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The first annual QAHN Scandal Makers Online Film Festival

by Stewart Cole

Submitted by Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN)

A new series for the new year

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is essentially launching the world premiere of a new series of popular mini-cemetery documentaries called “Scandal Makers”. The first series, presented in 2020, includes the stories of some of the most disrespectful characters of the past buried in rural cemeteries in eastern Mississquoi County. In this new series, viewers will enjoy watching local historians visit the graves of legendary or infamous people in cemeteries located in Compton and Stanstead County.

QAHN’s mission to protect and preserve Quebec’s history and heritage includes the historic and often abandoned cemeteries located in the rural landscape throughout the province.

“Documentaries are a way of not fading the past by continuing to tell the stories of valuable (or infamous) departures,” says project manager Heather Darch. “The words ‘beloved mother or father’ hardly tell the full story of a lifetime, and most of us go through cemeteries without knowing the stories of the people who have rested there. “It’s people like Kathy Curtis of the Colby-Curtis Museum, local historians like Anne Leydet or QAHN President Grant Myers, who help keep these stories from disappearing under gravestones and mausoleums.”

The aim of the documentaries is to involve nearby communities in the care and protection of cemeteries. Awareness of the sites and stories they retain helps people discover aspects of their community that they would otherwise never have known. We hope the series can be used to educate people about the importance of protecting these sites and to see them as important to a community’s past and Quebec history in general.
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