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2012 Annual Report Pointe-à-Callière From 1992 to 2012, Pointe-à-Callière has come a long way. And we re only getting started! A BRIGHT FUTURE Sites recognized as nationally important by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada The Great site Peace where of the Montréal Montréal s birthplace Montréal s first Place Royale Custom House 2012 years of digs 10on the site where Montréal was founded 103 interns 16 assistants 14 student projects 6 theses 1 dissertation 1 st Custom House in Montréal (Ancienne-Douane) 2 nd 3 most-popular museum in Montréal 19 books 32published 18 in collaboration with experts 10 of 1701 was signed and the two men largely responsible for it: Louis-Hector de Callière, Governor General of New France, and Kondiaronk, Grand Chief of the Wyandot 1 st 1 st 1 st 1 st French settlement (Fort Ville-Marie) collector sewer in Montréal (William collector sewer) electric pumping station in Montréal multimedia shows 18 th -Century Public Markets Port Symphonies Cultural Feasts Catholic cemetery in Montréal 6Nearly million visitors temporary exhibitions 20 international 15 exclusive world firsts national and international awards Sites classified by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec The Pointe à Callière site Place Royal The site of St. Ann s Market, the Parliament of the United Province of Canada and the William collector sewer 1 st marketplace in Montréal 1.8 million A museum on its way to becoming the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex young people and students Pratt & Whitney scholarships awarded to history or archaeology students international national lending museums 8,835 m ,335 m 2 Message from the Chair of the Board of the Société du Musée_20 years of achievements and plans. On May 17, 1992, Montrealers received a birthday present: their new Museum of Archaeology and History, Pointe-à-Callière. At the time, everyone thought the name a bit odd. Now, twenty years later, it is regularly cited by regional, national and international media as an amazingly vibrant museum and, above all, one that is well loved by Montrealers. Thanks to them and the many, many visitors from around the globe, the Museum has grown as can be seen from the list of accomplishments on the opposite page, and the very impressive 392,569 visitors in It was the Museum s second-best year ever, all the more remarkable since tourism in Montréal was down slightly. A terrific year, in terms of ticket sales and another balanced budget. The Museum gave Montrealers some gifts for its 20 th birthday: new exhibition rooms in the Mariners House and a program of history-centred activities. To mark the city s 370 th anniversary, the Museum launched an initiative called Montréal, City of History, bringing together museums and other institutions to offer a whole roster of activities. More than ever a museum of Montréal and of the whole world, Pointe-à-Callière received support from the Quebec government for its planned expansion announced by the Premier herself and from the City of Montréal, which has made this one of the pillars of its 375 th anniversary celebrations. The magnificent concept of a Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, with phase 1 to be completed in 2013, is off to a great start and bound for success. We owe our impressive list of achievements over the past 20 years and the energy propelling us toward 2017 to many different organizations and individuals: our funding agencies, primarily the City of Montréal, our partners, sponsors and contributors, the Board members of the Société and the Foundation, our employees, Museum Members, donors and volunteers, who share our belief that it is by dreaming big and rolling up our sleeves that we can prove ourselves worthy followers of the visionary men and women who built Montréal. Our particular thanks to Francine Lelièvre, who since the very first has directed the museum with such passion and vision, and to Sophie Brochu, who chaired its Board for four years. I know you will all continue to support us as we create our new Complex. Jacques Parisien Message from the Museum s Executive Director_20 years, 20 special events. It seems like just yesterday that the first visitors walked through Pointe-à-Callière s doors. The fledgling full of such promise has lived up to all the expectations. It is now a young adult, with many accomplishments to its credit and determined to continue on its quest for excellence. To celebrate the Museum s 20 th birthday we held 20 special events, an exceptional line-up of activities that was enthusiastically received despite the disruptions caused by the Mariners House renovations. For the first time ever, we ran two temporary exhibitions simultaneously, each one accompanied by a 160-page publication. The Etruscans An Ancient Italian Civilization was an international exhibition that filled two new rooms with world heritage treasures for Montrealers to admire. Meanwhile, in the Éperon building, the exclusive Samurai The Prestigious Collection of Richard Béliveau exhibition presented the superb private collection of this well-known enthusiast for all things Japanese. The event drew tremendous crowds, including many fathers and sons. In another premiere arranged with the help of private collectors, Pointe-à-Callière mounted a permanent exhibition off site, in partnership with the École de technologie supérieure: Now for a Dow! The Story of a Montréal Brewery. Thanks to our Montréal Faves contest, thousands of Web visitors wished their city a happy birthday by voting on their favourite symbols of Montréal. In these pages you can read about festive gatherings, captivating educational activities and fascinating lectures, in short all the exciting offerings typical of Pointe-à-Callière. Another popular new feature was the conversion of rue Place D Youville into a pedestrian mall for the summer. And of course there is the new Museum Shop in the Mariners House, freeing up space in the Ancienne-Douane building for our first permanent exhibition just for young visitors, the first phase of an educational agenda designed to place more emphasis on this clientele, not to mention the virtual exhibition on 1701, The Great Peace of Montréal. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who, for 20 years now, has helped me steer the museum, and to my superb team. With the upcoming inauguration of all the new spaces in the Mariners House, we will be taking a new step toward the opening of a tourism and cultural complex unlike anything else in Old Montréal by For the time being, I invite you to keep visiting and supporting a museum that is younger and more determined than ever! Francine Lelièvre A LONG-AWAITED EVENT The Etruscans An Ancient Italian Civilization_temporary exhibition. For many years, the Museum had dreamed of devoting an international exhibition to a fascinating civilization that was undeservedly little-known in North America: the Etruscans. The dream finally came true, with the help of some 20 Italian lending institutions including the Vatican Museums, the Villa Giulia in Rome and the Archaeological Museum of Florence, and other institutions like the Louvre, the British Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It was also made possible by guest curator Filippo Delpino, Etruscologist and Director of Research at the Istituto di Studi sulle Civilità Italiche e del Mediterraneo Antico, in Rome, who selected over 200 objects, including some Etruscan heritage treasures like the Aristonothos krater. From June 23 to November 25, in two rooms in the Mariners House inaugurated for the occasion, visitors were led on a trip through space and time for a peek into the intimate lives of these men and women acclaimed since Antiquity for their joie de vivre. The exhibition started off with a general introduction to set the scene. Then it explored the fertile soils and rich mineral deposits on which this prosperous society was built. There was a tour of various powerful cities where the arts flourished, including temples devoted to many different gods and goddesses. And an invitation to a banquet with a wealthy family, featuring bronze kitchen utensils, bucchero pitchers (a fine and uniquely Etruscan style of ceramics), and gold and silver tableware laid out elegantly in table-like display cases. The walls were adorned with priceless original 19 th -century ink and watercolour tracings by Carlo Ruspi, made to preserve the frescoes in the Tomb of the Triclinium. Then our time travellers could admire some items belonging to the mistress and master of the house: a carved ostrich egg and seashell, dazzling gold jewellery, writing implements including a vase bearing the oldest known alphabet an opportunity to point out that the Etruscans language, which so intrigued their contemporaries, can no longer be termed mysterious. Then came an explanation of the science of haruspices, soothsayers who could read the gods will in a sheep s liver. Lastly, after describing the slow but inevitable fall of the Etruscan cities before the might of Rome, the exhibition concluded with a dozen stunning busts and the impressive Sarcophagus of the Spouses. One of Ruspi s tracings graced the cover of a 160-page exhibition publication, in French, produced by the Museum. And two Belles Soirées lectures at the Université de Montréal, by Christian R. Raschle and Beaudoin Caron, were devoted to the Etruscans. The exhibition, scheduled to mark the 20 th anniversary of the Quebec-Italy Joint Subcommittee, won high praise from visitors and the media alike. It proved an unforgettable encounter. 3 A TREMENDOUSLY POPULAR EVENT Samurai The Prestigious Collection of Richard Béliveau_temporary exhibition. The exhibition room in the Éperon building had started the year in Asia, with Colours of India, presented until April 22. Then, on May 17, it teleported itself all the way to the Far East, with the premiere of a world exclusive exhibition on the Japan of the samurai, to continue until March 31, By December 31, 2012, over 200,000 visitors had already flocked to see it, including more fathers, teenage boys and sons than any other temporary exhibition had ever drawn to the Museum. Its popularity was no surprise to Richard Béliveau, with his encyclopedic knowledge of samurai culture. The world-renowned researcher and well-known writer and television host generously loaned the Museum some 275 wonders from his private collection, one of the world s five largest of its kind. They included extraordinarily beautiful battle gear, from armour to crimson masks, helmets, swords and spears and, just as important to Mr. Béliveau, ceramics, bamboo vases, calligraphy and incense boxes illustrating the inner ways of the ideal samurai. Visitors were invited to explore the Way of the Warrior and its code of honour, the Way of Tea, the Way of Incense, the Way of Flowers, the Way of Calligraphy and the Way of the Sword. A yin and yang exhibition, then, balancing between violence and the contemplation of nature, between life and death, an invitation to lose oneself in the Buddha s smile and to admire the hamon (temper line) on a blade, the work of a master swordsmith and excerpts from the famous film Seven Samurai. As a tribute to the lender of these magnificent items who was himself a regular visitor to share his enthusiasm and hosted a number of private events at the Museum the exhibition design used the crab (cancer, in Latin) as a recurring motif, alluding to the researcher s untiring battle to prevent the disease. And as a way of preserving the memory of this wonderful event, the Museum and Éditions Libre Expression jointly published a new book by Mr. Béliveau, Samurai. Exquisite Warriors, in English and French. The abundantly illustrated 160 pages are full of Zen tales exhibiting both wisdom and humour. His lecture as part of the Belles Soirées series at the Université de Montréal, the workshops for record numbers of school groups and a tea ceremony for visitors all made this exhibition an exceptional event. There was also a lecture by Professor Hiroshi Kurushima, of the National Museum of Japanese History, made possible with support from the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Montréal, two of the exhibition partners. 5 Pointe-à-Callière TURNS Montréal TURNS 370 May 17, 2012_The Museum blew out 20 candles and gave everyone some birthday presents. From that date until the end of the year, the Museum offered Montrealers a special gift: free admission to its Where Montréal Was Born and Montréal Love Stories permanent exhibitions. On May 18, 19 and 20, young adults born in 1992, along with the Museum, were admitted free to the current temporary exhibitions. And on May 27, Montréal Museums Day, visitors enjoyed a 50% discount on the Samurai temporary exhibition and free admission to the permanent exhibitions. To mark Pointe-à-Callière s 20 th birthday_20 special events. The Museum wanted Montrealers to join in celebrating its 20 th anniversary all year long, and so invited them to 20 special events and activities, and the first spaces in its new building, the Mariners House. The quality and variety of its attractions drew 392,569 visitors of all ages. In addition, the common logo and visual signature for all communications, featuring historic and contemporary figures at Pointe-à-Callière, earned excellent national and international coverage: close to one thousand articles in the print and electronic media. The skyrocketing number of visits to its website close to one million pages seen, 75% of them by new visitors was another sign of the Museum s soaring popularity in The Montréal Faves: Your Top Picks contest was highly popular, as Web visitors were invited to vote on four thematic lists of Montréal symbols, films and songs that best represent the city and memorable moments in Montréal sports. Press releases were produced for each fave and the winners were revealed at the end of the year: outdoor staircases, Claude Fournier s film Bonheur d occasion, Robert Charlebois song Je reviendrai à Montréal and the 1976 summer Olympic Games. In October, a draw was held for five gift packages, from the thousands of contest entrants on the Museum s website and its Facebook page. And on August 30, the Museum invited up-and-coming members of the business community to a Rendez-vous avec la jeune génération, a fun birthday cocktail party organized in co-operation with the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal.... AND MAISONNEUVE TURNS 400! AWARDS The Museum s birthday_is also Montréal s birthday. To mark the 370 th anniversary of the founding of Montréal on May 17, 1642, Pointe-à-Callière initiated and organized Montréal, City of History, in co-operation with the association of Montréal history museums. For the first time, this event brought together 35 museums and organizations under the same banner, presenting all kinds of activities and events to salute Montréal s past. There were over 60 attractions with something for everyone: exhibitions, tours, chances to hear and meet historians and more. The program was launched on May 1, and the Radio Ville-Marie Temps libre program broadcast 30-minute interviews with representatives of each participating organization until December. In addition, in partnership with the Société historique de Montréal and the Belles Soirées lecture series at the Université de Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière held 16 lectures and cultural activities related to its permanent and temporary exhibitions. On February 15, 1612_Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, was born in Neuvillesur-Vanne, in Champagne. To celebrate this milestone in a manner befitting the 400 th birthday of Montréal s co-founder, Pointe-à-Callière presented a mini-exhibition on the mezzanine of the Éperon building, including a priceless document signed by him personally, reminding visitors of his crucial role in the young colony s survival. In addition, from September 28 to 30, as part of the Journées de la culture, metro users had a chance to meet Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance at the Berri-UQAM station and watch some artistic performances with them, for the En route vers le 375 e de Montréal Les Métro Arts event. Various lectures and other activities retracing Maisonneuve s footsteps were also offered during the year. Gold medal, ICOM-AVICOM, at the International Audiovisual Festival on Museums and Heritage, for the Yours Truly, Montréal website, Web Art category, Honourable mention, American Association of Museums (AAM) Muse Awards, United States, Publications Design Competition, for the Colours of India exhibition, Poster category, Lieutenant- Governor s Award, presented by the Heritage Canada Foundation to Francine Lelièvre, the Museum s Executive Director, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to Canadian and Quebec heritage conservation. The award was presented by the Honourable Pierre Duchesne, Lieutenant- Governor of Quebec. Ms. Lelièvre was named Personality of the week by Montréal daily La Presse, on October 15. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to Manon Blanchette, Director of Operations, by the Governor General of Canada, for her exceptional contribution to Canadian culture and heritage and her work with Canadian museums. OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS NEAR YOU Permanent exhibition outside our walls_now for a Dow! The Story of a Montréal Brewery. Also in conjunction with its 20 th anniversary, Pointe-à-Callière partnered with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) to produce the first-ever exhibition presented outside its walls and a permanent one at that! Starting May 10 and for the next 10 years, Montrealers are invited to visit the site of the former Dow complex brewhouse today the INGO Innovation Centre where they will find an exhibition on this company that made Quebeckers long-time favourite ale. The idea came from the ÉTS, which asked Pointe-à-Callière to help it highlight the historic roots of the Centre and its key role in revitalizing the Griffintown neighbourhood, in a salute to over 200 years of industry and brewing in southwest Montréal. (Note, in passing, that there has been growing interest in projects like this since the Museum presented the 100 Years Underground exhibition in 2010 in partnership with the Commission des services électriques de Montréal.) It was an irresistible proposal, and the uncommon partnership between a museum and a large engineering school led to a fascinating two-part experience introducing visitors first to the economic, social and cultural life of this working-class neighbourhood and then to Dow advertising campaigns and lots of colourful memorabilia. With heart-warming photographs, artifacts on loan from Pierre Guillot- Hurtubise and other collectors and various institutions (including a mini-cookbook by Jehane Benoît with recipes for using Dow ale to make mayonnaise and cookies!), inventive sets and soundtracks, there s something to discover and learn at every turn. The exhibition, on the ground floor at 355 Peel, Montréal, in the heart of the INGO Innovation Centre building, is open to visitors free of charge Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two travelling exhibitions_still on the road. St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Corn People was at the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh, in Lac Saint-Jean, from October 31, 2011 to June 16, 2012, and will be continuing its road trip. Discovering Legends with Jean-Claude Dupont entertained visitors to the Saint-Boniface Museum, in Manitoba, from January 16 to March 18, 2012, and the Sainte-Foy historic interpretation centre, in Quebec City, from April 17, 2012 to January 6, SPECIAL EVENTS 20 special events at Pointe-à-Callière in 2012 to mark its 20 th birthday 8 9 SPECIAL EVENTS WITH EVERYONE In conjunction with the Colours of India exhibition_india in the spotlight. On February 25, during
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