"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

1754: Bon-Secours Burns

MONTREAL, May 30, 2011 /Canada NewsWire Telbec/ - Between June 1st and September 4, 2011, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum in Old Montreal presents 1754: Bon-Secours Burns. Offered every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday, this discovery tour shines a light on the terrible fire that destroyed Montreal's first stone chapel, founded by Marguerite Bourgeoys.

Visitors are invited to gather on the archaeological site in the basement of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, jewel of Montreal's heritage. On this unique site, they can contemplate the ruins of the 17th-century chapel and a number of artefacts that confirm just how destructive the 1754 fire was. The visit will also include the magnificent 18th-century stone crypt with a fascinating exhibit on the history of the chapel and the surrounding neighbourhood.

During the 1996-1997 dig, the archaeologists were astounded by the quality and quantity of the artefacts discovered. More than 5000 items were uncovered on strata covering a period of over 2400 years. In fact, built on an embankment along the river, the chapel stood right beside a number of First Nations artefacts that were found during the dig. Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, centre of Montreal's first neighbourhood outside the original settlement, has been closely connected to the history of the city since its beginnings.

Information :

1754: Bon-Secours Burns
June 1 to September 4, 2011
French: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
English: 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Old Montreal
(514) 282-8670


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