History of LAHMS

History of LAHMS

The Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society (LAHMS) meets regularly through the year - continuing a long and fascinating history. The Society has been active in one form or another since the Reverend Arthur J. Lovelace, Pastor of Lennoxville United Church, and Bishop Timothy J. Matthews, then Rector of St. George's Anglican Church began encouraging the formation of a local historical society in 1966. The society was established in 1970 and its current name was adopted in 1971. It received its Letters Patent in 1985.

LAHMS has proven to be instrumental in preserving our local heritage, starting in 1975 with the publication of Lennoxville, Volume 1 - the first serious history of the town - and its sequel, Volume 2, in 1981. In 1980, the group presented its first exhibition in the basement of the Lennoxville Library. In 1996 various members of LAHMS also contributed to the publication of Lennoxville 1871-1996.

LAHMS began looking into purchasing Uplands in 1985 with the intent to create a museum and cultural centre. With the help of the Ministère des Affaires Culturelles, the Town of Lennoxville and a phenomenally successful fundraising drive by the whole community, the building was purchased jointly by the Town and LAHMS and opened in 1988. In the year 2000, the Town purchased full ownership of the property and established Uplands Cultural Heritage Center to manage and operate it. The barn was restored in 1990.

Acquiring Uplands and turning it into a heritage and cultural centre is just one of the Society's successes. The first of their major projects was the preservation of the Huntingville Universalist Church - the first Universalist Church in Canada. Initiatives by the Society, beginning in 1976, led to the church building being deeded to Héritage Québec in 1977. This was followed by the saving of the covered bridge at Capelton and the Milby School. This, combined with the creation of the original heritage centre and the writing of two volumes of Lennoxville history, has made LAHMS an integral part of Lennoxville, the greatest guardian of our shared heritage.

The Society continues to produce exhibits of local flavour on the second floor of Uplands, while updating its permanent exhibits on a seasonal basis. The society also maintains an impressive collection of artifacts and archival materials pertaining to the Lennoxville-Ascot region.