Commentary: 250 and beyond

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

QCT copy editor Shirley Nadeau gives an interview to Global News during the 250th anniversary week celebrations.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is officially 250 years old! You've been hearing about the anniversary for months now, and last week was no exception. Just for fun, we've collected some of our favourite images from the anniversary week. These photographs epitomize the optimism and community-based values that underpinned the whole celebration.

Bonus material online: commemorative video and more

We invite you to visit www.qctonline.com for bonus material, including a commemorative video! The video is posted in the top left corner of the home page. If you missed the considerable media coverage the QCT enjoyed last week, have a look at the online article where we have posted links to it all: http://qctonline.com/qct-250th-anniversary-makes-news. We have also shared plenty more anniversary week photographs on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/qctonline. Feel free to have a look, share them, and send us your photos, too.
What's next?

As you look through these pictures, work your way through the anniversary special edition, and check out the bonus material online, we invite you to keep in mind two things:
1 - The QCT will be 250 years old until this time next year.

This means we will continue publishing historical photos and occasionally essays and articles on the subject. Even better, there will still be plenty of opportunities to contribute your own memories and memorabilia to anniversary-year editions. Feel free to submit them in the usual manner.

2 - The anniversary celebrations are not an end. They are a starting point for whatever comes next.

As we emphasized in the anniversary-week edition and the special edition, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is not going out of style. Local newspapers remain one of the most valuable sources of information for, and about, the communities in which they are published.
Think of it this way: it might be tempting to dismiss a local, minority-language paper as obsolete in this hyper-digital era. After all, people are turning increasingly to online information sources for news, insider information, opinions, restaurant and book reviews, etc.

And yet, if the QCT quit publishing, Google would not long be useful for those seeking information about Quebec City in English. Think about it. Where does Google get its news?

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After enjoying a talk at the Morrin Centre by Charles André Nadeau about the paper’s history, community members peruse an original of the first edition (dating back to 1764, left), a 1954 archival edition of the QCT (centre), and historical photos. 

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 Historian Charles André Nadeau captivated the audience at the Morrin Centre during his presentation “250 years of chronicling the community.”  

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 A jovial crowd of community members, dignitaries, and former owners, editors, readers and writers joined the present QCT team at the launch of the special edition and commemorative video.

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 250 years of English-language press history caught the attention of today’s media. Here, copy editor Shirley Nadeau is interviewed for Global News.

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 QCT copy editor Shirley Nadeau takes a moment to introduce the QCT journalists and contributors (left to right): Juanita Craig, Cassandra Kerwin, Bill Cox, Marie White, Ruby Pratka, Sophie Rivett-Carnac, Kasia Borkowska, Bethann G. Merkle, Jay Ouellet, and Lise Lafond. Not pictured: Catherine Mills-Rouleau, Danielle Burns, and Mary Hilton.

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to the QCT arriving on your doorstep every week. Wendy Little handles your subscription, Shirley Nadeau edits the articles you read, and Stacie Stanton is the newspaper’s publisher.

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 Sarah Blair and her daughters Hannah and Isabelle concentrate on their music at the anniversary picnic at Holland School playground.

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 Yves Bolduc, MNA for Jean-Talon and Minister of Education; Patrick Huot, MNA for Vanier–Les Rivières and deputy government whip, and Taylor Ireland, QCT general manager, were all smiles at the launch of the special edition. 

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 Key anniversary week supporters Jan Anderson (Jeffrey Hale Community of Care), Norman Gouin (right) and his wife Martine De Billy (owners of the QCT's old palais de la presse). 

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During a lively dance let by Bill Russell (left), former QCT editor Michèle Thibeau, bagpiper Alan Stairs, David Blair, and QCT journalist Ruby Pratka demonstrated just how to celebrate a 250th anniversary. 

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Where there’s a birthday, there must be cake, and a 250th anniversary is no exception.  Cassandra Kerwin, Ruby Pratka, Marie White, Shirley Nadeau, Sophie Rivett-Carnac (and Kit), and Bethann Merkle served cake to everyone at the picnic.