The Société d’histoire de la région de Terrebonne (SHRT) has the mission to safeguard and emphasize the historical, architectural and genealogical heritage. It offers educational conferences, visits and publications.
Located in the heart of Old Terrebonne, the Maison d’histoire de Terrebonne is the starting point into the wonderful adventure of the city’s history. Inside the Maison d’histoire, you will find three rooms dedicated to renowned members of the SHRT, as well as a permanent exhibition showcasing archive pictures, maps and artefacts from Terrebonne’s history. The Maison d’histoire also provides temporary visual arts exhibitions highlighting history, heritage buildings and architectural jewels, a conference room for training and educational purposes and a documentation centre filled with roughly 4,000 archive pictures and 160 maps of the region.
The Maison d’histoire also grants access to the Parchemin data base, newspaper microfilms, censuses and notarial records.
Since 2013, you can visit a permanent exhibition at the Maison d’histoire de Terrebonne displaying 125 archive pictures from the Aimé Despatis collection, a collection that carries more than 4,000 pictures in total.
The exhibition is divided in 8 portions, recollecting multiple aspects of the history of Terrebonne and its residents’ day to day lives, with the end of the 19th century as a starting point.
The exhibition is free and accessible to visitors during normal opening hours, from Wednesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., between June 22 to September 3.
Voir l’invisible (French site only) – Guided tour from the Société d’histoire de la région de Terrebonne
Discover the history of the village of Terrebonne, from its humble beginnings to the 1880s through this guided tour. You will learn about the village’s “sacred area” which ran along the Mille Îles river, from the mills to Jean-Baptiste Dupré’s land, its “Grande Place” which used to be called “Place du moulin” because of its proximity to the mills, as well as a portion of its “Grande Rue”, which is now the hiking trail that borders the Mille Îles river, from the town hall to Île-des-Moulins.
Through this guided tour, Terrebonne’s historic society (SHRT) dives back in the village’s history, trying to shed some light on things that, since then, have disappeared, moved or been replaced, whether because they’ve burned down or due to decisions made by the community.