March 2013

A new home for the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation

For immediate release

Montréal, March 6, 2013 – The Mariners’ House provides new homes for the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation and the Members Club.

The Pointe-à-Callière Foundation, created in 1993, is a charitable organization intended to foster a sense of identification with the Museum’s mission and to bring together the resources needed to support the Museum’s activities aimed at conserving and sharing our collective heritage and educating the public.. Through the financial assistance it offers the Museum, the Foundation contributes to research, helps to preserve the archaeological remains of Montréal’s birthplace and supports the development of its many collections. It also helps to produce exhibitions and supports the development of cultural events and educational activities for young people, schools and families. Russell Goodman is the current President of the Foundation.

The Members’ Club: a new gathering place
The many Members of the Museum now have a new gathering space: a lounge designed just for them. These Members are an important support group for the Museum, and many of them volunteer to help out at different Museum activities and events. These archaeology, history and culture buffs are true ambassadors for the Museum, and this new Members’ Lounge is a way of thanking them and showing how much the Pointe-à-Callière team appreciates their work. The Lounge is located on Level 3 of the Mariners’ House.

Concrete, highly significant achievements
Right from the start, the Foundation has been involved in preserving and showcasing Montréal’s first Catholic cemetery, introducing school programs, renewing the multimedia show on Montréal’s history, creating the Archaeological Field School, and acquiring and showcasing the Youville Pumping Station and the Mariners’ House.

A major fundraising campaign
In 2013, the Foundation is conducting a major fundraising campaign aimed at helping the Museum create the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, a world-class museum and tourism complex that will bring together some ten different sites that played significant roles in the history of Montréal, Quebec and Canada as a whole. The Co-Presidents of this important campaign, to be officially launched in fall 2013, are Louis Vachon, President and CEO of National Bank, and David McAusland, Partner with the McCarthy Tétrault legal firm.