Acadian Museum marks 50th anniversary Sunday

Mike Carson
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MISCOUCHE – A year-long celebration of the Island’s Acadian heritage kicks off this Sunday in Miscouche.

A dream becomes reality. Professor J. Henri Blanchard and Sister Antoinette DesRoches having a conversation the day of the official opening of the Acadian Museum, in Miscouche, on Aug. 25, 1964. It was Professor Blanchard’s dream to have such a museum and it was Sister DesRoches, Chair of the Acadian Historical Society of P.E.I., who called the founding meeting which was held on Jan. 26, 1964.

 

The public is invited to the opening of the exhibition “The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, 1964 – 2014: Guardian of Acadian Heritage for 50 Years” which will be held at the Acadian Museum, in Miscouche, Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.

“This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary all year long with different activities,” Cecile Gallant said. “The first activity is this Sunday because it is the exact date in 1964 that the Association of the Acadian Museum was founded.”

She said the National Film Board filmed activities in Miscouche, Rustico and Victoria by Sea.

“There are great shots,” Gallant said. “Professionally done of the official opening of the old Acadian Museum in 1964. The present museum opened in 1991 in the summer but it’s on the same spot. They had to demolish the other one. The other one served its purpose from 1964 to 1990 and then the construction began and we were in it in the Summer of 199. And although we were in it in 1991, it officially opened on April 24, 1992.”

She said the idea of creating an Acadian museum started back in 1955.

“In 1955, Island Acadians founded the Acadian Historical Society of Prince Edward Island,” Gallant said. “They expressed a wish of one day to have an Acadian museum. So, we say it’s a dream that became a reality about nine years later in 1964.”

She said the exhibition recreates the ambience of the old Acadian Museum and also tells the story of the 50 years of the Museum with a display of numerous artifacts and photos.

The event will also be an opportunity to launch the festivities of the 50th anniversary of the Acadian Museum during 2014. Mr. Edgar Arsenault, Chair of the Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, will announce the activities which will be held all through the year.

The fiddler Peter Arsenault and musician Gary Gallant will bring a festive air to the event with their music. Refreshments will be served, including a 50th anniversary cake! The exhibition will be on display until May 2014. Information: 432-2880. (Storm date: Feb. 9).

mcarson@journalpioneer.com 

Organizations: Acadian Museum, National Film Board, Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Miscouche, Victoria

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