Héritage Sutton – Discover the history of Sutton (Quebec)

Are you intrigued by history? Are you convinced our heritage needs to be preserved? So are we. Sutton’s historical society Héritage Sutton educates while preserving memories. It researches, interprets, preserves and shares the artefacts that tell the region’s and its inhabitants’ history. A journey through time to which you are all invited, even the younger ones who now have their own space, Youth Corner, where they can visit the past while playing.

What’s New

Job offer

The Héritage Sutton Historical Society, located in Sutton, Québec, is looking for a candidate for a period of 10 weeks – June 6 to August 12 – to assist the Manager of a cultural project that will highlight the inauguration of its new space. You will contribute to the conception, the planning and the application of enhancement strategies of Héritage Sutton’s collections and archives, the promotion of archival donations and the activities and services of the organization. You must have been a full-time university during the 2015-2016 school year and have the intention of continuing those full-time studies in the next year. This job is for you if you like challenges and are at ease with persons of all ages, if you have the ability to explain things in laymen’s terms, have intellectual and methodical rigor, have a good sense of organizational methods, master administrative software (Word, Excel, Power Point) and can work autonomously. French and English language skills are required.
You are interested? Send us your résumé to heritagesutton@gmail.com or by mail to Héritage Sutton, 32 rue Principale Sud, Sutton, Québec J0E 2K0. Only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

A century ago

A century ago, World War 1 was raging. More than 150 Sutton residents fought in the allied ranks; 25 were killed in action.

Your Legion in cooperation with Heritage Sutton will honour their memory. On Remembrance Day (11 November yearly) the Legion will give homage to those who gave their life a hundred years ago. In 2015, Gordon Cook, Joseph Hall and George Whitford will be remembered. Their descendants, if there are still some in the area, are invited to the ceremonies which will take place at the Veterans’s Park on Maple Street.

Heritage Sutton publishes a dossier on the Suttonites who took part in the bloody conflict. «Une Histoire de courage» authored by Jocelyn Vachon. The names of some 175 fatal casualties and soldiers of Sutton and Abercorn are listed.

We are moving!

In 2016, Héritage Sutton will move to a new space as part of the expansion of the town hall. This is excellent news as the historical society will now have acces to a vault for the conservation of its archives and a larger space to welcome the public.
It is also a challenge. Héritage Sutton will need to upgrade its furniture and equipment, purchase specialized supplies, publicize this new space and support the increased activity level resulting from this move.
A fund raising effort is therefore launched. All donations to the Townshippers’ Research & Cultural Foundation with the mention Héritage Sutton – Fonds de développement on the cheque will result in the issuance of a tax receipt for the amount of the donation. We are also looking into the possibility for Placement Culture to match those donations via its matching program.
The Héritage Sutton team is counting on you for this transition to be a success thus allowing it to better fulfill its mission of preserving the community’s collective memory.
Please send your donations to:
Townshippers’ Research & Cultural Foundation with the mention Héritage Sutton – Fonds de développement
100-257, rue Queen, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7.

The Héritage Sutton team thanks you for your support of this very important development project.

Héritage Sutton Historical Society publish a 24th History Sketchbook

Cahiers24As usual, the proposed content is rich. Several ethnic groups contributed to Sutton’s development. The Irish and the Scots were among the first. Whether they came directly or via the United States, they set down roots here and have left their mark. We used the correspondence of an immigrant woman toward Upper Canada to relive the voyage from the British Isles, discovering through her eyes and her pen the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Saint Lawrence River in the 1830s, the entry point to Canada during the first half of the 19th century. Héritage Sutton, at the request of the Town of Sutton, carried out an inventory of the cemeteries and burial plots on its territory. Here, we summarize the conclusions of this 5 year endeavour. Finally, throughout the last 75 years, several transactions were effected by the township and the town in order to protect potable water sources and the integrity of the Sutton mountain tops. They are the subject of an analysis.
Happy reading !
On sale at Le Cafetier, Farfelu and Art Libre galleries, at the Tourist Information Bureau and at the second-hand shop Les bons débarras, or by writing to heritagesutton@gmail.com. The summaries of all the published booklets can be read on History sketchbooks summaries.

Zoom on Sutton’s cemeteries

Patrimoine funéraire 2016A virtual guided tour of Sutton cemeteries brought out a full house on February 21st when close to 100 people filled the AGP room to hear bioarcheologist Robert Laroque describe the old cemeteries scattered along country roads.
This conference presented the result of five years of historical research and field inventory taken on and financed by the Town of Sutton, one of the rare towns in Québec to have adopted a Policy for the maintenance and conservation of its cemeteries.
It demonstrated the richness of this very diverse funeral patrimony and aroused the population to the need for vigilance in order to prevent unhappy human interventions and raise their consciousness to respect, conserve and enhance these open-to-the sky archives that are cemeteries..

Héritage Sutton goes back to school

On February 23rd, the historical society partnered with the Town of Sutton to present to 5th and 6th grade students, Francophone and Anglophone, historical tales about the life of pioneer families, the fabrication of potash and the Big Fire that destroyed the core of the village in 1898. Héritage Sutton presented two verbally commented photomontages that gave students an understanding of the facts behind these tales.