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In 2023-2024 Lac-Brome Museum presented the history of the British Home Children in a temporary  exhibition titled Through the eyes of Children: finding Home in Brome County.

 

The Brome County Historical Society continues to seek information from people who had relatives who were Home Children placed in Brome County (Bolton, Brigham, Brome, East Farnham, Eastman, Brome Lake, Potton, Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton and Sutton). These children may have come through the Knowlton Distributing Home or the Gibbs Home for Waifs and Strays in Sherbrooke between 1869 and 1932.

Interested descendants are invited to get in touch with us with their family’s story. Ideally, these stories would be written up in a short text of 250-500 words or presented as a video (maximum 5 minutes) detailing their family’s experience. Objects could also be donated or lent for the permanent exhibition (open from mid-May to mid-October each year). Anyone interested should call 450-243-6782 ext. 1 and leave a message with Lisa. Please note that testimonies may be used in future heritage projects.

 

Time provided, we are also happy to help with researching family history. Our first stop is www.britishhomechildrenregistry.com and while we do not have a list of all of the Home Children who came through the Knowlton Home or were placed in Brome County, we are glad to help find the next steps in your researching journey.

British Home Child Information

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