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Discussing Poiriers and Perrys when Tuesday Talks begin at P.E.I. Acadian Museum

Five generations of the Poirier family from Tignish, 1903, from left, Joseph, François, Jean, Gilbert and Colas. – Submitted by Acadian Museum (photo by W.S. Louson)
Five generations of the Poirier family from Tignish, 1903, from left, Joseph, François, Jean, Gilbert and Colas. – Submitted by Acadian Museum (photo by W.S. Louson) - Contributed

MISCOUCHE, P.E.I. – The 14th edition of the Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum will start on July 10 and continue until Aug. 14. As usual, three of the talks will be given in French and three in English.
The first talk on July 10 is in English. Historian Georges Arsenault will give a presentation on the Poirier/Perry family of Prince Edward Island. He will trace the origin of this family and explain why and when some members of the Poirier family adopted the surname Perry. He will also mention several members of this large family who have distinguished themselves on the Island.
The July 17 talk will bring together three Island Acadians: Father Albin Arsenault, Donald Arsenault and Claudette Thériault. In 1972, they were part of a team of 12 young people who conducted a survey in the Acadian regions of the province on the future of the French language. During their talk (in French), they will share their memories of this project and compare their findings 46 years ago to the current situation of French life on the Island.
Historian Earle Lockerby will be the guest speaker on July 24. His presentation in English will deal with the Island Acadians of the 1760s and focus on the issue of the oath of allegiance to the British Crown.
Georges Arsenault will be back on July 31 with a talk in French about the food served at traditional wedding banquets held in Acadian homes on the Island up to the 1960s.
On Aug. 7, Doug Sobey, an historian of the Island’s forests, will present a fully illustrated talk in English looking at the evidence in the Island’s historical records of both the French and British colonial periods for the building of log houses on P.E.I.
The Tuesday Talks will come to a close on Aug. 14, when Jeannita Bernard will lead a discussion in French on “La Cuisine à Mémé,” a popular dinner theatre at the Étoile de Mer Restaurant in Mont-Carmel from 1985 to 2003. That activity contributed greatly to the cultural and tourism industry in the Evangeline Region. Several of the actors and musicians who participated in the supper theatre will take part in the discussion. 
All talks begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served after each presentation.
The Acadian Museum of P.E.I. is located in Miscouche on Highway 2, 10 km west of Summerside. For information contact (902) 432-2880.

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