Who We Are
The Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) is a resource centre for the study of the Eastern Townships with a special focus on the English-speaking community. The ETRC was originally founded in 1982 by faculty members at Bishop’s University to further multidisciplinary research on the Eastern Townships through funding regional and community-based research projects, disseminating scholarly work in its own journal-Journal of the Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE), holding conferences and speaker forums, preserving archival collections and organizing exhibitions. Its original name Eastern Townships Research Centre reflected this academic oriented focus.
The ETRC Archives Department has documents that date as early as 1680.
While the majority of our collection dates from the 19th and 20th centuries, we also have documents that date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Chair of Psychology Department, Bishop’s University
“A few years ago my Psychology Honours student Mathew Bellhouse-King became interested in attitudes towards homosexuality and the risk factors for homophobia in the region. Thanks to a seed grant from the ETRC, he was able to gather a huge data set that allowed him to better understand this issue. In particular he targeted age, gender, language (French vs. English), religiosity, program of study or type of work and rural vs. urban living as variables of interest. We published the results in the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (volume 32/33) and, with further ETRC support, we also presented this work internationally at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology in Berlin, Germany. Mathew learned a lot from this experience and it helped him to secure a great position with USA Social Services in Hawaii.”