The Dorval Historical Society, in collaboration with the Dorval Library and the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, is pleased to present this year's series of free lectures which take place on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the Dorval Library located at 1401 Lakeshore Drive in Dorval.  All are welcome to attend. However, you must now reserve your seat.

As of August 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m.: By phone at 514 633-4170 or by email at
As of August 25, beginning at 10 a.m.: In person at the Library

September 19 (previously scheduled for April 4th)
From Cave to Concert Hall: A History of Musical Instruments
Bilingual, with Bruno Paul Stenson, M.A.

Humans have been making music and musical instruments since the dawn of time. In this lecture we look at the evolution of musical instruments from prehistory to modern electronics. Some 20 instruments shall be presented and played to illustrate the various historical eras.

October 17 (previously scheduled for May 9th)
La bande dessinée québécoise : 225 ans d’histoire
By Jean-Dominique Leduc actor, columnist and author

From the appearance of the first phylactery in 1792 to the phenomenal success of Paul of Michel Rabagliati, through the satirical newspapers of the 19th century, the print media of the first half of the last century with Thimothée d'Albéric Bourgeois and Onésime d’Albert Chartier, the Spring of the Quebec comic book, the Croc years, Jean-Dominic Leduc takes you on a journey to the heart of the rich history of the 9th national art.

November 14
Presentation by Rosalind Pepall, art historian

The Golden Square Mile, Montreal: 3 Houses, 3 Styles, 3 Architects
Recently retired as Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rosalind Pepall will take us back to the 19th century to discover the prestigious Golden Square Mile through its various types of architecture. 
The presentation will focus on three homes all built at the opening of the twentieth century when Montreal was the largest city in Canada. The so-called “Golden” Square Mile on the slopes of Mount Royal with a view of the St. Lawrence river attracted the city’s most prominent members of the business and cultural communities.  Each house was built in a different style by three of the city’s and Canada’s foremost architects: Edward and W.S. Maxwell, J.Omer Marchand, and Ernest Cormier.  The discussion will look at what made these houses special in the way they reflected the most up-to-date designs and interiors of the time and how they reflected their owners: James T. Davis, an industrial contractor, Rodolphe Forget, a financier, and Ernest Cormier,  architect of his own house. 


December 12
Lecture and exhibit, presented in French by Stéphane Corriveau, collector

Stéphane Corriveau, a seasoned collector, presents the history of 20th century toys through an exhibition and demonstrations of several still functional toys from his collection.