Do you know your Montréal history? - Montréal's 375th launches a particpative time line

MONTRÉAL, May 16, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Can you answer the following questions about Montréal's history?

In what year did Montréal's founders, who included Jeanne Mance, arrive here?

How far back do traces of human presence on the island of Montréal go?

Do you know who opened the first school in Montréal and in what year?

Did you know that the first public mention of our national sport was made in The Gazette newspaper? In what year?

When did the first car appear on the city's streets? 

You can find the answers to these questions on the web site of Montréal's 375th anniversary. Created by Montréal en Histoires and the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375 Anniversary in collaboration with the Archives de la Ville de Montréal, this participative time line groups together a non-exhaustive series of events that have shaped Montréal's history, past and present. The main events were proposed and chosen by Martin Landry, historian and person responsible for historical content at Montréal en Histoires and Mario Robert, Archives Director of the Ville de Montréal. The public is invited to contribute to the time line by submitting events that are testament to the city's dynamism.

Learn more about the timeline and the Archives of the Ville de Montréal:

 The time line at a glance

  • Close to 100 original events included
  • Left uncomplete on purpose, it aims to make our city's history known through the participation of the public
  • Five distinct themes: politics, economy, society, culture and sports
  • All submissions will be evaluated and approved by Mario Robert, Section Manager of the Archives at the Ville de Montréal, who will act as moderator, before being put on line.
  • Link to submit an event:


"A number of events have contributed to shaping Montréal's history and influencing the city's development," said Alain Gignac, General Manager of the Society. "All along the 375th time line, you can see key events that contributed to the dynamism that the city enjoys today. It also highlights people of action who, through daring, imagination and passion have contributed to building the vibrant metropolis of modern-day Montréal."

"Commemorating the founding of Montréal in 2017 is a pivotal moment in our history, a focal point for celebrating and rediscovering our city. With its Time Line, the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary shines the spotlight on Montréal's heritage as well as its rich history, culture and social fabric, its incredible diversity and its openness to the world. This project will mobilize citizens and contribute to the renewed sense of pride of Montrealers and Quebecers feel toward the city," said Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.

"As we've said many times before, 2017 will give Montrealers and their visitors the chance to reclaim our history and envision our future. Whether it's with Toponym'Elles or the Pointe-à-Callière Museum legacy, a number of initiatives will enable us to share these important moments in our history, and this project is one of many others like it that have already been undertaken. I invite all Montrealers to become a part of the experience!" added Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal.

 "The time line allows us to see, at a glance, the major events and key dates in our city's history," explained Mario Robert, Section Manager of the Archives Section of the Archives de la Ville de Montréal. "It allows us to discover stories and anecdotes about familiar public figures or places. It is an honour for me to help bring greater prominence to Montréal's history and it will be a pleasure to read and validate the public's suggestions."

"Montréal en Histoires is excited to help provide greater visibility to the history of Montréal through this collaboration and encourages Montrealers to be part of it. This participative time line strengthens Montréal en Histoire's role as a legacy project for the city," said Martin Laviolette, General Manager and Executive Producer of Montréal en Histoires.

About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the 2017 celebrations. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst to realize its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage funding, devise quality programming and ensure visibility of the celebrations. Driven by the desire to build bridges between various stakeholders within the community, it is supported by a board of directors, a board of governors and several committees. It benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Gouvernement du Québec and 10 Great Montrealers. For more information:

About Montréal en Histoires
The mission of Montréal en Histoires is to develop and produce various projects to enable Montréalers and visitors to discover, explore and celebrate Montréal's history. Montréal en Histoires activities are focused on three projects: producing Cité Mémoire, a major work by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon with the collaboration of Michel Marc Bouchard, and creating both the techno-historic walking tour as well as an educational platform about Montréal's history.


SOURCE Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

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For further information: Isabelle Pelletier, 514-238-4178,; Source: Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary,,,


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