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Westmount Historical Association

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Date Founded: 

The Westmount Historical Association exists, “to obtain and classify all historical and similar material about the City of Westmount which might be available and useful,” for the understanding of the development of this city within a city.

Physical Description: 

The WHA maintains an Archives Room within the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West, Westmount.


Books, maps, photographs and documents.

Special Activities: 

Fundraising Ventures:
larger_1899 Westmount Public Library.jpgOur first fund-raising venture was the self initiated project to print two posters, one of Westmount Windows and the other of Westmount Doors, undertaken in 1995. The posters have remained popular items ever since.

The second self-publishing venture was photographic gift cards. We printed cards featuring black and white photographs on the front and historical notes on the back. One image is the ever-popular 1739 Hurtubise Family Home, and the other is the 1927 Flower Conservatory. People are pleased to purchase these photographic mementos of their city at our lectures or at Westmount Family day.

Collaboration with City of Westmount and City of Montreal - Historical Walks:
The Westmount Historical Society collaborates with the City of Westmount and the City of Montreal in organizing historical walks within Westmount. We designed and conducted a very successful guided tour of the Hurtubise Family home; the buildings by local architect Robert Findlay; and more recently have given walks along the original Côte St. Antoine Road. For the past two years we have collaborated with the directors of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame to develop historical walks through their original Mother Houses, which have been converted, into Marianopolis College and Dawson College.

Lecture Series held in the Westmount Public Library:
The Westmount Public Library provides their prestigious Robert Findlay-designed Westmount Room for our Lecture Series. An average of sixty-five people, members and friends, attend each lecture. Since December of 1996, Doreen Lindsay and Caroline Breslaw have researched and organized two series of four thematic lectures per year.


medium_WHA.jpgThe Westmount Historian:
The first issue of the newsletter of the Westmount Historical Association was printed in the fall of 1995 and included a brief history of the Association, and a review of the first lecture series. The name was changed to The Westmount Historian in 2000. Since September 2004 each newsletter is based on the theme of the previous lecture series so that the information is preserved and mailed to all members and available to other interested people.



P.O. Box 198, Victoria Station, Westmount QC H3Z 2Y6.

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(514) 989-5510
Contact person: 
Doreen Lindsay