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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Museum season - 2015
Please note: The original museum at 1296, Route 243 will be open for visitors beginning July 1 - August 9 because of ongoing renovation work at the Manse. The hours are 1:00 to 5:00, Wednesday-Sunday and by reservation. Call (819) 826 -1332.

Coming soon: the new Museum
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Located in a 170 year old home in Upper Melbourne which had served as a manse for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church ministers, the newly acquired museum will soon be furnished with donations from the community as a typical house of the last century. It is expected that the old Museum at 1296 Route 243 will continue to serve for part of the 2015 season. The Society will offer guided bilingual tours of the Museum as well as group tours for schools and other organizations.

Address: 1161 Route 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 These documents include paper records (letters, diaries, journals and other unpublished written materials); photographs and other visual records; maps, plans and architectural records; sound recordings and oral history tapes; printed material (eg.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: 1161, Route 243, Melbourne Township as of June 1, 2015.

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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 2015
Tuesday, April 14 7:00 p.m. Scott Woods Concert Richmond Regional High School, organized by Phyllis Crack.
Sunday, May 24, noon. Pancake Brunch and Annual General Meeting at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 1169 Route 243 in Upper Melbourne. Guest speaker: Rod MacIver will discuss Scots heritage in Southern Quebec.
Sunday, June 21. Ice Cream Social 1.00 – 4:00 at the Market Space, Upper Melbourne Town Hall 1159, Route 243. Rain or shine.
September 19 - 8:30. Scots Heritage Tour in Gould/Scotstown area with Rod McIver as guide. Leave the Manse parking lot (1161 route 243) in Upper Melbourne at 8:30
Sunday October 25 , noon. Harvest Luncheon at Le Temps des Cerises, Danville. Speaker t.b.a.
November Artisan Show in Richmond. Date t.b.a.
Special Note

June 19-21, 2015. The Quebec Family History Society presents Roots 2015 – An international conference on family history in Quebec at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest English language genealogical conference held in Quebec.

Some featured speakers are: Gary Schroder, President of the Quebec Family History Society; Lesley Anderson, Teacher and Consultant with; Edward Zapletal, Publisher, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine; Ed McGuire, President of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogy Society; Glen Wright, Author and Lecturer; Johanne Gervais, Computer Specialist and Genealogist; Deborah Robertson, Librarian and Genealogist; Lorraine Gosselin, Lecturer and Genealogist; Marilyn Gillespie, Professional Photographer; Luc Lepine, Author and Military Historian; and Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, Historian and Archivist with Bibliothéque et Archives Nationales du Quebec.

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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.

Contact Info
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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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