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Major discoveries were made during the archaeological dig campaign carried out by Pointe-à-Callière during the summer of 2013 at the location of the former St. Ann’s Market and the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, classified as a heritage site by Québec’s Department of Culture and Communications. In all, close to 50,000 artefacts and biofacts—in addition to the charred remains of 35 books—have been brought to light at the dig, on Place D’Youville West in Old Montréal, beneath a former City of Montréal parking lot where the remains of these sites are located.
In line with its series of exhibitions on symbolic Montréal places, Pointe-à-Callière is proud to present Lives and Times of the Plateau, an exhibition saluting the intertwined everyday lives and multitude of invented lives that have given the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood its distinctive character and tremendous creativity. Lives and Times of the Plateau opens on October 23 and will run until September 1, 2014.
Pointe-à-Callière invites visitors of all ages to come learn about the cultural origins of Halloween and related beliefs, with its popular Jack O'Lantern tour. It’s the perfect setting for scary stories! Children accompany Jack on a humorous and whimsical trip through an authentic archaeological site in search of some strange but friendly characters, who will share all the magic and enchantment of this great autumn celebration.
Francine Lelièvre, the Executive Director of Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s archaeology and history museum, is the recipient of the 2013 Career Award from the Société des musées québécois (SMQ). She received the honour at the SMQ’s annual congress in Québec City on October 9, 2013, acknowledging her exceptional contribution to museology, management, conservation, presentation, education, and to the showcasing of Québec’s historical and archaeological heritage.
When the Mariners’ House was in the process of being refurbished as part of Pointe-à-Callière’s expansion project, the Museum’s teams were surprised to find a time capsule that had been buried when the building was originally constructed, in 1953. Continuing the tradition, Pointe-à-Callière created a new stainless steel box engraved with the name La Mémoire du temps (The Memory of Time), which was filled with items relating to the newly refurbished building, inaugurated in 2013. A brief ceremony to mark its burying took place today, September 26, in the presence of the boards of directors of both Pointe-à-Callière and its Foundation.