“Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well.” – Michael Pollan
The Heritage Treasure Museum located in Howick & the Montérégie West Community Network Huntingdon Wellness Centre came together to produce a heritage booklet highlighting the traditions and history of families in the Châteauguay Valley. Some of the items will include the local traditional recipes, local businesses, and different aspects of Valley history. We are thankful for the funds provided through the MWCN Canadian Heritage grant, Preserving History through the Generations. Because of the restrictions imposed upon us due to the covid, we were unable to complete this project with the schools as was planned. However we were able to work with the New Frontiers School Board CLC worker, Mackenzie Hooker, who was instrumental in organizing a pen pal project with these seniors as well as the students from Franklin Elementary School. 15 students and an equal number of seniors wrote back and forth throughout the year. Some of these interactions are recorded within these pages.
We also reached out to the community over the last couple of months to invite them to send us their ideas, memories and stories that represent our region of South West Quebec.
This project was developed to bring together many age groups, and members of our community at large, so that we can celebrate the long-time traditions, businesses, and culinary recipes that have influenced our communities. We understand the importance of preserving these traditions for younger/future generations and recognize how they helped influence our culture and way of life.
This unique collection of history will be available for purchase in the next few weeks at the low price of $10. All proceeds will go to support the Heritage Treasure Museum initiatives. If you are interested in purchasing one, please let us know through one of the following:
Phone: 450 264-3596