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A three day conference in Gatineau Quebec with a series of lectures and guided tours devoted to the Ottawa River.
OTTAWA RIVER HISTORY UNDER SPOTLIGHT
Historians are gathering in Gatineau, Quebec this spring to help the Quebec Federation of Historical Societies (FSHQ) mark its 40th birthday with a series of lectures and guided tours devoted to Canada’s legendary Ottawa River.
“La Riviere des Outaouais : de la rÃ©alitÃ© Ã la lÃ©gende” is the theme of this year’s conference, co-sponsored by the SociÃ©tÃ© d’histoire de l’Outaouais. The programme features a wide range of presentations by some of the province’s leading authorities on this historic waterway. The Ottawa or Outaouais, as it is known in French, was by turns a vital communications route for First Nations tribes, French and Englsih fur traders, lumber merchants and early settlers.
The conference gets underway Friday afternoon, June 3 with the Federation’s annual general meeting, followed by historian Pierre-Louis Lapointe’s keynote speech, entitled: “Geography, history and the definition of regional identity.” Most of the weekend presentations will be held in French. Participants may sign up for the entire conference or register for attendance at presentations and workshops of their choice.
For a complete conference programme and list of registration fees, please visit the FÃ©dÃ©ration des sociÃ©tÃ©s d’histoire du QuÃ©bec’s offical website at www.histoirequebec.qc.ca. By telephone, call 514-252-3031 or toll-free, 1-866-691-7202
WHERE: Maison du Citoyen, 25 rue Laurier, Gatineau
WHEN : June 3, 4 and 5, 2005.