Vernissage of the Student Masterworks exhibition at the Plains of Abraham Museum
June 28, 2017 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission
The vernissage of the 9th edition of the Student Masterworks exhibition was held yesterday at the Plains of Abraham Museum in the presence of Margaret F. Delisle, President of the National Battlefields Commission, Michèle Gagné, Secretary and Director General of the National Battlefields Commission, and Christian and Jean-Pierre Lagueux, the project’s organizers and teachers working for the Beauce-Etchemin School Board. The event took place under the honorary presidency of the Honorable J. Michel Doyon, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. The public is cordially invited to tour the exhibition offered free of charge from July 1 to September 4. It contains some 200 new replicas of historical objects from the New France era up to the 20th century carefully crafted by elementary and high school students. The exhibition is an excellent showcase of a learning project in which museums and schools work together.
Student Masterworks presents creations crafted by students of elementary and high schools of the Beauce-Etchemin, Capitale and Trois-Lacs school boards, Collège Dina-Bélanger and student members of the archeology students association at Université Laval. Of the 500 or so students who participated in the project, 150 had their work selected for the exhibition this summer at the Plains of Abraham Museum for a
9th summer season.
The new collection of close to 200 replicas of historical objects from New France to the 20th century took several thousand hours for the students to complete, assisted by their teachers: Christian Lagueux and Jean-René Boily (Polyvalente de Saint-Georges in Saint-Georges); Jean-Pierre Lagueux (Polyvalente Bélanger in Saint-Martin); Stéphane Couture (École secondaire Cité-de-Jeunes in Vaudreuil-Dorion); Chantale Fortin, Catherine Villeneuve and Josée Thiboutot (École St-Fidèle in Québec); Isabelle Lambert (Collège Dina-Bélanger in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse); and Pascal St-Jacques (archeology students association at Université Laval). Examples of replicas based on the past but made during our era include flags, maps, portraits, drawings, furniture, clothing, wampum, and quilts.
The National Battlefields Commission applauds the involvement of the teachers and students who took part in this project for the purpose of arousing interest and knowledge about our heritage. Their creations replicate everyday objects used by our ancestors. The National Battlefields Commission is proud to showcase the students’ endeavours and our partnership with the Beauce-Etchemin School Board that has overseen this educational activity for the past 17 years.
The 2009 edition of Student Masterworks won the Canadian Museums Association’s prestigious Museums and Schools Partnership Award – A success story for the advancement of scholastic and museum practice.
The exhibition is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Plains of Abraham Museum from July 1 to September 4, 2017.
Outreach and Media Officer, Communications Division
National Battlefields Commission
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