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Lectures Program 2020

Lectures Program 2020

In honour of the 125th anniversary of the Museum, a lecture series presenting different periods in the history of Montréal.These lectures will be presented at the Château Ramezay. 

They are free for members and included in the entrance fee for non-members, except for the QAHN's lecture on March 23, that is free. They are also followed by a question period and coffee. 

Les rébellions patriotes : questions et réponses

A lecture by Gilles Laporte (in French)
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 1:30 p.m.


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the lecture hosted by Gilles Laporte on March 16 is postponed. 


Prof. Laporte has fielded countless questions over the course of thirty years’ teaching about the Patriot Rebellions. These can be reduced to about a dozen that constantly crop up: Why did the Catholic clergy side with the British? What role did women play in this conflict? Was it a social or an ethnic struggle? Did the patriots want independence? Why did armed resistance die away so fast? What role did English-speakers play in this movement? What about the rebellion in Upper Canada?

Questions often reflect the preoccupations of our age: we probe the past to explain the predicaments of the present. Intended primarily for teachers, guides and an informed public, this lecture aims beyond providing simple answers to these questions, which it will indeed do, the better to encourage reflection and a desire to know more about these fascinating and inexhaustible events.


Gilles Laporte is an historian specializing in the Patriot Rebellions of 1837-38, author of numerous publications including Patriotes et Loyaux (2004), Brève histoire des patriotes (2015) ou Fondements historiques du Québec (Prix du Ministre, 2015). In 2019, he published Infographies Québec, l’histoire du Québec en un coup d’oeil (Septentrion, 2018). He was one of the instigators of “la journée nationale des patriotes”, established in 2002. Named “Patriote de l’année” in 2011, Gilles Laporte was president of the Mouvement national des Québecois from 2013 to 2016. For the past twenty years, he has also administered a web site on the Patriot Rebellions, the largest private site dedicated to the history of Québec, He currently teaches the history of Quebec at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.

Building a Monument Park: The Fight for the Irish Commemorative Stone

A lecture by Fergus Keyes
Presented by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
Monday, March 23, 2020 – 1:30 p.m.


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the lecture hosted by Fergus Keyes on March 23 is postponed. 


This lecture is free and will be presented in English. 

For 10 to 12 years, the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation has been dedicated to building a beautiful world-class memorial park around the Black Rock on the Montreal side of the Victoria Bridge to remember more than 6 000 Irish victims that died and were buried in the area in 1847.


Fergus Keyes, a founding director of the organization, will provide details on this journey from a concept to reality - and the many difficulties, as well as positive steps that have been encountered along the way. Keyes will discuss some of the main historical elements of this topic as well as bring the audience up to date on the latest developments, including the recent discovery of numerous human remains at the site.

Ramezay et la capitulation de Québec : fatalité ou précipitation

A lecture by Sophie Imbeault and Dave Noël (in French)
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. 


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the lecture hosted by Sophie Imbeault and Dave Noël on April 6 is postponed. 


On September 13, 1759, the French army left its entrenchment at Beauport, having lost the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Roch de Ramzay, the King’s Lieutenant, became the sole leader of the Québec garrison. Despite exhaustion and the lack of munitions and provisions, the garrison tried to resist the British, who were preparing the final phase of the siege of the city.

On September 15, Ramezay received a delegation of citizens who had come to request that he accept defeat. The same day, he held a Council of War on the matter and wrote Governor Vaudreuil, alerting him to the urgency of the situation: Québec would be forced to capitulate if help did not arrive by the next day. Vaudreuil immediately dispatched two convoys to Québec.

Ramezay then began discussions with the British to negotiate the surrender. On September 18, at 8 a.m., he signed the articles of capitulation of the capital of New France. French help arrived too late. En route with the army on September 19, Vaudreuil and Lévis learned that Québec had capitulated. The two men expressed their displeasure with Ramezay’s decision.

Questions still remain. Who was responsible for the capitulation? Was it Vaudreuil, by ordering the army to retreat on September 13, or was it Ramezay, whose haste in the matter sealed the fate of the capital?
Dave Noël and Sophie Imbeault will revisit the chronology of events for a better understanding of the capitulation, which was to have far-reaching effects on the course of the war in America.


Sophie Imbeault is an historian and editor with Boréal. She has published numerous books and articles on the War of the Conquest, including Les Tarieu de Lanaudière, une famille noble après la Conquête, 1760-1791

Davd Noël is a journalist with Le Devoir and a member of the press gallery of the Québec National Assembly. He has a Master’s in History from Université de Montréal and is the author of Montcalm, general américain (2018) and Lieux de pouvoir au Québec (Boréal, 2019).

Revisiter la contrebande et le « commerce étranger » sous le Régime français

Monday, May 4, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Presented in English


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the lecture hosted on May 4 is postponed. 


More details to come.

Le Château Ramezay : lieu de pouvoir au XVIII ème siècle 


A series of lectures by Les Belles Soirées in collaboration with the Château Ramezay. 

Wednesday, February 26 and March 4, 2020 - 1:30 p.m.

*Please note that there is a different location and cost for this series of lectures. 

For more information, visit the Les Belles Soirées web site.

Suivez le Chef!

Suivez le Chef!

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The tour is offered in French only. 

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Louise Brazeau, Head - Education and Promotion