Services & Events

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Lecture Luncheons

Jimmy MansonThe Peopling of the Eastern Townships – Immigration and Migration, 1825 – 1867

Saturday, September 8th,  at 10:30 a.m.
Cost $20.00 / $15 (members)
Reserve your seat before September 6th : or 819-876-7322.

On the eve of the arrival of its first wave of immigrants from the British Isles, the Eastern Townships remained an outpost of New England, much as it had been since the arrival of its first American settlers in the decade following the American Revolution.  British Colonial authorities had demonstrated, on a number of occasions since the 1790’s, their concern about the large number of Americans living in Canada.  This anxiety had been most keenly felt during the War of 1812.  The attempt to attract large numbers of immigrants to the Townships from Great Britain, was to a significant degree a response to the perceived threat to Canada, emanating from the United States.  The plan to populate the Townships with English speaking Europeans met with mixed results at best.  Between 1826 and 1839, the British American Land Company (BALC) purchased better than 640,000 acres in the Upper St. Francis region, but by mid-century the British born population of the area totaled a mere 13,338, or 23 percent of the 58,203 people who inhabited the Townships. However, the immigrants from the old country included a number of well born and influential civil servants, who operated out of the Sherbrooke area and whose policies made them unpopular with the region’s American settlers, especially those who resided in Stanstead County.

Although it was evident that British settlement in the Eastern Townships had peaked by 1851, the same could not be said of French – Canadian migration to the region.  Between 1844 and 1851 the French population of the Townships increased from 14,580 to 33,971.  Although French Canadians had made up only 23 percent of the total population of the region, according to the 1844 census, seven years later that figure stood at 36 percent.  The abolition of the Seigneurial system in 1854, followed by the large scale exodus of French – Canadians to New England,  would lead the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church to promote colonization, or group settlement, schemes in the peripheral Townships and by 1867, French speakers made up just under 50 percent of the total population of the Eastern Townships.  Thus by the time of Confederation, the Eastern Townships had become a cultural mosaic.


Jeff Packard : Good Fences make Good Neighbours : The False 45th Parallel and our International Border

Saturday, September 22nd,  at 13:00 a.m.
Cost $20.00 / $15 (members)
Reserve your seat before September 20th: or 819-876-7322.

The Quebec-Vermont border is a strangely arbitrary affair.  It cuts across the very grain of our countryside in the Eastern Townships and the Northeast Kingdom, perversely defying a landscape far more predisposed to follow its geological foundation, now expressed by lakes, rivers and mountain ranges, all of which dutifully trend north-south.  Its placement in men’s minds dates back to the Plymouth Company Charter of 1606, but it was not until 1766, following the closure of the French and Indian War and the creation of the new British colonial province of Québec, that an attempt was made to mark the imaginary line on the ground.  To a large extent the survey of the purported 45th line of north latitude was born out of avarice, and was the subject of much dispute until the signing of the Treaty of Washington in 1842.  This well-illustrated presentation traces the history of our international border in the local area and the cast of British, Canadian, American, German, Swiss and Dutch characters who placed it, surveyed it, renounced it, fought over it, arbitrated on it, re-surveyed it and finally acquiesced/compromised about it.

Dr. Jeffrey Packard:  Dr. Packard is a retired geoscientist and enthusiastic amateur historian and map-lover.  His family have been seasonal residents on the shores of Lake Memphrémagog for five generations.  Jeff and his wife currently divide their time equally between the Eastern Townships and Calgary, Alberta.


Tea Room

Tea is served from June to August
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tea Room Menu includes Tea, Scones, Devonshire cream, a cookie selection, cakes, and jam.
Per person: $10

Victorian Garden

The Stanstead Historical Society has developed a garden inspired by Carrollcroft’s nineteenth-century gardens and opened it to the public. Visitors can stroll the walkways or relax on one of the garden benches. There are beautiful peonies, irises, roses and other old-fashioned flowers to admire.

Carriage House & Mansur School

In the carriage house next to Carrollcroft house, visitors can explore many of the Society’s larger, more rustic artifacts, including agricultural implements and tools from various trades, sleighs and a rare and admired Concord stagecoach, built about 1870 and fully restored.

The Stanstead Historical Society was founded in 1929 in the century old school house –the Mansur School House– a historic landmark that remains under the Society’s care. The Mansur school was built in 1819 as a wooden structure, by 1844 it had become a brick building. The school was built on land donated by Daniel Mansur. The area where the school was located was referred to as “The Center” and was thickly populated during the 19th century. The Mansur School is located on route 143 in Stanstead East.

Museum Boutique

The museum boutique sales a variety of beautiful objects and produce made by local artisans.

Sandra Veillette: Magnets with feathers, wood, small stones.
Darlene Lussier: Stained glass window hangings, jewellery.
Suzanne Lachapelle: alpaca socks, bird feeders, and house candles & soap.
Suzanne Ménard, Murielle Galvin, Susanne Bouchard: create beautiful hand woven placemats.
Sarah Jacques cloth bags hand painted mugs.



Saturday, June 16th,  at 10:00 a.m.
Reserve your seat before June 14th: or 819-876-7322.




Become a Volunteer

Be a volunteer and support the Colby-Curtis Museum/Stanstead Historical Society! One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.

Employment Opportunity & Internships

Technicien(ne) en Muséologie

Sommaire des responsabilités

Sous la supervision de la directrice / conservatrice, le titulaire du poste a comme principale mandat de réaliser divers travaux techniques relatifs à la gestion de la collection, conservation préventive, à la documentation, à l’entreposage, à l’entretien et au prêt des œuvres des collections de la Société historique de Stanstead et du Musée Colby-Curtis.

À ce titre, il ou elle effectuera principalement les tâches suivantes:


-Assurer l’ensemble des activités reliées au catalogage, à la recherche documentaire, à la préservation, à la diffusion et à la mise en réserve des collections d’artefacts;

-Administrer le logiciel de gestion des collections et des contacts PastPerfect et y effectuer l’enregistrement d’informations concernant les artefacts;

-Coordonner les dossiers reliés aux prêts entre institutions;

-Coordonner les dossiers reliés aux demandes de traitement de restauration auprès du Centre de conservation du Québec;

-Coordonner le transport de biens culturels;

-Assurer la gestion des ressources matérielles nécessaires;

-Coordonner l’ensemble du processus d’acquisition des artefacts; assurer le traitement des nouvelles acquisitions et maintenir à jour le registre des acquisitions;

-Rédiger des articles pour notre bulletin de nouvelles et publier du contenu Facebook concernant les projets en cours liés avec la collection;

-Créer des rapports, des listes et des tableaux sur divers aspects de la collection;

-Rédiger et mettre à jour des procédures (catalogue, acquisition);

-Rédiger des lettres, formulaires et contrats bilingues.

-Participation active au comité d’exposition et au comité d’acquisition


-Coordonner et réaliser le montage et le démontage des expositions temporaires;

-Réaliser les vignettes d’exposition;

-Participer à la réalisation des outils promotionnels (affiche, carton d’invitation, dépliant);

-Bonifier et remanier l’exposition permanente selon les objectifs de l’année en cours;

-Collaborer à la rédaction des textes pour la visite guidée de l’exposition permanente;

-Collaborer au développement de l’application mobile « Patrimoine Stanstead » et à la rédaction du contenu sur la collection et les expositions permanentes;

-Collaborer au Programme de financement « Adoptez un Artefact ».

Profil recherché

-Détenir un DEC en muséologie ou l’équivalent

-Connaissance des diverses normes et pratiques Muséologiques.

-Minimum de 1-2 années d’expériences pertinente

-Excellente maîtrise du français oral et écrit et bonne connaissance de l’anglais oral et écrit

-Excellent sens du service à la clientèle et de l’esprit d’équipe

-Autonomie, fiabilité et sens des responsabilités

-créativité, polyvalence et minutie

-connaissance des outils informatique: Microsoft Office, File Maker.

-compétences en design graphique et connaissance du logiciel Photoshop et In Design un atout important.

Conditions de travail

-Emploi permanent à temps plein: horaire de 35 heures par semaine.

-Période de probation: 3 mois

-Taux horaire de 16.00$.

Pour postuler

La date butoire pour la réception des candidatures est le 15 octobre 2018, 16h00.

Toute personne qui désire poser sa candidature doit faire parvenir les documents suivant à; en spécifiant le titre du poste.

  • Lettre de présentation
  • Curriculum Vitae