During the 1880s, Petit Lac Magog in the Sherbrooke region became a prime holiday destination for the Francophone bourgeoisie. Several families built plush cottages in the area. However, an alternative was soon required to cater to the needs of holidaymakers who were passing though. As a result, Hôtel Gosselin opened in 1893. It was renamed Lake Park Hotel in 1912.
Despite the decline in church attendance over the past three decades and the closure of certain churches, many of these places of worship, the vast majority of which are Protestant and Catholic, are still part of Sherbrooke’s urban landscape. We have chosen four that give us a glimpse into the history and religious customs of the Ville de Sherbrooke.
For close to a century, the location of a hotel was largely dependent its proximity to a train station. Indeed, 10 of the 13 hotels that were operational in Sherbrooke in 1920 were within a 550-metre radius from the downtown station, and two were located beside the station, on Rue Minto. Only Magog House was a little over a kilometre from the station.
The elements of intangible heritage are indeed alive and can be discovered through observation and experimentation. Since 2017, thanks to funding that stemmed from a cultural development agreement concluded between the Ville de Sherbrooke and the MCCQ, the Mhist has been mandated with contributing to the showcasing of Sherbrooke’s intangible heritage.
While women obtained the right to vote across Canada as of 1916 (Manitoba), twenty years later, Quebec women were still holding out hope of a change that would end provincial political inequality.
The urban development of a city is profoundly influenced by its industrial growth and Sherbrooke is no exception to this rule.
New archives in the Echenberg family collection, featuring Rebecca Echenberg who served as a nurse during the First World War. These documents give us a glimpse into the activities of a young woman living in the 20th century and serving in a global war.