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HHS Monthly Meeting 19:30 - Monday, October 10th. 2016

Martin Hofton, long-time resident of Hudson and amateur historian, who has spoken at previous events (e.g. The Dragon Explosion, Hudson Hosiery, Pine Lake history), will recount the tragic sinking of the SS Atlantic near Halifax in 1873.


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Golf Course Designer Graham Cooke Speaks at the February 13 Meeting of the Hudson Historical Society

Date and Time: Monday February 13, 7:30 P.M.

Place: St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road Hudson

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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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Rencontres sur la rivière des Outaouais

Les relations entre Amérindiens et Européens, aux XVIIe et XIXe siècles


La rivière des Outaouais est au coeur de l’histoire que nous allons vous raconter au fil de ce texte. Formée à la suite du retrait du glacier sur le territoire du nord-est de l’Amérique du Nord, il y a environ 12 000 ans, la rivière des Outaouais s’impose rapidement comme voie de communication centrale qui permet l’accès à l’ensemble du Canada. Ainsi, en suivant son cours, le canotier peut atteindre l’intérieur du territoire du Québec par le biais de ses tributaires, se rendre vers la baie d’Hudson ou encore poursuivre sa route vers les Grands Lacs et l’Ouest du Canada. Les Amérindiens ont rapidement découvert son potentiel et en ont fait un réseau de communication et d’échanges réunissant les tribus amérindiennes de l’ensemble du continent. Cela s’est mis en place, il y a environ 5 000 ans. C’est d’ailleurs ce réseau de communication qui permet la rencontre des Européens et des Amérindiens, au début du XVIIe siècle, objet central de cette histoire.

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8 January 2007 Meeting - Tragic sinking of the SS Atlantic

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

In the early 1990s an uncle in England contacted Hudson resident Martin Hofton about an obscure link in their family’s history. Did Martin know anything about John and Sarah Jones and their sons John and Arthur?

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Lumber rafts

Lumber rafts

Lumber rafts pass in front of "La mission du lac des deux montagnes" (Oka) church. This is a Bartlett print.

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The Como-Oka Ferry

The Como-Oka Ferry

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Voyageurs, farmers, steamboat captains and more

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