Here is a glimpse of some previous exhibitions which have been on display at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island.
Digging Into the Past: An Archaeological Discovery in Malpeque Bay
Until January 31, 2015
Archaeological discoveries unveiled at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island
The new exhibition “Digging into the Past: An Archaeological Discovery in Malpeque Bay” was inaugurated at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, in Miscouche, on July 14, 2014. Curated by archaeologist Dr. Helen Kristmanson, provincial Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Archaeology, the exhibition has been produced as part of PEI 2014’s sesquicentennial celebrations.
“Digging into the Past” provides a glimpse into Acadian history on Prince Edward Island. Visitors can witness the past through the archaeologist’s eyes and experience how archaeological research has the power to bring the past and present together.
The exhibition features the results of archaeological investigations conducted between 2008 and 2011 at Pointe-aux-Vieux, a pre-Deportation Acadian site on Malpeque Bay, near Port Hill. Excavations uncovered a remnant homestead containing thousands of personal belongings and objects associated with an Acadian family that settled in Malpeque Bay in the early to mid-18th century.
This Malpeque settlement was founded in 1728 by Pierre Arsenault II, his adult son Charles, and their companion Jean Lambert. Over a period of thirty years, other Acadian families arrived, working together to build a community. By 1752, the Malpeque settlement had grown to include over thirty-two households and over two hundred people.
Archaeological investigations at Pointe-aux-Vieux have recovered information and objects that give us a rare glimpse into the daily life of Island Acadians during the pre-Deportation period. The exhibition displays 18th century artifacts, interpretive panels, and interactive stations to immerse visitors in this period of our Island history.
The exhibition was designed and produced by Form:Media (Dartmouth, NS), Skyline Atlantic (Moncton, NB), and Technomedia (Charlottetown, PEI).
The exhibition was sponsored by P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation with the collaboration of the Association of the Acadian Museum. Major funding was provided by PEI 2014 Inc. with a contribution by Canadian Heritage as well as donations by several generous Islanders.
The exhibition will be on display until January 31, 2015. Located in Miscouche, the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island is open year round. Visiting hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In July and August, the Acadian Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information: (902) 432-2880.
The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island – 1964 – 2014: Guardian of Acadian Heritage for 50 Years
Until May 2014
Island Acadian Men: A Journey Through Generations
Until October 31, 2013
Five generations of the Poirier family, 1903
Taken by the photographer W.S. Louson, this famous photo features five generations of Acadians from Tignish, Prince Edward Island, born between 1806 and 1898. From l. to r.: Joseph, François, Jean, Gilbert, and Colas.
Public Archives and Records Office of PEI
The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, in Miscouche, presents the new exhibition “Island Acadian Men: A Journey Through Generations”. This exhibition pays tribute to Island Acadian men and boys through a display of beautiful old photographs dating from 1895 to 1960. Most of the exhibition’s 65 photos come from family albums from the various Acadian regions of Prince Edward Island. Historian Georges Arsenault, guest curator, conducted the research and the selection of the photos. The exhibition also features artifacts from the Acadian Museum’s collection which are related to various traditional men’s occupations. The exhibition will be on display until the end of October 2013. Information: (902) 432-2880.
La Roche & Le Grand Ruisseau: 200 Years in Egmont Bay and Mont-Carmel
May 26, 2012 – October 28, 2012
The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island opened its new exhibition “La Roche & Le Grand Ruisseau: 200 Years in Egmont Bay and Mont-Carmel” on Sunday, May 27. With this exhibition, the Acadian Museum wishes to commemorate this year’s Bicentennial of the parishes of Egmont Bay and Mont-Carmel. The exhibition pays tribute to this Island region founded in 1812 by Acadian families who were living on the shores of Malpeque Bay.
This major exhibition is presented in two of the Museum’s galleries. The first one features various aspects of the history of the parishes. Thanks to maps, historical photos, and artifacts, visitors will be well informed about the founding and development of these communities as well as on their economic, social, religious, and educational life.
The second gallery presents superb recent photos taken in Egmont Bay and Mont-Carmel by local photographers Léona Arsenault and Jacinthe Laforest. Those by Léona Arsenault showcase the landscape while those by Jacinthe Laforest document people’s lives.
This exhibition was produced with a collaborative effort by a team which included Cécile Gallant, director of the Acadian Museum, Georges Arsenault, curator of the historical component of the exhibition, Gloria Arsenault, responsible for the exhibit installation, and Angèle Barriault, administrative assistant, in charge of exhibit label production. Graphic design was done by Alexandre Roy and design of the introductory panel by Claude Arsenault.
The exhibition was made possible with funding from Canadian Heritage and Tourism and Culture P.E.I.
The exhibition was officially opened by Denise Arsenault, of Egmont Bay, and Jean-Pierre Gallant, of Mont-Carmel, two of the area’s oldest residents.
The exhibition will be on display until October 28, 2012. Visiting hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In July and August, the Acadian Museum will be opened daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Information : (902) 432-2880.
From Board to Board
January 15, 2012 – May 6, 2012
The travelling exhibition “From Board to Board: Architecture of Acadian Houses from Early Acadie until the 19th Century” is on display since January 15, 2012, at the Acadian Museum, in Miscouche. This bilingual exhibition, on loan from the Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton, includes well-researched and well-illustrated display panels on Acadian architecture, including the Doucet House. The exhibition is the result of extensive research by Bernard LeBlanc, curator at the Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton.
The exhibition “From Board to Board” showcases the Acadian tradition of construction that has been passed down from generation to generation. The exhibit features an historical as well as technical overview of Acadian architecture.
There is a glance on the first dwellings of the 1604 Habitation of Sainte Croix Island to the houses destroyed in the conflagrations of the Great Upheaval of the mid-18th century. Houses of the post-Deportation era, from the 1760s up to the mid-19th century, are also represented with examples in drawings and photographs.
Different construction types found in Acadia are illustrated such as log, timber-framed, torchis, and plank houses. The typical evolution of an Acadian house, with its addition of dormers and an ell, is also shown. In addition, the exhibition presents a comparison of Acadian houses with those of the Louisiana Cajuns, the Québécois and the Anglo-Americans.
The exhibition is further enriched with exhibit panels on the Doucet House on loan from the Farmers’ Bank of Rustico, and a display of woodworking tools from the Acadian Museum of P.E.I.’s collection, such as planes, saws, broad axes to square logs. Hélène Bergeron researched the names and uses of the various woodworking tools and Gloria Arsenault installed the various components and artifacts of the exhibition.
“From Board to Board” will be on display at the Acadian Museum until May 6, 2012. Visiting hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission by donation. For more information, call (902) 432-2880. The Acadian Museum is one of the seven sites of Museum and Heritage P.E.I.
Island Acadian Women: Photos from the Years 1880 to 1960
May 15, 2011 – December 30, 2011
The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island inaugurated a new temporary exhibition on May 15, 2011.
Titled ‘‘Island Acadian Women,” the exhibition honours the Acadian women of Prince Edward Island through photographs dating from 1880 to 1960.
According to the exhibit’s guest curator, Georges Arsenault, the main objective of the exhibition is not to celebrate distinguished Island Acadian women, but rather to pay hommage to all Acadian women, from little girls to mothers to grandmothers.
The majority of the exhibit’s 75 photographs come from private collections from various corners of the province. To select these photographs, Georges Arsenault first had to criss-cross the Island visiting homes and archival centers, and also consult his own impressive collection. After sifting through several thousands of photos, he made his final selection.
Most of the photos were taken by amateur photographers using small cameras without a flash. This explains why few of the exhibit’s photos were taken indoors. However, the photos represent well the lives of Island Acadian women up until the mid-20th century.
Apart from the photographs, the exhibition also features many artifacts from the Acadian Museum’s collection which are related to the lives of Island Acadian women.
Acadian Museum director Cécile Gallant says she is thrilled to present this exhibition ”that aims to celebrate and to foster a better understanding of the multiple roles and the immense contribution of our Acadian mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers.”
Debbie Gallant, president of Actions Femmes Î.-P.-É., declared the official opening of the exhibition. (Citation by Debbie)
Besides the participation of curator Georges Arsenault, the exhibition’s team included the following: Cécile Gallant, coordinator, Angèle Barriault, responsible for production of labels, Gloria Arsenault, exhibition installer, Alexandre Roy, graphic artist for the exhibit’s panels, and Claude Arsenault, who designed the title panel and the exhibition’s poster.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to financial assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The exhibition will be on display until October 30, 2011. The Acadian Museum’s visiting hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (902) 432-2880.
The 50th Anniversary of Evangeline School: 1960-2010
November 14, 2010 – May 1, 2011
The exhibition “The 50th Anniversary of Evangeline School, 1960-2010” was inaugurated at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, in Miscouche, on November 14, 2010. The exhibition told the story of the Evangeline School, the first regional high school on Prince Edward Island. It featured over one hundred photos and various artifacts depicting the 50 years history of École Évangéline, and its many activities up to the present day. A life-sized reproduction of principal Sister Jeanne d’Arc, a legendary figure from the school, welcomed visitors at the entrance of the exhibition. Visitors saw unfold before their eyes the first years of Evangeline Regional High School and how it evolved into today’s Evangeline School, a French-language school for Grades 1 to 12. The exhibition was curated by Hélène Bergeron.
Evangeline Regional High School was officially opened on October 26, 1960. About 1,400 students have graduated between 1960 and 2010. The school has had a cultural impact on the Island and elsewhere and has played an important role in keeping the French language and Acadian culture alive on Prince Edward Island.
Hooked Rugs by Island Acadians: Keeping the Tradition Alive
May 3, 2010 – October 31, 2010
The exhibition “Hooked Rugs by Island Acadians: Keeping the Tradition Alive” was inaugurated at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, in Miscouche, on May 3, 2010. The exhibition featured over 70 hooked rugs by 21 Acadian artisans from across the Island. These wonderful rugs, a kaleidoscope of colours and designs, were truly a feast for the eyes! The official opening was declared by Island Acadian singer-songwriter Angèle Arsenault. The exhibition was curated by Hélène Bergeron.
The Deportation of the Acadians of Île Saint-Jean : A Remarkable Story of Courage and Determination
June 2, 2008 – January 4, 2009
The exhibition “The Deportation of the Acadians of Île Saint-Jean : A Remarkable Story of Courage and Determination” was inaugurated at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, in Miscouche, on June 2, 2008. Honourable Robert Ghiz, Premier of the Province, declared the official opening of the exhibition. Researched by historian Georges Arsenault, the exhibition featured several Acadians who were living on Île Saint-Jean in 1758 and who relate how the Deportation disrupted, even destroyed, their lives and those of their families. These individuals and their stories were represented by life-size mannequins and large canvasses, original works by the artist Lucie B. Bellemare. The exhibition also included maps, artifacts from archeological digs, and charcoal portraits of Island Acadian ancestors.
Island Acadians in the Two World Wars
November 12, 2006 - October 14, 2007
The exhibition “Island Acadians in the Two World Wars” was inaugurated at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, in Miscouche, on November 12, 2006. The exhibition paid tribute to the many Acadians from Prince Edward Island who served in the First and Second World War. The exhibition featured numerous photos, medals, and soldiers’ letters related to Island Acadian soldiers. It also included uniforms displayed on mannequins, war maps, and other objects related to the two World Wars.
In the two world wars, close to 200 Acadians from Prince Edward Island were killed. In the Egmont Bay parish alone, 28 young men died in action – 15 in the First and 13 in the Second World War. A Memorial Wall in the exhibition commemorated the memory of all these fallen soldiers