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.
The SUNY College at Plattsburgh Summer 2009 Intern
“I was incredibly privileged to be able to spend the summer of 2009 interning with the ETRC. Not only was I able to accumulate valuable professional skills, I also gained a second family of innovative researchers and community volunteers. The ETRC is a cultural treasure capable of education through pertinent forums such as the Robin Burn’s Lecture Series, community organization and action via its online newsletter and website and heritage conservation through its extensive archives and willingness to facilitate those who love the rich history of Quebec. It is the rare opportunity to explore our past”.