The Société Historique de Saint-Anicet (SHSA) marked its 40th anniversary on November 18 with a festive celebration at its location in the heart of the village. The event coincided with the historical society’s annual Christmas market held in collaboration with the Saint-Anicet Cercle de Fermières, and visitors joined with members of the organization in raising a glass to the last four decades.
SHSA president Luc Quenneville was congratulated by Saint-Anicet mayor Gino Moretti as well as Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette, who presented the organization with a commemorative certificate from the National Assembly. Steve Hickey, a political attaché for Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille, also bestowed the group with a certificate on behalf of the federal deputy.
The historical society was founded in September 1983, and was instrumental in the creation of Jules-Léger Park along Lake Saint-François. The organization bought and moved into the village’s general store in 2003. Quenneville notes that other achievements by the society include the publication of a book detailing the history of the municipality and its village. “It took 11 years and over 20,000 hours of work,” says Quenneville. The group also organizes conferences, guided visits, exhibitions, and hosts a café during the summer months.
“History has a link with identity, and identity is like a motor for a small community like ours,” says Quenneville. “We are special in Saint-Anicet because we have this history and we can recognize ourselves in it,” he explains.
The SHSA is now developing a podcast with local filmmaker Alain Boisvert, aimed at telling the story of the village. “We want to keep the flame burning,” says Quenneville, suggesting the SHSA is looking to find new ways of reaching Saint-Anicet residents, including the many newcomers from outside the area who are not aware of the municipality’s storied history.