There is more going on at the Brome County Historical Society than meets the eye, and this includes the Museum.

Firstly, Peter White is the new president of BCHS. He succeeds Donald Gray-Donald.

Secondly, the Old Firehall and Shed have been going through renovations and are now open to the public along with the Paul Holland Knowlton house, the old Academy, Martin Annex and Children’s Museum. The Museum admits visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except on three dates: August 11, September 3 and October 8, when it will be closed.
Thirdly, Phase II of a much-needed makeover of the main storage area of the Museum’s collections, located in the Centennial Basement, will start. Phase I included the relocation of the newspaper collection to its new permanent home in the Archives, freeing up space for a new dedicated quilt storage area. This work is incredibly important as it will permit staff to properly care for the collections for years to come.

Funding has been received from Heritage Canada and Pacte Brome-Mississquoi as well as the Town of Brome Lake, the Knowlton Lions Club and the Optimist Club of Lac-Brome. Also, a recent application for accreditation by the Bibliothèque Archives Nationales du Québec has been approved. This official recognition affirms that the archives and the policies and procedures adhere to the professionally accepted standards.

The Court House and Tibbit’s Hill School House will re-open on June 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will then be open every Sunday, for the same hours, until September 16. Volunteers are needed to man these facilities and for other tasks.

Should you wish to volunteer, you should contact: Joanne Croghan at joanne.bchs@gmail.com or by calling the office at 450-243-6782.