Installed in the 160-year-old Fairbairn farmhouse in Wakefield, La Pêche, The Fairbairn House Heritage Centre features visual displays and special exhibits, interactive and audio-visual displays, school programmes, special events and community involvement.
Fairbairn House is now closed. See you in the spring!
September 14th 2023
50 years of the Low Down to Hull and back to the future! – Centre Wakefield La Pêche
Our latest retrospective exhibit celebrating 50 years of the Low Down and independent journalism is now on display at Centre Wakefield La Pêche until October 18th 2023.
Take a second to check it next time you’re there!
September 12th 2023
FAIRBAIRN HARVEST FESTIVAL
The annual Fairbairn harvest festival is fast approaching!
There will also be pumpkin painting as well as a free concert starting at 1pm presented by CKWE 103.9 Fm featuring Mike “The Bluesman” Buckshot + Rabbit Stew + Eddie Cote and Company.
See you all there !
July 24th 2023
A SELF GUIDED TOUR OF HISTORIC WAKEFIELD: THE SITE OF THE WAKEFIELD MILL
We know how much you all loved doing our walking tour of historic Wakefield so we’ve added a second component featuring the site of the Wakefield Mill!
The 19 stop tour takes you through the site starting and ending at the MacLaren cemetery.
Check it out Here!
July 8th 2023
LIVING HISTORY WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS
We’re very excited to once again be hosting a series of Living History workshops for kids.
Workshops will be taking place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10am starting Thursday July 13th.
All workshops are free but children must be registered to participate.
Registration and more information can be found HERE.
July 13th – Cardboard Steam Trains
July 15th – Natural Dyes
July 20th – Beeswax Candle Making
July 22nd – Paper Basket Making
July 27th – Paper Quilt Making
July 29th – Ice Cream Making
August 3rd – Paper Marionnet Making
August 5th – Beeswax Candle Dipping
August 10th – Bracelet Making
July 7th 2023
RIVER: A YEAR IN COLOUR
Exhibit, video and drawings to colour!
Original art from the following artists:
During the days of the pandemic, STO Union sent out an insert through our local paper, the Low Down to Hull and Back, and we asked people who were stuck at home to colour one drawing per season and to share what the river means to them.
The inserts were also available in libraries and schools. We received hundreds of submissions from people who shared their love of colour, of the river, and of the community they are in.
Come and see some of the coloured drawings on exhibit and colour your own to put up on the exhibition wall.
View the River video, a charming and moving short video about the project and how it grew into something much greater.
This sweet and uplifting community project is in French and English and will be on display at the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre from July 7th to September 3rd, 2023.
June 27th 2023
What a great start to this year’s Musical Mondays!
Thanks to everyone who braved the many weather warnings and came out to what ended up being an incredible intimate show in the barn.
Shannon’s set was so good and we are beyond thrilled to have hosted her! If you missed the show or aren’t familiar make sure to check out her incredible album “Late Bloomer” on bandcamp!
June 19th 2023
The Fairbairn House Heritage Centre is proud to present an exhibit showcasing Mr. Bernard Legros’ remarkable miniatures.
Starting June 24th, 2023, visitors can admire Mr. Legros’ intricate replicas of Masham’s past and present landmarks, including the Guinness World Records-recognized “Smallest Sawmill in Operation.”
June 16th 2023
Fairbairn Escape Challenge
Fairbairn House Heritage Centre is excited to announce the launch of our log cabin escape room challenge!
Help school teacher Margaret find the gold stashed by her husband in the one room school house, just before he headed back out west to the BC gold rush.
The Fairbairn log cabin escape room challenge is a free activity that takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is suitable for those 6 yrs old and up! Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For groups of 1 to 6 persons.
More information HERE
June 14th 2023
The Low Down to Hull and Back to the Future!
Join us at Fairbairn House Heritage Centre on June 23rd 2023 at 6pm for an extraordinary retrospective exhibit, commemorating half a century of local journalism.
Explore a curated collection of front-page headlines, local stories, photographs and relive the moments that defined an era in our community. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Exhibit runs June 23rd – October 15th 2023.
May 15th 2023
2023 MUSICAL MONDAYS
We are excited to unveil the highly anticipated lineup for this year’s Musical Mondays! Once again, we will be hosting all concerts on our picturesque outdoor stage.
After carefully considering the valuable feedback we received from our community survey, we have made some exciting changes for this year’s series. First and foremost, we are delighted to announce that all concerts will be free for children and all students. While most events require tickets, our kids show will be completely free (thanks to the generous support of Les Serres Bourgeons). Additionally, the Hampsey’s House Party concert will operate on a voluntary contribution basis on the night of the event, ensuring everyone can attend. In making these changes our objective is to foster inclusivity and accessibility for all individuals.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Municipality of La Pêche, MRC des Collines de l’Outaouais, the Moulin Wakefield Mill, and all other sponsors who have played a vital role in making this series possible. We are immensely grateful for their support.
We look forward to welcoming you this summer for an unforgettable musical experience!
Full lineup and ticket information can be found: HERE
April 12th 2023
Dear Fairbairn Members,
We look forward to meeting you and sharing news for the coming year at the 2023 AGM. All members in good standing are eligible to vote.
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 7 PM
Fairbairn House Heritage Centre
45 Chem. de Wakefield Heights
Wakefield, QC, J0X 3G0
Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting details and agenda will be sent to attendees closer to the meeting date.
April 6th 2023
Over the last few years we’ve waived membership fees but with activities coming back to a full swing at Fairbairn this summer and our AGM just around the corner, it’s now time to renew and pay your dues.
Fairbairn House needs you! Your annual membership helps us manage a multitude of expenses that aren’t covered by program funding. With your help, we can continue to maintain the beauty of this 160-year old historical gem!
Once you make this purchase someone from the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre will contact you to confirm your membership. Please make sure to provide a valid email.
March 16th 2023
Hippie Music history @ La Fab sur Mill
Make sure to check it out at one of their upcoming events and be on the lookout for a special announcement regarding a night dedicated to the exhibit!
March 11th 2023
January 22nd 2023
Pinock – Birchbark Canoe Workshop
Last weekend we had the absolute pleasure and honour of having Pinock lead an introduction to Algonquin birch bark canoe building workshop at Fairbairn.
Next steps will be to go to his studio in Kitigan Zibi where we will be building a canoe for our permanent exhibit which we are currently working on renewing.
If you’re interested in attending these workshops, stay tuned as we’ll be announcing dates later on this year!