Montréal, June 13, 2014 – It was with great pride that Pointe-à-Callière launched on June 12 the activities of GénérationsCité, a new group of young builders and philanthropists supporting the Museum and the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation.
Made up of new creators, professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and other individuals, GénérationsCité intends to contribute in an innovative way to the development of Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex, and to ensure a new generation for the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation.
The group’s very first event gave about one hundred guests the opportunity to explore the exhibition Marco Polo – An Epic Journey and to take up some challenges inspired by the great traveller’s trek. Participants were then welcomed into Pointe-à-Callière’s Montréal 360° Space where they sampled a selection of wines, exceptional spices, and a Marco Polo cake created especially for GénérationsCité. Several partners contributed to the event’s success, including Maison Christian Faure, Spice Trekkers, Réserve & Sélection, Vertuose, and Pure perception.
All of GénérationsCité’s activities will give new Montréal builders the chance to develop a strong bond with Pointe-à-Callière and to make a concrete contribution to the development of one of the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex’s twelve sites: The William Collector Sewer. The true backbone of the Complex, the collector sewer is an exceptional feat of engineering constructed in 1832. Over its 375 m length, the sewer will link all of the sites and buildings in the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex. This magical space is sure to offer a fascinating experience within the very depths of the historic city. GénérationsCité intends to be front and centre in 2017 for the inauguration of the Complex and the William Collector Sewer.
The name GénérationsCité was chosen for its inclusive and multi-generational meaning, while also echoing the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex project (whose name in French is Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal). It also evokes the notion of generosity. It is written without a space to bring to mind the members’ attachment to the Complex project and the Museum’s mission. The members have chosen to keep the same name in English: GenerationsCité.
GénérationsCité’s next event will take place in the fall of 2014. It’s a date! GénérationsCité activities are listed at facebook.com/GenerationsCite and at pacmuseum.qc.ca.
About the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation
Created in 1993, the Foundation works to support the development of Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex. Since its very beginnings, it has contributed to all of Pointe-à-Callière’s large-scale projects. The Foundation is currently conducting its first major fundraising campaign, with a goal of $10 million. Leveraging the development of Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex, this major campaign will allow Pointe-à-Callière to preserve the last major historic sites in Old Montréal and make them accessible to visitors. A little over $9.4 million has been raised to date.
Assistant Director – Pointe-à-Callière Foundation