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History: February 2013 Archives

Whisky Fête fundraiser for McGill Scottish Chair

Whiskey Fête.pngMontreal is getting a little peaty, smokey and maybe even a little sweet!

This Friday, the St.Andrew's Society of Montreal presents its first Whisky Fête. The whisky tasting event is a fundraiser for a new Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill University.

More than 50 rare and special Scotches single-malts will be featured at the event.

Peter McAuslan, founder, president and CEO of McAuslan Brewing is a spokesperson for the event.  He's a past president of the St Andrew's Society of Montreal and is on the board for the Chair in Canadian-Scottish studies. Brian McQueenie is co-director of Ouidram, the group that organized this tasting of fine whiskeys. They join Sonali Karnick in studio.

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StoryNet: everyone has a story

Lina Condo and Terry Barter, Hooked.jpgOur stories are worth something, for what they witness and preserve -- and for their sheer entertainment value. That's the idea behind StoryNet.

StoryNet is an oral-history project created by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network.

English-speaking Quebecers across the province are invited to digitally record stories about the people, places and events that have helped shape their lives.

Their stories live on the StoryNet website.

Dwane Wilkin heads up the project. He joins Sonali Karnick in our Sherbrooke studio.

(Left, storytellers Lina Condo and Terry Barter in Richmond; photo courtesy of StoryNet)

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Treasures from the Richelieu River

English Snuff Case bottle 1715.JPGThe Richelieu River has seen a lot of action over the centuries. Historically it provided an important link between Quebec and New York - and a route for the military during the 18th-century French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

The flotsam and jetsam of that distant past are still being found on the riverbed, from arrowheads to bayonets to silver coins and shoe buckles.

Starting this coming Friday, you can see some of those discoveries at the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage. The exhibit is called Treasures from the Richelieu River.

Sean Gilmore and Derek Grout are the two divers who have spent years retrieving historical artefacts from the river. They tell Ainslie MacLellan about their finds. 

(Above, a free blown snuff bottle, dated 1715; photo courtesy of Sean Gilmore)

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