​​​​​​​Then and Now, Our Stories...

This new series of lectures was developed in partnership with the Dorval Library, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, and the Dorval Historical Society. The lectures are offered free of charge, in hybrid mode (virtual as well as in person, if sanitary conditions so allow) in the Library's activity room, Saturdays at 2 p.m.

To reserve,

By phone at 514 633-4170 or by email at musee@ville.dorval.qc.ca
or in person at the Library. The Library opens at 10:00 a.m.

December 12
Then and Now, Our Stories… Christmas

Virtual Bilingual Lecture presented by Bruno Paul Stenson, M.A.
Christmas is one of the most important Holy Days in the Christian calendar, yet very little of our modern Christmas celebration has anything to do with the Bible. Find out how little as we examine this holiday’s traditions from gift-giving to holly to Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer.

January 23

Then and Now, Our Stories… Aux origines du service de police de Montréal

By Sylvain Bissonnette, Police Commander and historian at the SPVM
Presented in French

How was the police service formed in 1843? What was the context at the time?

How was security organized in Montreal? What were the challenges of the first

Chiefs of police? How did the police force and the city evolve in the early years?

Our guest will answer your numerous questions.

February 20

Then and Now, Our Stories… Black History: Stories of my Time

By Dorothy Williams, historian specialized in Black Canadian history
Criss-crossing coast to coast, historian and author, Dr. Dorothy Williams

shares her favourite stories of the Black experience over the past 400

years in our country. She assembles Canadian stories of promise, change,

rejection, and sacrifice.

March 27

Then and Now, Our Stories… Ces nombreuses brasseries québécoises oubliées (from 1788 until today) 

By Mathieu Perron, doctoral student and researcher in History at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Presented in French

​                                                                   At last count, Quebec had more than 150 microbreweries and craft                                                                                  breweries. One of the highest densities per capita in North America, to say                                                                    the least! Extraordinary? For sure! Unusual in Quebec's history? Not really...                                                                  A lot has been written on the history of the giants that made their way in                                                                      the Canadian brewing industry, such as Molson, Boswell, Dow, and                                                                                  company. However, little has been said about the numerous family                                                                                businesses or smaller-scale breweries that proliferated before the end of                                                                      the 19th and 20th centuries. In this lecture, Mathieu offers an overview of                                                                    the issues surrounding the many forgotten Quebec breweries.

April 17

Then and Now, Our Stories… Human-Animal Relations in Montreal, 19th and early 20th centuries

By Catherine Paulin, doctoral candidate in history at the Université de Montréal

Montreal is a city where several species lived side by side in the past!

Horses, pigs, cows, goats, sheep, dogs, birds... have all shared the city's

spaces with humans. Are you interested in these interactions and how

the city came to be considered as a 'human' place above all? The goal

of this lecture will be to talk about archival findings and to show you

vintage photographs of animals, and discuss historical city regulations

and which form they took. But above all, it is to talk about the relation-

ship between humans and animals, and the sharing of space on the territory.

May 29

Then and Now, Our Stories... The Evolution of the Railway Network on the Island of Montreal

By Justin Bur, urban planner, urban history researcher, and Montreal tour guide

The first train ran on the island of Montreal in 1847. It was the beginning of a hundred years of construction of railroad tracks crossing the island in all directions and connecting it to the mainland on all sides, stimulating in the process the urbanization of many places like Dorval. In this lecture, we will see the different stages and the logic behind the railway networks, their large stations in the center of Montreal, and their contribution to the evolution of the metropolis.
Justin Bur is a researcher in urban history and has developed an interest in transportation systems and the process of urbanization in the early 20th century. He is also a tour guide in Montreal.