Yesterday, Gilles Chartrand was a gracious host to my friend, Petra and I. He is a one-man force accumulating memorabilia for the Musée Clarence-Rockland Museum. The museum is located at 687 rue Laurier in Rockland. It is easy to find as there is a beautiful replica of a gray church from Clarence Creek outside the building. Inside there are vast number of documents used by researchers, pictures, models of various buildings, trophies, awards, clothing, and a lovely display of the Inuit way of life. Gilles also attended S.S. No. 16 Clarence Creek. This school was built in 1881 and demolished in 1962. Former students had a reunion in 1987. Each of their names were cut out of Bristol board and hung on a tree. Check out further information in the “Schools” section of my website. The town of Rockland is certainly lucky to have such a passionate man.
Joy Forbes - Author of Perseverance, Pranks and Pride - Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse.