In honour of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network is planning something very special for its 2017 Convention and Annual General Meeting. We’ve teamed up with our colleagues at the Fédération Histoire Québec, and are jointly hosting a convention in Montreal that will span three days from May 20-22. The event promises to be exciting and stimulating for enthusiasts of heritage and history.
Day 1 (Saturday) will include training sessions in French and English for staff and volunteers associated with non-profit heritage groups. The English session will focus on funding diversification, such a vital topic for our cash-strapped heritage sector. These sessions, which will take place at the Hôtel des Gouverneurs in Montreal, will be followed by the AGMs of QAHN and the FHQ, which will be staggered so that attendees wishing to attend both may do so.
An evening cocktail will take place at the splendid Masonic Temple on Sherbrooke Street. Here, visitors can mingle, take a guided tour, enjoy the music of the Elgin & District Pipes and Drums, and hear Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal give the keynote speech.
Day 2 (Sunday) will take place entirely at the Hôtel des Gouverneurs, and will feature a range of conferences, several of them in English. There will be heritage displays, an evening cocktail and banquet, and awards ceremonies, including presentations of QAHN’s 2017 Marion Phelps and Richard Evans awards. Finally, Day 3 (Monday) will be devoted to heritage tours in and around the city. One tour, given in English, will include visits to St. Patrick’s Basilica, Silo No. 5 in Montreal’s Old Port, and historic Hurtibise House in Westmount.
Participants may pick and choose what they wish to attend, or they can attend everything. Both AGMs are free. All we ask is that you be sure to register. And, as space is limited, you should register early!