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

Héritage Sutton Annual General Meeting

Sutton historical society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Council-chamber of the Town Hall, 11, rue Principale Sud, Sutton.

Here you will have the opportunity to take note of the past year’s activities and the historical society’s financial position. Next year’s priorities will also be discussed. And lastly, History Sketchbook #27 will be released.

The meeting is open to all those interested by Sutton’s history and heritage. However, only current members have the right to vote.

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.

A 26th history sketchbook for Héritage Sutton

This 26th sketchbook just published by the historical society reveals what became of the numerous rural schools, French-Catholic as well as Anglophone-Protestant, that once were scattered all over the Sutton Township. The union of Alice Daigneault and Ovila Maurice, two widowers, gave a new roof to nine children. Alice’s grandson tells the story of this blended family. Finally, the opening of the American West led to an exodus of Suttonites. Descendants of two prominent figures from Sutton’s History, the father-and-son Drs. Frederick A. Cutter, found fame and fortune in California.

The History Sketchbooks are on sale at : Le Cafetier, Farfelu and Art libre art galleries, Sutton Tourism Office, Les bons débarras and Nath’elle stores; you can also place an order by sending an e-mail at heritagesutton@gmail.com.

PS. Due to a misprint, page 21 of this booklet has been reprinted. If you have an uncorrected copy, please send us an e-mail.

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.