Tuesday Talks at Acadian Museum back for another summer

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MISCOUCHE – The 10th edition of the Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum in Miscouche has begun. The summertime series started July 8 and will run until Aug. 12.

Young Eileen Chiasson and her dog Rover. Eileen Chiasson Pendergast started off the Tuesday Talks at Acadian Museum earlier this week.

Three of the presentations will be given in French and three in English. The talks start at 7:30 p.m.

On July 8, educator Eileen Chiasson Pendergast gave the inaugural talk in French titled “Souvenirs de ma jeunesse à Peterville.” She told stories of her youth in the small Acadian agricultural community of Peterville in West Prince.

On Tuesday, July 15, Dr. Helen Kristmanson, P.E.I.’s director of Aboriginal Affairs and Archaeology, will give an illustrated lecture in English dealing with the archaeological digs at Pointe-aux-Vieux, a pre-Deportation Acadian settlement on Malpeque Bay near Port Hill.

The July 22 talk will be given in French by historian Georges Arsenault. This year being the 50th anniversary of the Acadian Museum of P.E.I., he will give an illustrated talk on the founding and continuing development of the museum. The presentation will include a short video of an interview he did in 1980 with the late Sister Antoinette DesRoches, the museum’s first curator.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Miscouche Convent by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, Sister Della Gaudet will give a talk in English on July 29 titled  “The Miscouche Convent and its 150 year Legacy”.

On Aug. 5, Elva Arsenault will recount, in French, the role that the dynamic members of the Altar Women Society played in her community of Saint-Chrysostome from 1949 to 1963.

The last talk of the series will be held in English on Aug. 12. The guest lecturer will be restoration carpenter and tool collector Tom Pettee from Massachusetts who will discuss some of the oldest artifacts from the Acadian Museum’s collection.

The Acadian Museum of P.E.I. is located in Miscouche, on Route 2. Following the talks, refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information call (902) 432-2880.

Organizations: Acadian Museum of P.E.I., Aboriginal Affairs, Pointe-aux-Vieux Altar Women Society

Geographic location: Peterville, West Prince, Malpeque Bay Port Hill Notre Dame Saint-Chrysostome Massachusetts Miscouche

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