Gatineau Valley Historical Society

Founded in 1962, the Gatineau Valley Historical Society "promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley". It holds monthly meetings featuring speakers on subjects of historical interest, publishes an annual journal, Up the Gatineau!, and a bi-monthly newsletter.

The Society manintains an Archive to document the history of the Gatineau Valley. Its collection includes books, photos, documents and maps, as well as microfilmed census data and church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths. The Archives is located in the basement of the Chelsea Library at 100 Old Chelsea Road, and is open on a part-time basis.

To help fund its work, the Gatineau Valley Historical Society holds its annual auction of donated antiques and collectibles. The auction, and flea market, is held in Old Celsea, Quebec, usually on the third Saturday of August. Please consider donating unwanted antiques or other items to support this event. The Society will give tax receipts for the amount it realizes from donated articles.

Mission Statement

The Gatineau Valley Historical Society is a charitable not-for-profit organization which has acted to conserve and foster interest in history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley region for over forty years, since its founding in 1962.

As a voluntary organization, the Historical Society achieves this mission through the work of people - executive, committees, members - and by influencing people. Our activities range from organizing events to publishing and preserving archival material of local historical interest. We interact with other history and heritage groups in the region, and work as an active, locally-based group to make our resources and assistance available within the wider community.