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Molson Coors yesterday donated an amount of $325 000 to Pointe Callière Foundation in support of the planned expansion of Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History. The company thus becomes one of the first private donors to pledge support for this important cultural initiative in the heart of Montreal.

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Archaeologists have found a large number of artefacts and bones at an archaeological dig on the site of St. Ann’s Market, which served as the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, on Place D’Youville West in Old Montréal. The objects have already filled 45 bins, and just as many more can be expected, as the excavation is to continue until mid-October.

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Pointe-à-Callière is inviting the public to go back to the origins of Montréal’s very first market with Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th-Century Public Market. Over the course of two days, the Museum proposes an authentic trip back to the heart of Montréal’s first public marketplace. The event takes place rain or shine in Place Royale and in the area around the Museum, on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28.

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Pointe-à-Callière presents several activities taking place throughout the month of August as part of Archaeo Month 2011

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To accommodate its annual attendance of over 400,000 visitors—over 100,000 of whom are young people—, Pointe-à-Callière must expand its facilities. With the confirmation of financial support from the Department of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, and from the City of Montréal, which respectively contributed the amounts of $20 M and $2.2 M, Pointe-à-Callière has begun work on a large-scale cultural project in the heart of Old Montréal, with the goal of creating a world-class tourist attraction.

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