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

The latest news from Héritage Sutton

First, some sad news. Héritage Sutton Vice President Georges Létourneau has passed away. Colonel and military doctor, retired, he was almost 91 years old, had lived in Sutton for 33 years and was an active member of Héritage Sutton for more than 30 years. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his commitment. We will miss him.

On a happier note: the position of project coordinator for The word of the elders for which Héritage Sutton received a grant of more than $ 100,000 (see our website www.heritagesutton.ca) has been filled. Twenty-eight people sent their CV and Dominique Parent was chosen after a rigorous selection process. Expect her to call upon you in her search for people who can bear witness to Sutton’s past and others who might be interested in getting involved in this exciting project.

The departure of Mr. Létourneau and the appointment of Dominique Parent leave empty chairs on the Board of Directors of Héritage Sutton. If you are interested in a position on the board or know someone who could be, please let us know by email at the following address: heritagesutton@gmail.com. To learn more about Héritage Sutton, visit our web site (www.heritagesutton.ca) or come see us. We are located in the town hall and open on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to noon. We will welcome you with great pleasure.

To preserve and highlight seniors’ oral histories in Sutton

As part of the Quebec Friends of the Elderly program (QADA) sponsored by the Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, Francine Charbonneau, Heritage Sutton will receive a substantial grant, up to $106,200 over two years, to preserve and enhance the oral histories of local seniors.

In order to trace the history of Sutton, its region, and the people and families who wrote it, the Sutton-based historical society has collected and preserved the oral testimonies of many local seniors. Interviews conducted between 1960 and 2010 resulted in a bank of nearly one hundred life-stories. Most of these interviews were recorded in formats that make them hard to consult and so access to this historical gold-mine has become difficult and very limited.

This significative initiative first aims to transfer the existing interviews to digital media, to index them and to transcribe them if necessary, the aim being both to preserve these precious testimonies and to make them easily accessible.

The project also aims to organize meetings to continue to enrich this bank of oral history: new, individual interviews, workshops gathering seniors to discuss old photos, workshops bringing seniors and non-seniors together; all recorded on audio or video.

Finally, activities to highlight and bring to life this rich source of living history are planned. Several avenues will be explored including short live events based on testimonials and presented to various audiences, exhibitions, educational projects, publication of thematic portfolios on the web and articles in the History Sketchbooks of Heritage Sutton, etc.

To carry out this project, the Heritage Sutton Historical Society has teamed with two partners. The Management Committee of the Sutton Junction Community Hall, will participate in the coordination of the project: identifying new oral histories and finding people to conduct the interviews and lead group activities; they will also loan their premises and facilities. The cultural organization, Cœur du village, and the Salle Alec et Gérard Pelletier, will present to various audiences live staging of oral-histories, provide technical services and loan their venue and its equipment. With deep roots in culture and the community, each partner brings valuable expertise towards the success of this most stimulating project for the entire population of the region.

A « historical » gift

If you have a lover of history among in your entourage, Héritage Sutton has the following gift suggestions for you.

For $25, you can offer a one-year membership in Héritage Sutton,that includes the two History Sketchbooks published by the historical society every year.

You can also offer the complete collection of the sketchbooks (27 volumes) with two display cases featuring old photos. All for $150. You can also purchase individual booklets on our web site where you will find their summaries or only the display cases. Each sketchbook sells for $5, the display cases cost $20 each or 2 for $35.

Visit our web site ‑‑heritagesutton.ca—to make your purchases via Paypal or write to us at heritagesutton@gmail.com.

Héritage Sutton launches a 28th History Sketchbook

The Sutton Junction Community Hall celebrates 125 years of activity. Heritage Sutton takes this opportunity to tell its story and to browse the north side of the original Township of Sutton doted with many particular places. This anniversary, which will be highlighted throughout the year by several festive events, is also an opportunity to present six of the pioneer families of this hamlet where solidarity is a way of life : the families Côté, Derby, Draper, Emerson, Pagé and Royea. Melanie Davidson brings her grandfather Cecil Carr . born in Sutton Junction, to life, who, with her grandmother Ola, has left a lasting memory in many a Suttonian.

This new sketchbook can be found in the following outlets: Le Cafetier, Farfelu and Art Libre galleries, Nath’elle boutique, Bons débarras thrift shop, Bureau d’information touristique and, of course, at Héritage Sutton.

2017 Sutton Volunteer Recognition

The Héritage Sutton Historical Society was named as the Volunteer Organization of the year at the 2017 Sutton Volunteer Recognition evening held on Thursday, November 16 at Les Rochers bleus. A huge thank you goes out to all our volunteers and partners whose many hours of work contributed to this honour. The photo shows Jeanne Morazain, Héritage Sutton’s president accepting this tribute in your name.”

A window onto Sutton’s past

Starting September 7, residents, visitors and tourists alike will be able to discover a fascinating photographic history of Sutton’s rue Principale. This free exhibition can be visited at any time; all you need to do is make a trip to Sutton before October 15.

Circa 1900. Cutter’s Tin Shop, , George Cutter and J.H Smith (right). -730/N/002 Collection Brome Country Historical Society

Presented by Heritage Sutton historical society, the exhibition entitled Vitrines sur le passé is displayed in the windows of 24 businesses along Sutton’s lively rue Principale as well as at the Town Hall. Archive photos from the years 1890 to 1925 are displayed beside recent photos, creating a dynamic contrast between the appearance of buildings past and present. “This exhibition reflects the evolution of our architectural heritage over time,” explains Katherine Godbout, initiator of the project. “The exhibition is a window onto an earlier era; it is also an opportunity to discover the modern-day shops, galleries and restaurants that add to the charm of Sutton. Many of the local businesses joined us in this adventure along with the support of the Corporation de développement économique de Sutton and the Town of Sutton. We are all really looking forward to it.”

Visitors are also invited to stroll through the d’Arts et de Rêves cultural park at the northern end of rue Principale. Don’t miss the ten digital paintings by Louis Lefebvre, entitled Les Chemins de l’histoire, made using photos and documents from the Heritage Sutton archives.

Both exhibitions are part of a circuit called Objectif Photo-Cantons-de-l’Est comprising 12 organizations each presenting indoor and outdoor photo exhibitions during May to December 2017. These 12 exhibitions highlight a wide variety of photographic practices, both in terms of form and the subjects explored.

Theatre Maple, Sutton – 830/K/002

Participating in this circuit: Heritage Sutton, the cultural park of d’Arts et de Rêves, Arts Sutton gallery, the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, the Sacristy of Saint-Venant-de-Paquette gallery, the Community and Cultural Center Françoise-Dunn, the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Center, the Art Gallery of the Université de Sherbrooke Cultural Center, the Brompton Arts and Culture Center, the Parcours Photo Sherbrooke, the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Center in Valcourt and the Beaulne Museum in Coaticook.

Contact: heritagesutton@gmail.com

Stories of the Wars

A hundred years ago during World War 1, over 150 Sutton residents were fighting with the Allies in Europe, and 25 of them lost their lives. Héritage Sutton archives revealed letters from soldiers at the front. Extracts are published in the 25th History Sketchbook just off the presses. To know more about these courageous men who fought in the 1914-1918 and the 1939-1945 World Wars, and how it affected the people of Sutton, read our new booklet entitled Stories of the Wars.

New coordonnates

Héritage Sutton is now situated in the town hall extension at 11, rue Princiaple sud, Sutton, J0E 2K0. Telephone 579-380-9437.

It is with great pleasure that we will welcome you there on Wednesday mornings between 9:30 a.m. and noon or upon appointment. Access is by the back of the new section. Parking on Pine Street when the town hall lot is full.

There are several reasons to visit: buy History Sketchbooks ($5 each) or a display case ($20) to house your collection, discover ways to give us a hand, consult our archives or our reference library where you’ll find a lot of material about Sutton, the Eastern Townships, Québec, New England and First Nations. Or, just come to share; we are always happy to meet you.

Call for volunteers !

To achieve its 2017 priorities, four work groups with specific themes have been created, the only remuneration being the pleasure of sharing knowledge, the discovery of historical facts, or simply to work with others. Four themes are proposed.

Genealogy. To identify relevant sources and to learn to use research tools in order to respond to queries from people wanting to trace the presence of an ancestor in Sutton.
Archive donation. To define a protocol framing archive donations and to propose a support method to persons and families wanting to make a donation.
Oral history. To determine a strategy for the collection and the processing of the testimony of elders and to coordinate the actions to take in the same way.
Buildings patrimony. To identify relevant sources and to learn research tools in order to document the history of the occupation of buildings of patrimonial interest.
To show your interest, send us an e-mail – heritagesutton@gmail.com – give us a call -579 380 9437- or just stop by.