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February Meeting. The Story of the Dragon Munitions Factory 1907-1917

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The picture shows a tranquil scene where the meandering Rivière Raquette crosses Route 342 a mile east of Rigaud. But on a Saturday morning in August 1917 it was far from peaceful. It was hell on earth when the wartime munitions factory of the Curtis and Harvey Company disappeared in a series of explosions as workers and residents fled the scene among showers of flaming debris.

At our meeting on February 9th, Martin Hofton will talk about the various types of explosives which were made there, the history of the Curtis and Harvey Company and the events surrounding three explosions during the Company's ten year occupation of the site.

The meeting will be at 7:30 pm at St. James's Hall. See you there! Dragon Explosion (1917)Dragon Explosion (1917)


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Dragon 2008

Dragon 2008

Present day view of Dragon


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The Museum is Open!!

  

The new Hudson Museum and Tourist Information Centre opened its doors to coincide with the Hudson Street Fair on August 1 2009.  By means of old photos, artifacts and video screenings. the Museum presents a lively overview of our Town's history.

It will also function as a Tourist Information Centre where visitors will be able to  find directions to our wonderful hiking trails, Sandy Beach, the Greenwood Centre for Living History and other interesting local attractions. We hope in time to accumulate more artifacts and historical information about Hudson and the immediate surrounding communities of St Lazare, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Rigaud and Ste Marthe to make this small museum an integral addition to this amazing community. 

If you have any artifacts that you would be willing to donate or loan to the Museum for its display, please contact us via this link.

Please note that we have not yet established our regular opening hours, so please refer back to this site for more information.


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New Home of the Hudson Historical Society

New Home of the Hudson Historical Society

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Members of the Executive Committee

Updated May 2017 

PRESIDENT                             Paul Laflamme

PAST PRESIDENT                     Maben Poirier


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Last Meeting Monday November 10 2008 at 7:30 pm

St. James Anglican Church, 642 Main Road, Hudson

"BLOODY VICTORY"
New WWII Documentary
Produced by St.Lazare Historian David O’Keefe<!--break-->
David O’Keefe has presented two documentaries on the Normandy invasion to the Hudson Historical Society. The first, Black Watch: Massacre at Verrières Ridge, tells the story of the ill fated (or ill advised) raid on Verrières Ridge. The second, Bloody Normandy tells the story of Canadian infantrymen during the last year of the Second World War.


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March 12, 2007 Meeting: "That Was Then" by Thelma McCourt

7.30pm, St. James Anglican Church, 642 Main Road, Hudson

One of the most popular features in the Hudson/St. Lazare Gazette is the That Was Then photograph adorning the editorial page. Astute readers will recall that over the years Thelma McCourt has furnished many of these photographs. Thelma McCourt, a lifelong resident of Hudson, has amassed a considerable collection of pictures of this area taken by herself, her relatives and neighbours. She also has an interesting visual record of her great-great-great-grandfather James Day, born in 1768 on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England.


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Website updates

We have just finished updating the HHS website to a new version of the content management system (CMS) that we use to run this website. We have recently been having some problems with spammers trying to gain access to the website by creating accounts or sending emails via the contact form. This new version allows us to add in some extra security in an attempt to block these people. We have also banned certain IP address from accessing this website altogether. Most are in the Ukraine, so if you know anyone there that wants to access the site, let us know.


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Next Meeting: Pioneer Families of Hudson | Les Pionniers de Hudson

St. James Anglican Church (Eglise Saint-James), 642 Main Road, Hudson

The first people to be granted land in what we now call Hudson were Louis Mallet, Jean-Baptiste Sequin, Jean-Baptiste Sabourin, Antoine Quesnel, Augustin Leduc and Pierre Villeneuve. These Hudson pioneers cleared land, built homes, explored, traded, married and had numerous children. Their descendants are still here in significant numbers today. Join us as Pat McCaffrey presents her fascinating explorations into the early days of Hudson. Date/Time: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 7.30pm Place: St. James Anglican Church, 642 Main Road, Hudson Everyone welcome!


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The new website

Welcome to the newly redesigned Hudson Historical Society website. As you can see we've almost completely overhauled the old site. We hope that this new website will become a regular stop for you while you cruise down the information superhighway.

As you might have noticed, there is a login dialog on the right side of the screen. By creating a new account, you will have the opportunity to participate in (and initiate) forum discussions. We have also given the ability to maintain your own blog (or weblog). Think of it as an electronic diary or journal. Here you will be able to write about anything that interests you, although we do hope it will have a historical slant.

In an effort to help you to use the new features of the website, we have put together a short tutorial that you can download (see the link below this message). It is a PDF file, so you might need to download the Acrobat Reader to view it. If you have a newer computer, it may already have been installed for you.

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