Bonjour – Hello!

Welcome to the Atwater Library Living History Collection – a permanent collection linking Montreal islanders to their past, present, and future.

We hope you’ll stay awhile, browse, and learn something that interests you about our particular area of the Montreal island by listening to the stories of the people who live, work, or simply visit here. Enjoy!

Of (all) the works of the mind, history is the record. Its genius is illustrated by the entire series of days. Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history. Without hurry, without rest, the human spirit goes forth from the beginning to embody every faculty, every thought, every emotion, which belongs to it in appropriate events. But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history pre-exist in the mind as laws… A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.” 

-“History Essay,” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

George Kinloch – Banking on Life

George Kinloch – Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Kinloch came to Canada in 1952, working for the Dominian Bank. After retirement at 62 he remained active with his Scottish roots, in organizations such as the Sons of Scotland and The Black Watch. He also became involved in the arts, managing the Mountain Playhouse at alongside Joy Thompson, who influenced the careers of renowned actors Christopher Plummer and William Shatner. (more…)

Ivan Livingstone – Role Model

Ivan Livingstone- A true renaissance man, Livingstone acheived scholarships to eventually graduate from McGill University and play football for both the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes. He went on to teach Chemistry, History, and become a school board commissioner, all from the humble beginnings of a low-income Verdun neighbourhood.  (more…)

Susan Bronson – Heritage Consultant/Architect

Susan Bronson – An architect and historian specializing in heritage conservation and  urban history.  An on-line article about her refers to her writing  about “the link between conservation and environmental, social and economic sustainability.”  (more…)

Andrea Klein – Designing a Life

Andrea Klein – Chemist turned Interior Designer, Westmount resident, born Cartierville, of French mother and Belgian father. Grew up in a multi-lingual household, although her mother was a unilingual francophone. Second husband grew up in Westmount on Murray Hill. Retrained as as an accountant at 50.

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Marty Fisher – A Nurse’s Life

Marty Fisher – After having worked as a nurse, Fisher was aware of certain systemic flaws and limitations, and was drawn to alternative medicine. After a few years of studying in Tokyo, she continued her nursing work to finance her own private practice consisting of nutrition, Shiatsu, stress management and individualized programs.  (more…)

Terry McGimpsey – A Life with Perfect Pitch

Terry McGimpsey  – grew up on Selby Street (now disappeared) in Westmount, now lives on Hillside, residential housing complex built by Westmount to house those evicted from Selby Street when the  AR 720 was being built in the 1960s. (more…)

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