Arts and culture



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  • The subject term Arts and culture should be used with any descriptions related to visual arts, performing arts, literature, artists, (musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers, writers, architects photographers, etc.), artistic and cultural institutions suchs as foundations, museums, art schools, heritages sites, libraries and archives, art or culture related business or organizations such as book stores, cultural events such as fairs, parades, lecures, festivals, presentations any research or projects rate to arts or culture and professional art and cultural organizations.

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          9 Authority record results for Arts and culture

          Person · 1899-1975

          Bessie Jane Banfill was born on 18 January 1899 on the family farm outside Richmond. Her parents were Enos Leroy Banfill and Sarah Augusta Healy. After some secretarial training, she obtained a position in the office of an asbestos mine near Thetford Mines and secured enough money to support her studies at the Sherbrooke Protestant Hospital, where she graduated in June 1923. Ms. Banfill traveled to Mutton Bay (Labrador) in 1928 and took a missionary training course at the United Church Training School in Toronto. After travelling to the Magdalen Islands, she opened the new W.M.S. Hospital at Smeaton, Saskatchewan in 1933 and was awarded a medal from King George V in 1935. She went to the Indian Residential School at Ahousaht in 1937 and went back to the Labrador Mission in 1942-1944. After receiving a back injury that prevented her from doing full-time work, she did part-time duty at Cornwall General Hospital and later in Ottawa. Bessie Banfill wrote books and articles on her nursing experience. This includes titles such as "Labrador Nurse" (1952), "Nurse of the Islands" (1965) and "Pioneer Nurse" (1967). She died on November 13, 1975. Her body was given to Queen's University Medical School. She had never married.

          Abbott, Louise, b. 1950
          Person · 1950-

          Louise Abbott was born in Montreal on 26 July 1950. She graduated from McGill University. Freelance writer, photographer, author and documentary filmmaker, she began her career in 1971. Many of her works are dedicated to cultural minorities - the English-speaking community in Quebec, the Inuit. She now lives in the Eastern Townships.

          So far in her career, she has published many books and her photographs have also appeared in many other publications. She has been involved in many solo or group exhibitions. Well known public institutions, such as Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Musée du Québec include her photographs in their collections. She produced her first documentary in 1991.

          Louise Abbott has been awarded many times for her work. In 1996, she won a Canada Council grant to write a book about the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships.


          Catherine M. Day, a writer and historian of the Eastern Townships, was born in 1815 in East Farnham where her parents, Samuel Wells Townsend and Pamela Lawrence owned a farm. In 1840, she married Henry W. Day. The couple and their children lived in Sainte-Thérèse and later in Chambly, Quebec. Henry died in 1854, leaving Catherine with six children to support. She moved to Champlain, New York, where she taught in a young ladies' school. In 1861, she published a novel, "Alice Maynard". The same year, she returned to live in the Eastern Townships. In 1863, she published "Pioneers of the Eastern Townships" and in 1869 "History of the Eastern Townships". Later, she lived in Iowa, first with her daughter Mary and then with her son Samuel. Finally, she returned to the Townships to live with her daughter Pamelia Annie Pearson, wife of William Keene Knowlton. Catherine M. Day died in 1899 in South Stukely and is buried there.

          Person · 1861-1942

          Minnie Henrietta Bethune Hallowell was born in Sherbrooke on 4 February 1861. She was the daughter of John Hallowell, a lawyer, and Helen Maria Clark. On September 10th, 1890, she married Cecil H. Bowen, son of George Frederick Bowen, and had two children, Lloyd H. and Rose Meredyth. Minnie Hallowell Bowen was active in various philanthropic, patriotic, religious, and literary organizations such as the Women's Auxiliary Missionary Society, the Sherbrooke Patriotic Association, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, the Women's Conservative Association, the Canadian Authors' Association, and the Sherbrooke Choral Society. She published six books and booklets of poetry; she also wrote literary texts that were published in newspapers and periodicals. She used a few pen names: the Drum-Major, Jane of Brompton Road, and possibly Rapier. She died in Quebec City on August 1, 1942. Her funeral was held at Blake's Funeral Home (86 Queen Street) and St. Peter's Church, Sherbrooke, on August 4, 1942 and she was buried in the family lot at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke.

          Waldron, Mildred, 1924-2008
          Person · 1924-2008

          Mildred Ettra Waldron was born on 28 January 1924 in East Clifton. She was the daughter of Luman Augusta Waldron and Flora A. Cairns. She never married. She was a Townships author and researcher. She published family and local histories of the Compton County area and, in particular, the East Clifton area, such as the Descendants of T. Waldron and M. Morse, The Hills of Clifton, Sheepskin Joe and Descendants of Hugh E. Cairns and Sarah A Waldron.

          Mildred passed away 21 May 2008 at the age of 84 and is buried at the East Clifton Cemetery.

          Marshall, Joyce
          M016 · Person · 1913-2005

          Author Joyce Marshall was born in Montreal on 28 November 1913, the eldest child of William W. Marshall and Ruth Chambers. After attending Westmount High School in Montreal she studied at St. Helen's School in Dunham from 1929 to 1932. She then went on to study English at McGill University, where she obtained her B.A. in 1935. Marshall had started to write fiction in her childhood and had her first publication, a short story, in 1936. In 1937 she moved to Toronto and continued to live there for most of her life, with a break from 1961 to 1963, when she lived in Denmark and Norway. Though her works consists mainly of short stories, Marshall has also worked in many other genres, including poetry, the novel, the essay, journalism, and criticism. Many of her stories have been produced for radio on the CBC program 'Anthology'. Marshall was a translator as well, and is known as an excellent translator of Quebec literature. In 1976, she won the Canadian Council award for translation for her version of Gabrielle Roy's "Cet été qui chantait". This translation and that of two other works by Roy gave rise to correspondence with Roy. Marshall's interests included work with national associations for the protection and promotion of writers and translators. In 1981-1982, Marshall was writer-in-residence at Trent University in Ontario.

          Joyce Marshall passed away 22 October 2005.

          Dutton, Dorothy, 1901-2003
          Person · 1901-2003

          Dorothy Dutton was born on 9 October 1901 in Gaspé. She was the daughter of Reverend Arthur W. Dutton, an Anglican clergyman, and Mary Ready. She never married. She studied at King's Hall in Compton and graduated from Bishop's University in History in 1920. Her father also studied at Bishop's University from 1895 to 1899. During her career life, Dorothy Dutton worked as a teacher, business woman and a manager. She worked in Montreal for Sun Life, an insurance company, in New Hampshire for Indian Head, a tourist resort, and in Lennoxville at Bishop's College School. She was also an author. She wrote and published historical novels and Bible stories for children: The chosen, From Egypt to the Holy Land, Come to Jerusalem, Hunter's Landing, Lennoxville/Ascot (1791-1950), Jonathan's Long Furrow. She continued to write until the age of 97.

          Dorothy Dutton was also involved and recognized into the Lennoxville community. She volunteered at her church, St. George's Church (Lennoxville). In 1980, she was named Alumni of the Year by Bishop's University and became Honorary member of Bishop's Golden Key Academic Honour Society in 2002. She received a Life Membership from the Anglican Church Women. She also donated three watercolors to Bishop's Art Collection that were done by her father, Arthur Dutton.

          In 1998, Dorothy Dutton moved to The Wales Home in Richmond where she lived until she passed away on 8 February 2003 at the age of 101 years old. Her funeral was held in Lennoxville at St. George's Church. She is buried in Malvern Cemetery in Lennoxville.

          Person · 1911-2001

          Henrietta Kathleen Warren was born on 21 January 1911. She was the daughter of Alice Frances Rattray (1881-1968), and Herbert Lawrence Warren, (1881- 1952, Herbert and Alice had three children, all born in Montreal: Herbert Hamilton Warren (25 April 1908- 9 January 1987, Ottawa), Henrietta Kathleen (Kay), and Mary Hamilton Warren (16 February 1913- 2 July 1960, Magog).

          Herbert Lawrence Warren, in partnership with Mr. Dale, founded of the Warrendale Shirt Company in 1927. He was also involved with The Montreal Quilting Company. Herbert Hamilton, his son, was Secretary Treasurer of Warrendale for most of his working life. He expanded to include the Belding-Corticelli Company, which included the factory in Coaticook, a lace factory in Ways Mills, a warehouse and a factory in St. Jean sur Richelieu. Herbert Hamilton became a director of Belding-Corticelli, Warrendale, the Montreal Quilting Company, and Iroquois Chemicals.

          Henrietta Kathleen graduated from McGill University in 1932. She was married to Harry Austin Milne in 1941. She had two daughters: Catherine and Jean, who both attended McGill.

          Member of the Board since 1971, H. K. Milne became President of the Memphremagog Library in 1974 and assumed this responsibility until 1993 when it was municipalized. All those years, she worked hard to defend the interests of the library. Its growth is indeed due to her devoted work. Beyond her noteworthy role in the growth of the Memphremagog Library, her community involvement is represented through her participation in numerous other organizations and projects, such as the founding of Pinecroft Residence in Magog, Social Services Sherbrooke, the Magog District Home and School Association, the 1st Magog Company of Girl Guides, the Sherbrooke University Women's Club, and the Sherbrooke Hospital Foundation, among other things. Her significant contribution to the community was recognized in 2004 when the Municipality of Magog named a street in her honour.

          She also maintained a great interest in the history of Magog and the Eastern Townships, represented by her collection of historical articles and photographs.

          H. K. Milne died 5 April 2001 at Magog. She is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery.

          Person · 1920-2022

          Lois Ogilvie Blanchette was born 1920 in Ontario to parents Nelson Ross Ogilvie (1892-1976) and Orminda Emilie Hoarer (1889 - 1972). She had a long career in the music industry which began when her parents enrolled her in violin lessons. Lois joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as a singer and violinist in the 1940s. She also was a member of the Leslie Bell Singers. In 1950, Lois Ogilvie and Jean-Guy Blanchette (1922-2005) got married and the couple moved to Sherbrooke. Lois quickly became involved in Sherbrooke’s music scene as a choir director. She went on to perform at Expo 67 with her choir at the time, La chorale de L'Amitié. Much of the music Lois preformed in Sherbrooke, she arranged or wrote herself. Lois also wrote stories for children which she would read on Sherbrooke’s community radio station. Lois Ogilvie Blanchette died December 22, 2022 in Sherbrooke, she is buried in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa with her parents.