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Marcellin Farand dit Vivarais - Remembered

Did you ever wonder where the Vivery River received its name? It was not named after a famous restaurant (sorry, Christos and Nick), but after one of the early European settlers in the area, Marcellin Farand dit Vivarais. He dammed the river, and built a mill beside it in the 18th century.
If you would like to learn more about him, or the remnants of the mill still visible along the river, please join the Hudson Historical Society on Monday, January 11, at 7:30 PM. We are meeting at St. James Church Hall, with Maben Poirier and Pat McCaffrey presenting this interesting bit of our very local history to us.
There will also be books available, including the latest "Steam, Fire, and Ice" discussing Hudson industries, and the history of St-Thomas parish.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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Book Evening at the Historical Society. November 9 2009

The Hudson Historical Society invites you to St. James Church Hall on Monday, November 9th, at 7:30 PM for a book review. After all, there is nothing more comforting on a fall evening than curling up by the fireplace with a good book. We promise you at least two! This is a special evening, as we discuss a brand new publication from the Hudson Historical Society, our first in French. This book, as edited by Maben W. Poirier, describes the history of the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and its people. We are very proud of this publication, as it is our first in French. The second book that will be discussed will be another new topic for our meetings, a work of fiction. It will, however, be based upon historical fact, and will have a distinctly local flair. We will keep you guessing as to the title, but please come by and learn about some great fall reading.So please join us at St. James Church Hall on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 7:30 PM.


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Hollywood in Hudson

This Thanksgiving day, October 12 2009, please come and digest your meal to a special evening with the Hudson Historical Society. Lambert "Scot" Gardiner will be presenting "Hollywood in Hudson", a feature that he prepared for the Hudson Museum to showcase a collection of films that were made here in the Hudson area. His collection goes from the sublime (Joshua Then and Now) to the ridiculous (have you seen "I'm Not There"?).

This presentation will be entertaining, and hopefully interactive, as may of us will surely recall meeting famous people in and around town. This collections was put together by Scotty, but was based upon the support of many locals, including our resident superstar, Roy Elliott.

So please join us at St. James Church Hall on Monday, October 12 2009, at 7:30 PM.


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Museum 4

Museum 4

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Museum 3

Museum 3

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The Museum 1

The Museum 1

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May 2009 Meeting. The Centennial of the Hudson Yacht Club 1909 - 2009. By Rod Hodgson.

Hudson Yacht Club Regatta Day 1924Hudson Yacht Club Regatta Day 1924

 

 

 

 

 

At our May meeting, local historian and author, Rod Hodgson, will talk about the first one hundred years of the Hudson Yacht Club.

Using many archival photos and short films, Rod will talk about the early days of the Club, the heyday of the wooden yachts, the swimming pool and the club activitiies and achievements over the years.

The evening promises to be a gala start for the Hudson Yacht Club Centennial year of 2009 and the Hudson Historical Society extends an invitation to members of the HYC past and present to join our meeting.

The meeting will be on Monday, May 11th 2009 at 7:30 pm at St. James’ Church Hall.


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Hudson Yacht Club Regatta Day 1924

Hudson Yacht Club Regatta Day 1924

Regatta Day Hudson Yacht Club 1924


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Regatta Day 1924, Hudson Yacht Club

Regatta Day 1924, Hudson Yacht Club

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April 2009 meeting. The History of the Como-Oka Ferry by owner Claude Desjardins.

 The Como-Oka FerryThe Como-Oka Ferry

Hudson Historical Society Marks 100 Years of Ferry Service to Oka - Martin Smith writes:

One of the favourite tourist features of Hudson is the Oka Ferry. As I mow my lawn on Saturday mornings, I am regularly asked by passersby where the ferry is located (along with requests for directions to Finnigans, and the Willow Inn). Over the years, the unique tug and barge system kept us fascinated, and in awe of the skill of the crews to perform the docking procedure (you know what I mean)!

I have been a regular user of this service since university days. My first experience was as part of a car rally, but have since regularly used it while cycling. The ferry also gives me a practical short cut when driving to visit my parents in the Lanaudiere. I am a regular.

This year marks 100 years of operation of this service. On Monday April 13th, Claude Desjardins will share stories and photos from over the years. From its humble beginnings to today's modern and unobtrusive self-propelled units, the story of le Traversier Oka should be one to enjoy. The presentation will be bilingual, and Claude will answer questions in either language.

Please join us at St. James Church Hall at 7:30 PM on Monday April 13th to enjoy this visit with our past, and perhaps our future.

Martin Smith


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