|The Redpath Museum at McGill University|
Neither my wife Stephanie nor I had ever been to Canada so we began our trip in nearby Montreal a couple of days before the official itinerary began. We visited the Redpath Museum at McGill University which consists of three floors of natural history and world culture artifacts - both areas are right up our alley. We also visited Montreal's McCord Museum of Canadian History - home to collections of costumes, paintings, art and aboriginal objects. It seemed like they must have known that we were coming because one of their main temporary exhibits was Mary Pickford and the Invention of the Movie Star. The exhibit featured some incredible manuscript items like a 1920 signed distribution contract for United Artists and a 1924 Motion Picture Relief Fund Certificate signed by Mary Pickford and Cecil B. Demille.
|Pickford Inscribed Photo on her Wedding Day to Husband Douglas Fairbanks 1920|
We took the train to nearby Quebec City and arrived at the historic Château Frontenac which was our home base for the annual meeting. My first full day there was spent with the other board members taking care of our regular business: budgets, membership, marketing, ethics issues, future annual meetings, honors, and scholarships. Since it was time for the well-respected Herbert Rubin to step aside to make room for new board members such as myself, he was unanimously elected as an honorary board member for life. At the end of the day, we enjoyed a cocktail reception with the other meeting participants in the Salon Rose Room. We learned that the room had hosted critical meetings between world leaders Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and William Lyon Mackenzie King during the Quebec Conferences of World War II in 1944.
|Our Quebec City adventure begins outside the Château Frontenac|
|Outgoing president Barton Smith and the Manuscript Society outside the Ursuline Convent|
|Metting with the librarian to view the treasures of the Ursuline Archives|
|1831 Manuscript with the Seal of King William IV|
|1671 Testament of Madame de la Peltrie who started the Ursuline order of Quebec|
We had lunch that day at Le Parlementaire Restaurant at the National Assembly, where we took a guided tour and visited their library and archives. The origins date to 1791 and serve the members of the National Assembly in their duties of governance.
|The Manuscript Society checks out the Goods and mingles with the Archivists|
|Oldest Item in the National Assembly Library - 1472 Thomas Aquinas Book|
|Register of Oaths taken by Members of the Legislative Assembly|
Later that evening our group visited the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity with a special viewing of communion silver given by King George III. We were also treated to a double-bill concert. First, the church organist demonstrated a rare English chamber organ made in London in 1790 that was recently moved to the Cathedral. Next, our esteemed ex-president Barton Smith performed several piano pieces - including compositions by J.S. Bach, Chopin, and Scott Joplin. Finally, he quizzed the audience with a mystery ballad by a manuscript dealer who died in 2000 and was once a famous chanteuse. The song was on the Hit Parade several times, the most famous version being by Nat King Cole. Can you guess the answer?
The next day was filled to the brim with activity - a walk to Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica, an exploration of the exhibitions and archives of the Seminary of Quebec, and a visit to the National Archives of Quebec.
|Inside the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica|
|Visiting with one of several Librarians at the National Archives of Quebec|
|Early Choir Book at the National Archives|
|The Autograph of one King Louis of France (or is it the "Hand" of the King?)|
|The Autograph of another King Louis of France|
|James Pattison Cockburn (1779 - 1847) Original Illustration of Early Canada in the Archives|
|Milton Berle Signed Photo|
|Pearl Bailey Signed Photo|
|Our Hotel as Seen from Lower Town|
|Me and the Mrs. at Montmorency Falls|