Since 1897, the Brome County Historical Society has endeavored to preserve, protect, and promote the history of Brome County, which once included the Townships of Brome, Bolton, East Farnham, Potton, and Sutton. Our beautiful campus, located at 130 Lakeside Rd. in Knowlton, is home to seven buildings, three of which are currently open to the public: the Centennial Building, which houses our office, gift shop, and special exhibits; the Old Courthouse, which houses our archives and is available to rent for meetings; and the Marion Phelps Building, which houses our Children’s Museum and is also available to rent for activities and parties. The remaining four buildings, the Paul Holland Knowlton House, the Academy, the Martin Annex, and the Old Fire Hall will be open from mid-May to mid-October. These house the bulk of our extensive collection of museum artefacts.
In addition, the BCHS offers year-round programming including special exhibits, events, and activities. Two ongoing exhibits feature topics of local interest. The first is the history of the maple sugar industry in the Eastern Townships which will run to Saturday, April 1st and tells the story of maple syrup production from the early days of the indigenous peoples to today. The second is the story of the legacy of the Canadians, including that of local soldiers who fought in France a century ago. The Children’s Museum will host a number of events for kids, including School Break from February 27 to March 3.
We hope you will pay us a visit soon. More information about the BCHS can be found on our website at www.bromemuseum.com. Please consult the Regional Calendar in this edition of Le Tour for more information on our activities.