MONTRÉAL, Jan. 12, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the festivities surrounding Montréal's 375th anniversary, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum will be launching a new exhibition in spring 2017, looking at the city's birth. What if Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance were not Montréal's only founders?
The Museum, devoted to the legacy of Marguerite Bourgeoys, dubbed "the mother of the colony," will take visitors on a fascinating voyage back in time on a quest to identify the city's founders. Using a bold approach and a touch of humour, the exhibition will take a new look at the historical and spiritual pillars of the colony called Ville-Marie, which grew to become Montréal. Through portraits of little-known but memorable figures, visitors will come to understand the unique challenges involved in founding our city. Samuel de Champlain, Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière, Jean-Jacques Olier, Pierre Chevrier, Angélique de Bullion, the Société de Notre-Dame, the conscripts of 1642 – and why not the Hochelagans, too? – are some of the candidates for this prestigious title.
The exhibition will explain how the founders' objectives reflected the concerns of individuals or a whole society in different eras. And at the end of the journey, visitors will be asked who they think Montréal's real founders were.
Are you up for the challenge? It will be waiting for you at the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum starting on March 16, 2017.
This announcement comes exactly 315 years to the day after the death of Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montréal's first school and the Congregation of Notre-Dame.
Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
400 St. Paul Street East
Old Montreal (Champ-de-Mars Metro Station)
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