IMPORTANT NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION

The City of Beaconsfield is working closely with the provincial health authorities regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and it had decided to close, on March 13, 2020, municipal facilities offering activities to the public, in order to respond to the risks of potential infections in our region.


Following a survey with members and friends, the Board of Directors of SHBBHS has decided to resume its lectures as of October 2020 but in virtual mode.

Check our website regularly as some last minute changes are possible.

Until further notice, the lectures will be in virtual mode and available free for everyone.

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The theme for the lectures of the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society

starting in February 2021 "Transportation"

will take you to a journey on land, on water and even into space

Everyone welcome. 

Free for members; $2 for non-members
Become a member for $5 per year 

InformationContact us

Until further notice, the lectures will be in virtual mode and available free for everyone.

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Évolution des transports à Beaconsfield

Speaker: Pauline Faguy-GirardDesbarats PONYCART 1940s Web
When: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 19:30 - 21:00
Where: In virtual mode

Lecture in French followed by a bilingual question period.

For this lecture you must register in advance using the following link:

(the link will be supplied here one week before the lecture)

Select your Zoom language preference at the bottom right corner of the page.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on March 18. Keep this new link as you will use it to connect on the day of the virtual lecture. You could join around 7:15 p.m. giving you enough time to set in. The lecture will start at 7:30 p.m.

S 22833 1MabelMcNameeNeale WebPauline Faguy-Girard will present an overview of the different modes of transportation in Beaconsfield over the years. From canoeing on Lake St. Louis to the different modes of transportation used on our territory and by the citizens of Beaconsfield, of all ages.

Pauline Faguy-Girard is interested in history and more specifically to Beaconsfield’s history since 2004 when she joined the historical society. Through the years, she has been secretary, treasurer and, since 2018, President of our historical society.

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The Thermopylae’s Canadian Odyssey

Speaker: Alexandre Reford, historien
When: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 19:30 to 21:00

Where: In virtual mode

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period.

For this lecture you must register in advance using the following link:

(the link will be supplied here one week before the lecture)

Select your Zoom language preference at the bottom right corner of the page.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on February 18. Keep this new link as you will use it to connect on the day of the virtual lecture. You could join around 7:15 p.m. giving you enough time to set in. The lecture will start at 7:30 p.m.

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Scouring for a ship that could get a ready supply of rice to their recently opened mills in Victoria, British Columbia, Robert Reford tasked his partner John Dillon to find the right vessel. Dillon was told about the Thermopylae. “Dillon is having much trouble to get tonnage for Victoria,” Reford wrote his son, “and has as a dernier resort about made up his mind to purchase a sailing ship. He cabled me the names of several he was offered and we finally decided to bid on one called the Thermopylae…she is in fact one of the famous Aberdeen clipper tea ships…”
So began Robert Reford’s odyssey as the owner of the one of the fastest and most famous sailing ships ever built – the Thermopylae. Rival of the Cutty Sark, she was beautiful, sleek and fast, built to get the finest teas from China to the teacups of Britain’s aristocracy. Decades after her launch, Robert Reford bought her to transport rice to his new rice mill in Victoria. It was a short-lived and most disastrous investment. It brought Reford and his Montreal shipping agency and rice milling firm fame if not fortune. Historian Alexander Reford will tell the story of this fascinating episode in maritime history of the last of the clipper ships.

 

 

Alexander Reford is the I 04720z 1director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens. Educated at the University of Toronto and Oxford University he is the author of several books on Quebec history and gardens. He is a frequent contributor to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and is the author of the biographies of Lord Mount Stephen and Lord Strathcona and his great great grandfathers, Robert Meighen and Robert Reford.

Des jardins oubliés 1860-1960,

Guidebook to the Reford Gardens,

Au rythme du train 1859-1970,

Elsie’s Paradise – Reford Gardens,

Treasures of Reford Gardens - Elsie Reford’s Floral Legacy,

The Metis Lighthouse.

 

 

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The Railway Industry: from the Beginning to the Pandemic

Speaker: Paulo Zegarra-Llerena2021 05 20 PauloZegarra Llerena Train
When: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 19:30 - 21:00
Where: In virtual mode

Lecture in English followed by a bilingual question period. 

For this lecture you must register in advance using the following link:

(the link will be supplied here one week before the lecture)

Select your Zoom language preference at the bottom right corner of the page.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on January 21. Keep this new link as you will use it to connect on the day of the virtual lecture. You could join around 7:15 p.m. giving you enough time to set in. The lecture will start at 7:30 p.m

2021 05 20 PauloZegarra LlerenaPaulo Zegarra-Llerena will talk on the history of trains:

The Conception : the idea behind the conception of the train
The Development : from the beginning to our present days
The Importance : the railway network in Canada and Quebec
Pandemic : the adaptation through the years and now with Covid 19

The experience of Paulo Zegarra-Llerena goes from automation systems, to machine shop repairs then to the aeronautic and railway industries. He is passionate about technology advancements and new ways of energy generation, especially green energy and bio-developments.

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