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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 Beauprť 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 at Studio Georgeville in late June, 2015. After his long career as a fine woodworker, he is now working full time as a photographer and drone operator, shooting both stills and video in the latter capacity.

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Louise Abbott finished a contract for COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association) in June of 2015, producing two interpretive panels about the history of Cape Hope Island, or Nunaaluk, in southeastern James Bay. The panels were installed on the island.

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 several 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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Visiting a Historic Round Barn

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As part of the Journťes Culturelles (Culture Days), the Austin Cultural Committee invited Louise Abbott to act as† guide for a tour on September 27 of the historic round barn† on her family's former farm on Austin Bay, Lake Memphremagog. As luck would have it, Don Fisher, whose family owned the†property prior to the Abbott family's occupancy, was on hand. Louise asked if he would serve as co-guide. He agreed,†offering rich personal reminscences of dairy farming, chicken farming, and gladioli raising.†Below is a†photo of the round barn that Niels Jensen produced, along with a couple of†pictures of the proceedings that Blanche Paquette, the community development agent for Austin,†kindly provided.

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