Artist Rendering of the Musuem of the Richmond County Historical Society

Mission statement:Located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the mission of Richmond County Historical Society is to collect, research, conserve and share the history of Richmond County and vicinity. RCHS maintains an archive accessible year round by appointment and a seasonal museum with bilingual guides.

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Located in an 19th century home which has served as a hospital and an inn over the years, the Museum has been furnished with donations from the community as a typical home in the era of the last century. The Society offers guided tours of the Museum during the summers as well as group tours to schools and other organizations.

Address: 1296 Rte. 243, Melbourne Township

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The society maintains an archive with historical papers and documents of particular interest to Richmond County. These documents include paper records (letters, diaries, journals and other unpublished written materials); photographs and other visual records; maps, plans and architectural records; sound recordings and oral history tapes; printed material (eg. local newspapers, books), electronically stored data and the records of the Richmond County Historical Society.

Address: 1257 Rte. 243, Melbourne Township

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The society has a selection of publications relating to the history of Richmond County that are available for purchase at the museum or by contacting the society directly.

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Calendar of Events 2014
Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. movie at Richmond Regional High School. Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World- $3.
Sunday, May 25, 12 noon Pancake Brunch/AGM. Speakers: Michel Plourde and Genevieve Treyvaud, Archaeologists from Laval University. Topic: Abenaki Heritage at Odanak, Quebec. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1169 Rte. 243 in Upper Melbourne.
Friday, March 8 Launch of the DVD Here’s to the Family Farm by Keith Whittall and Vicky Moulton, at the United Church in Richmond at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 10, 2014 Exhibition of Richmond Rail photo panels and information at Bishops’ University History Week.
Tuesday, March 18 RCHS hosts the meeting of the Eastern Township’s Chapter of the Federation of Quebec Historical Societies at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall – a representative from Richmond County Agricultural Society will speak at lunchtime.
Wednesday, April 30 Scott Woods Concert, Richmond Regional High School, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 7 at Odanak, Quebec. Please reserve by May 25 by calling Don at 819-826-2793. See details below.
Sunday, June 22 Ice Cream Social. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Market Space, Upper Melbourne Town Hall, rain or shine.
Saturday, July 26 Quebec Quilt Registry at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall from 9:30 – 2:15. See information below.
July 26-27, Friday to Sunday afternoons, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Exhibition of paintings and handcrafts by guest artist, Richere Orzechowski at the Museum.
Sunday July 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m an English Tea will be served at the Museum
Sunday afternoon, August 17 Musical entertainment by Louis- Philippe Hébert at the Museum.
September 28 Art Gala
An Art Gala will be held in Richmond on Sunday, September 28. It’s a unique event because it brings together both literature and art. There will be a reception at which there will be a book signing of Nick Fonda’s new book, Hanging Fred and a Few Others, and an art auction. His biography of Coburn focuses largely on the sixth decade of the artist’s life, the years following his wife’s death.
Frederick Coburn (1871-1960) was once Canada's best-known painter. The "few others” referred to in the title are: Madeleine Audette, Pauline Boudreau, Aaron Edson, Minnie Gill, France Jodoin, Madeleine Lemire, Stuart Main, Mary Martin, David Nortcliffe, Denis Palmer, Kevin Sonmor, Stephan Starenkyj, and the late Gordon Pearson. Thanks to the generosity of the contemporary artists featured in the book, the paintings which appear in the special edition of “Hanging Fred and a Few Others” will be put up for sale by auction to raise funds for the Richmond County Historical Society and the Centre d’Art de Richmond.
The launch will be part of the Art Gala at the Centre Ste-Famille, 155 Craig St in Richmond, Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will feature music by Francine Beaubien. There are two ways that patrons, friends and supporters of the two not-for-profit organizations can take part. One is by pre-ordering a limited-edition, hardcover copy of Hanging Fred and a Few Others before September 21 (or while copies last) at a cost of $60 and receive free admission for two to the Art Gala and Auction. The other is to attend the Gala, at a cost of $30 per person. To order Hanging Fred and a Few Others, or to attend the Gala, contact Le Centre d’Art de Richmond, either by phone at 819-826-2488 or by email at or by contacting Simon Langeveld at 819-826-1923. This is an exceptional opportunity to celebrate Townships artists and support local organizations.

Sunday, October 26, at 12 noon Harvest Luncheon at Le Temps des Cerises in Danville. Guest speaker; Dr. Desmond Morton. His topic concerns World War One and its significance. Why we should remember.
Sat/Sun., November. 15-16 Richmond Artisan Show. Details t.b.a.
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  • Richmond County Historical Society holds an Annual General Meeting in the spring and a Harvest Luncheon in the autumn as well as monthly executive meetings. The Museum Opening Brunch and the annual Ice Cream Social are popular fundraisers. Special exhibits of the history of the region and arts and crafts are displayed at the Museum and Archives Centre each season.

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Richmond County Historical Society
1296 Rte 243
Melbourne Township, Quebec, Canada
J0B 2B0
Email: e-dhealy@
Phone: (819) 826-1332
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