Elsie Reford Used Influence to Work Behind the Scenes : She Would Not Want To Be Remembered as a Garden

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Elsie Reford Used Influence to Work Behind the Scenes : She Would Not Want To Be Remembered as a Garden
Abstract
Montreal heiress Elsie Reford (1872-1967) is best remembered for the magnificent garden she created at her summer home in Grand-Métis, which is still visited by thousands of visitors every year. However, he great-grandson, the author of this article, argues that she was a leading figure in Quebec for several decades in the twentieth century, active in philanthropy, social concerns and political causes. She was the driving force behind the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal, a director of the Montreal Maternity Hospital, a fund-raiser for the Royal Victoria Hospital, president in 1908 of the Montreal committee to raise money for the tercentenary celebration of the founding of Quebec City, peripherally involved in the Montreal parks and playgrounds movement, and hosted dinners and events designed to introduce the leaders of Montreal’s Francophone community to their English-speaking counterparts.
Publication
Quebec Heritage News
Volume
Vol. 2
Issue
no. 3
Date
March 2003
Pages
14-15
Language
en
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Reford, Alexander. “Elsie Reford Used Influence to Work Behind the Scenes : She Would Not Want To Be Remembered as a Garden.” Quebec Heritage News, March 2003. http://qahn.org/files/quebecanglophoneheritagenetwork/documents/qhn/QHN%20March-April%202003.pdf.
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