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Commemoration of the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal

375e anniversaire de la fondation de MontréalAs part of the festivities to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal, Maison Saint-Gabriel, museum and historic site, is highlighting the exceptional contribution made by the individuals who played a role in its history. With Marguerite Bourgeoys and the King’s Wards, the museum contributed to the building of the city. In 2017, we will be making the most of this opportunity to offer visitors an authentic and entertaining programme that evokes the deep roots of Ville-Marie.

Maison Saint-Gabriel is starting its celebrations with a lecture on the life of a woman with an exceptional destiny: Marguerite Bourgeoys.

On January 12, 1700, all of Ville-Marie wept for Marguerite Bourgeoys, who passed away at the age of 80. At the time of her death, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame had welcomed into its ranks approximately 40 women of French, Canadian, Amerindian and English origins. The day after her death, a priest wrote: “If the saints were canonized, as in the past, by the voices of the people and the clergy, we would be saying Mass tomorrow for St. Marguerite of Canada.” Close to three centuries later, in 1982, the Vatican recognized the work of this exceptional woman by canonizing her. She then became St. Marguerite Bourgeoys.

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS?
Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
with Louise Harel
During this conference, Louise Harel will discuss the bravery, courage, temerity, goodness, audacity and idealism of this great personality: Marguerite Bourgeoys. She faced many family, social and ecclesiastical adversities to pursue her path. A very modern character, she promoted fee education, education for girls, the use of French instead of Latin, and avant-garde pedagogy. Despite the standards of her time, she established a secular community that worked for its own subsistence and wore a lay uniform. This is the opportunity to discover everything her daring innovations meant for the time.

This conference will take place on Thursday, January 12, at Maison Saint-Gabriel’s Catherine-Crolo Pavilion., 2146 Place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.

Admission: $15.00 and $10.00 for Friends of the Museum (taxes included)

Reservations required: 514 935-8136

Honouring three women who built Ville-Marie

Three lectures will be presented during a theme meal highlighting three exceptional women who built Montréal and Canada: Marguerite Bourgeoys (Congrégation de Notre-Dame) who was involved in education, Jeanne Mance (Les Hospitalières) who was involved in health care, and Marguerite d’Youville (Grey Nuns of Montréal) who was involved in social services. In the 17th century, these three visionary women dedicated their lives to help a fledgling and fragile society grow.

Noon-time lectures with a taste of history

Montréal vu à vol d’oiseau de 1645 à 1650 : Archives de la Ville de Montréal, CA M001 VM066-1-P008 Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
AT JEANNE MANCE'S TABLE
For this workshop, Hélène-Andrée Bizier highlights the abundance of game of all kind, herbs, fruits and vegetables offered by nature during the time of those who founded Ville-Marie. With you, she will sample some of the food eaten at the Marguerite Bourgeoys’ table, while reviving the French customs transmitted over more than three centuries to the students of the large schools operated by the Congrégation de Notre-Dame.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
AT MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS’ TABLE
Historian Hélène-Andrée Bizier uses the tale of a young military man to illustrate a certain refinement that was implemented at Montréal tables during the time of Jeanne Mance and Marguerite Bourgeoys. “Even the Grand Vatel would have envied the Réveillon menu,” wrote the soldier. He was referring to the fact that people were also using imported foods such as pepper, coffee and chocolate in addition to tourtières found in certain kitchens.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
AT MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE'S TABLE
For this luncheon meeting, Hélène-Andrée Bizier sits down at the table with Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais, better known as Marguerite d’Youville, founder of the Sisters of Charity, also called the Grey Nuns of Montréal. A member of the French nobility, she was born in New France where she experienced bourgeois affluence and life in the woods, wealth and poverty, motherhood and religious life.

For more information, click on AT THE TABLE.

The three luncheon meetings will take place on January 29, February 26 and March 26, 2017 at the Catherine-Crolo pavilion, 2146, Place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.

Admission: $35.00 (taxes included)
Reservations required: 514 935-8136

These three luncheon meetings are for those aged 18 and older.

Monday May 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
FARMHOUSE HONEY
Something new for the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal. Installed in 2016, in the Farmhouse gardens, the four hives will be back for the 2017 summer season. The four bee colonies will enjoy a feast, considering the quantity of flowers, vegetables and plants available in the gardens.

The new bed of “Montréal echinacea” will offer add even more nectar plants to the menu for our forager bees.

To learn more, click on BEES.
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Photo: Maison Saint-Gabriel

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
LAUNCH OF A NEW APPLICATION
Montréal What a story! ... along the river
An entertaining historical circuit along the St. Lawrence River, between Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Musée de Lachine, using a free mobile application, a game and a series of outdoor panels.

To learn more, click on APPLICATION.

Montréal What a story! ... along the river

Monday, May 15, 2017
URBAN AGRICULTURE AT THE MUSEUM
A small brood of five Chantecler chicks
Always on the look-out for new projects that will pique the curiosity of the public and stimulate people’s interest in history, Maison Saint-Gabriel will make the most of the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal to launch a new initiative: urban agriculture. In 2017, in order to revive a tradition from the time of the farm, the museum will set up a chicken coop to house a small brood of five Chantecler chicks.

To learn more, click on AGRICULTURE.

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Photo: Joël Rochon – plumes & jardins

Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
MONTRÉAL MUSEUMS DAY
As part of the 375th anniversary of Montréal, hosts,artisans, story-tellers and King’s Wards will welcome many visitors.

Prizes will be given to the 375th, 750th, 1125th, 1500th, 1875th, 2250th, 2625th and 3000th visitors.
You could be one of the winning visitors! 

To learn more, click on MUSEUMS.

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Photo: Pierre Guzzo

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m
VERNISSAGE FOR THE TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
375 years at the heart of the action!
Since its founding, Montréal was profoundly marked by the contribution of the female religious communities. Women of action, they worked as teachers, nurses, missionaries, architects, musicians, etc. They provided the first services to the people and structured the foundations of our modern social system. This exhibit highlights the diversity, occasionally surprising, of their involvement in the Montréal community and the scope of their heritage. What became of them? Are they still present in the heart of the city?

To learn more, click on EXHIBIT.

Project financed under the Agreement on the cultural development of Montréal by Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

375 years at the heart of the action!

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE JARDIN DES ORIGINES
The Jardin des origines recalls the contribution made by First Nations women and makes visitors aware of the importance of their heritage. Filled with indigenous plants, this garden testifies to the encounter of the French and Aboriginal cultures and the horticultural and medicinal knowledge of the First Nations women.

This heritage bequest from Montréal, for its 375th anniversary, is added to the gardens inspired by New France that are found on the site of Maison Saint-Gabriel, a living aspect of the history proposed by the museum.

To learn more, click on OPENING.

THE “MONTRÉAL” ECHINACEA
For its 375th anniversary, the Ville de Montréal has given itself a floral emblem, the echinacea. It is a robust plant that is of interest for biodiversity (a honey plant appreciated by bees and butterflies). Its colour is close to the red of Montreal’s logo.

Maison Saint-Gabriel is home to 48 of these Echinacea plants. These flowers were planted in a new flowerbed that runs along the rail fence near the Jardin des origines. Grasses were included to create an impression of lightness.  


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Photo: Julie Boudreau
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Photo: Maison Saint-Gabriel
Jardin des origines
Photo: Pierre Guzzo
Jardin des origines
Photo: Pierre Guzzo
LA SAINTE-CATHERINE
Photo: Pierre Guzzo
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
DOWSERS NOT WITCHES
Did you know that Jacques Archambault was the first dowser in Ville-Marie and dug the first well on the Island of Montréal in 1658? Did he dig the one at Maison Saint-Gabriel that dates back to 1660? It is highly likely that François Le Ber called on his services.

Sunday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., large gathering of dowsers in the presence of the first dowser of Ville-Marie, Jacques Archamblault.

To learn more, click on DOWSERS.

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Photo: Pierre Guzzo

Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
FARMHOUSE MARKET
For the 375th anniversary of Montréal,
Maison Saint-Gabriel will be organizing, for the first time,
an agricultural market on the museum site, with vegetables
and herbs from its garden.

It will be a time for celebration on the museum site. There are surprises
for you. A vegetable basket will be offered to the 375th visitor.

To know more, click on FARMHOUSE MARKET.

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Photo: Pierre Guzzo

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
AMONG GOOD NEIGHBOURS
A tradition in the Sud-Ouest borough, a Saturday in September is dedicated to good neighbours. On Saturday, September 9, Maison saint-Gabriel invites the residents of Pointe-Saint-Charles to come and celebrate for a few hours on the museum site.

The 375th participant will receive a special prize.

On the programme:
At 12:00 noon: A corn-husking party for the entire family.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.:  Popping corn in the traditional
bread oven. This is an activity you won’t want to miss!

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Photo: Pierre Guzzo

Cultural Tuesdays – Fall 2017

As part of the last season of the year highlighting the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal, the Cultural Tuesdays proposes a look at the individuals who played a major role in the city’s history. The result of a mystic quest, the project to found Montréal was first developed by the devout tax collector, Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière. The first of the Cultural Tuesdays is dedicated to him.

Here’s a sample...
Following a mystic intuition, he decided to found a colony on the Island of Montréal, which he acquired in 1640. Supported by several individuals involved in the French Catholic renewal, he created the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal, to undertake this project. As a result, the expedition headed by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance left La Rochelle and founded Ville-Marie on May 17, 1642. Jérôme Le Royer, who had remained behind in France, was responsible for the financial management of the undertaking and for sending colonists out to the young colony.

Montréal de 1645 à 1652: Archives de la Ville de Montréal, BM005-3 03P001 C26-42b Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Important personalities

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
JEROME LE ROYER DE LA DAUVERSIERE
with Gilles Proulx, columnist for the Journal de Montréal and globetrotter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
FRANÇOIS MONTMORENCY DE LAVAL
with Gilles Proulx, columnist for the Journal de Montréal and globetrotter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
THE RÉCOLLETS AND THE JESUITS
with Gilles Proulx, columnist for the Journal de Montréal and globetrotter

For more information, click on CONFERENCES.

Gilles Proulx

These lectures take place at the Catherine-Crolo pavilion (Maison Saint-Gabriel), 2146 Place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.

Admission: $15.00 and $10.00 for the Friends of Maison Saint-Gabriel
(Taxes included)

Reservations required: 514 935-8136

Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière
Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière
The Recollets and the Jesuits
The Recollets and the Jesuits
Mgr François de Montmorency-Laval
Mgr François de Montmorency-Laval

Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ST. CATHERINE’S DAY
According to the legend, taffy dates back to the French Regime, with Marguerite and her young students. This festive day dedicated to St. Catherine is such a great way to celebrate Montréal’s 375th anniversary!

For this day, we invite you to wear a St. Catherine’s day bonnet. Special prizes!

For more information, click on ST. CATHERINE. 

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Photo: Pierre Guzzo

During the evening, at 7:30 p.m.
ST. CATHERINE'S EVENING
History, stories, music and songs are on the programme. Wonderful taffy will be available. An evening you won’t want to miss!

For more information about this evening,
click on ST. CATHERINE’S EVENING.

This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the historic barn located at 2146 Place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.

Reservations required
Charlevoix metro station (Bus 57 East)

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Photo: Pierre Guzzo
LA SAINTE-CATHERINE
Photo: David Alvarado Mora
LA SAINTE-CATHERINE
Photo: David Alvarado Mora
LA SAINTE-CATHERINE
Photo: David Alvarado Mora

DECEMBER, A FESTIVE MONTH FOR THE 375th

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
A CHRISTMAS BALL FOR MONTRÉAL’S 375th
The museum’s Christmas balls hanging on the tree are magnificent. These sparkling balls are irresistible. Watch as a glassblower creates a ball for Montréal’s 375th.

An excellent communicator, this artist is able to keep the attention of a young audience. Come and see him at work during his fascinating and educational activity for the entire family. 

Admission: $15,00 per adult and $25,00 per family (two adults and three children), taxes included, for a guided tour and the workshop.

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Photo: Éric Gourdon


Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
IN THE LAND OF THE SPRITES
Story-teller Céline Jantet invites you to take a trip with sixty sprites who are hanging from the beams in the barn with their mischievous looks.

The sprite Diablon has lost his utensils. He feels very bad about this. Come and help him find them on Sunday, December 10, at 1:00 p.m. The story-teller will give you clues. The person who finds them will receive a prize.

For the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal, the museum’s chef has created a special cookie. It will be served with hot chocolate.

IN THE LAND OF THE SPRITES
Photo: Maude Laferrière
IN THE LAND OF THE SPRITES
Photo: Maude Laferrière
IN THE LAND OF THE SPRITES
Photo: Maude Laferrière

Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
MIDNIGHT MASS AND RÉVEILLION
What better way close the festivities for  Montréal’s 375th than with a midnight mass?

Christmas songs, old carts and historic personalities are on the programme. This will be followed by a festive réveillon. Places are limited. The date for reservations will be posted at a later time.

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A. Latulippe