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What readers are saying about Memphrémagog : An Illustrated History / Une histoire illustrée (volume 1) :

Des commentaires des lecteurs :

"A wonderful blend of narrative, history, and artistry." D.

"It is both a good and a good-looking book! Wow." S.

"Un chef-d'oeuvre bilingue remarquable tant par sa beauté que par les informations que l'on y retrouve." F.

"Un travail de recherche sérieux et exhaustif." J.-F.

This hard-cover coffee-table book runs 308 pages and has a bilingual text illustrated with 175 archival images and 90 contemporary photos by Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen. A revised edition of the original 2014 publication is now available. The retail price is $79.95 CAD, $60 US.  Memphremagog Conservation Inc. (MCI) receives a portion of the proceeds from book sales. 

If you're interested in obtaining the revised edition of volume one , please contact Georgeville Press representative Hélène Hamel: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

To watch a video trailer about the book, please see The Birth of a Book on YouTube. 

An article in the Sherbrooke Record, July 21, 2o14: Memphrémagog: An Illustrated History / Une histoire illustrée 

CBC Radio's Rachelle Solomon in interview with Louise Abbott on July 29, 2014

 

Ce beau livre d'art bilingue de 308 pages richement illustrées renferme 175 reproductions de photos, peintures et cartes historiques ainsi que 90 photos contemporaines prises par Louise Abbott et Niels Jensen. Il se vend 79,95 $ CAD, 60,00 US, et une portion du produit de la vente sera remise à Memphremagog Conservation Inc. (MCI).

 YouTube avec sous-titres français : La naissance d'un livre

 Un article dans La Tribune le 25 juillet, 2014 : Le Memphrémagog sous la loupe de Louise Abbott

 

Saving the Founder's Home

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In August of 2015, Louise Abbott  completed a documentary titled Saving the Founder's Home for the Brome County Historical Society (BCHS) about the preservation of the Paul Holland Knowlton house in Knowlton, Quebec. The circa 1815 square-timber house was moved on Friday, October 17, 2014, from its quarters at the Knowlton Golf Club on Lakeside to its new home on the grounds of the BCHS on Lakeside.

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Louise followed the progress of work on the building through to its restoration. The house was officially opened to the public on August 15, 2015, and Louise's documentary was screened at the inauguration. The film is now available for sale in DVD ($20) and Blu-ray ($25) format from the Brome County Historical Society or from Rural Route Communications. Proceeds go towards the final touches on the house, in particular, chinking between the squared logs.

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 Yves Beaupré gathers wood, while David Kininmonth does some measuring at the Paul Holland Knowlton House on April 7, 2015.

 

By Design

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Niels Jensen's work as a furniture designer-maker was featured in a show of modern furniture titled By Designat Studio Georgeville in late June.

Niels continues to take on commissioned projects, like the tables and chairs seen in the photos below that belong to a client on the shores of Lake Memphremagog.

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Louise Abbottfinished a contract for COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Assocation) in June of 2015,producing two interpretive panels about the history of Cape HopeIsland, or Nunaaluk, in southeastern James Bay. The panels were installed on the island during COTA's annual general meeting in Eastmain in July.

One of the panels features a reproduction of a detailed watercolour by Townships artist Dominique Gagnon that shows the location of homes and dog teams as well as other aspects of life on the island during the Inuit occupation from the 1920s to 1960. Mini Aodla Freeman, the only surviving Inuk to have been born and raised on Nunaaluk, provided a sketch for Dominique and conferred with her on numerous occasions as Dominique's painting evolved. Dominique wanted to include Inuktitut names, and Mini kindly provided those for her.

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The second panel features historical photos of Nunaaluk, including family patriarch George Weetaltuk, and a bilingual text by Louise Abbott outlining the history of the Inuit occupation of the island. Mini Aodla Freeman acted as a consultant on this panel, too.

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Our thanks to Mini and Dominique for their help. Our thanks to Lettrage Fortin in Magog for mounting the panels and building and painting the posts. And finally, our thanks to COTA for the commission.

 
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