ties to Westmount.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510