400th anniversary of the birth of Maisonneuve
To mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Paul de Chomedey, sieur de
Maisonneuve, Pointe-à-Callière has organized a series of talks,
activities, and events that will lead us in the footsteps of the founder
of Montréal all year long.
February 11, 2012
“History Saturdays” lecture on Maisonneuve and his era, organized by La Société historique de Montréal and Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, with Louis Gagnon and Éric Bouchard.
From March 1st to mid-September 2012
Tribute to Maisonneuve is a showcase featuring objects and manuscripts, which can be viewed on the mezzanine level at Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.
From May 17 to December 31, 2012
On the occasion of the 370th anniversary of Montréal, the 400th anniversary of Maisonneuve’s birth, and the 20th anniversary of Pointe-à-Callière, the Museum—through a partnership with Montreal History Museums—is coordinating a formative event on the theme of history: Montréal, City of History. For the first time and under a single banner, this event brings together activities organized by some thirty museums and organizations dedicated to protecting, better understanding, and increasing awareness of the city’s historical heritage. The event will pay tribute to the city’s origins and to the organizations that allow us to explore it, that explain its history, and that showcase the various facets of its development. Montréal, City of History will be launched on May 1st, 2012.
From May 17 to December 31, 2012
Pointe-à-Callière celebrates its 20th birthday on May 17, 2012, while Montréal marks its 370th anniversary. From that date until the end of the year, the Museum is offering Montrealers free admission to the permanent exhibitions Where Montréal Was Born and Montréal Love Stories as a way of thanking residents for their loyalty! (*Proof of residence required)
May 27, 2012
Ten years ago, Pointe-à-Callière began its project to create an Archaeological Field School at the birthplace of Montréal. Through a partnership with the Université de Montréal, the City of Montréal, and Québec’s Department of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, each year since 2002, the Field School has welcomed students who are given an opportunity to take part in digs at the very spot where Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance, and the first Montrealers settled. The discoveries made on the site are important steps towards furthering our knowledge of the history of Montréal. Remains of Fort Ville-Marie and of Callière’s residence have been brought to light. Pointe-à-Callière’s Archaeological Field School is holding an open house on May 27, during Pointe-à-Callière’s A Cultural Feast.
?Public announcement of the results of 10 years of archaeological excavations on the site of Fort Ville-Marie and Callière’s residence at Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.
August 25 and 26, 2012
The City Under the City, a presentation being held during Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th Century Public Market. The public is invited to come meet archaeologists and learn about the most recent discoveries made at the birthplace of Montréal. This activity takes place on an ongoing basis, on Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.