© Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, photo: Michel Pinault
 

Activities and Lectures


 

Lectures Program - 2024

Les patriotes de A à Z. Les questions les plus fréquemment posées à propos des rébellions de 1837-1838.

Une conférence de Gilles Laporte

Lundi 5 février - 13h30

Quelle place les femmes occupent-elles parmi les patriotes? Qu'en est-il des Autochtones? Quid des anglophones? L'Ontario n'a-t-elle pas connu un soulèvement analogue? Papineau a-t-il pris la fuite? Les curés ont-ils fait perdre les patriotes? Ces derniers ont-ils bénéficié d'appuis à l'étranger?... Trop souvent, à propos des rébellions patriotes, on a droit qu'à un long et lénifiant récit des batailles et des pendaisons, reléguant à la marge quantité de questions importantes et surtout davantage en phase avec nos sensibilités modernes. Mettant de côté cette approche linéaire et fort de trois décennies de réflexion et de publications sur le sujet, le conférencier compte directement aborder chacune des questions les plus couramment posées sur les patriotes en fournissant, dans la mesure du possible, des réponses claires et précises. Cet exercice implique donc la participation active du public en vue d'un échange qui promet d'être riche et stimulant. 

Biographie

Gilles Laporte est historien spécialiste des rébellions patriotes de 1837-1838. Il est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages, dont Patriotes et Loyaux (Septentrion, 2004), Brève histoire des patriotes (Septentrion, 2015), Molson et le Québec (Michel Brûlé, 2009), Fondements historiques du Québec (Chenelière, Prix du Ministre, 2013) et Infrographies. Québec: Le Québec et son histoire en un coup d'oeil (Septentrion, 2018). Depuis 1995, il administre le plus vaste site privé consacré aux Patriotes au www.1837.qc.ca. En 2011, la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal lui conférait le titre de Patriote de l'année pour son travail pour la promotion de l'enseignement de l'histoire.

 

Ramezay et la capitulation de Québec: fatalité ou précipitation

Une conférence de Sophie Imbeault

Lundi 19 février - 13h30

Le 13 septembre 1759, l'armée française quitte le camp retranché de Beauport après avoir perdu la bataille livrée sur les plaines d'Abraham. Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Roch de Ramezay, qui est lieutenant du roi, demeure seul à la tête de la garnison de Québec. Bien qu'épuisé, manquant de munitions et de vivres, ce dernier tente d'opposer une résistance aux Britanniques qui, de leur côté, commencent à préparer la phase finale du siège de la ville.

Le 15 septembre, Ramezay reçoit une délégation de citadins venue lui présenter une requête l'incitant à capituler. Le même jour, il tient un conseil de guerre sur la question et écrit au gouverneur Vaudreuil pour le prévenir de l'urgence de la situation: Québec sera contrainte de capituler si des secours n'arrivent pas dès le lendemain. Vaudreuil aussitôt fait partir deux convois vers Québec.

Ramezay entreprend bientôt des démarches avec les Britanniques pour négocier la reddition. Le 18 septembre à 8h00, il signe l'acte de capitulation de la capitale de la Nouvelle-France. Les secours français arrivent trop tard. Le 19, Vaudreuil et Lévis, qui sont en route avec l'armée, apprennent que Québec a capitulé. Les deux hommes manifestent leur mécontentement face à la décision de Ramezay.

Plusieurs questions se posent. Qui porte la responsabilité de la capitulation? Est-ce Vaudreuil en ordonnant la retraite de l'armée le 13 septembre ou la précipitation de Ramezay qui a décidé du sort de la capitale? Sophie Imbeault revisitera la chronologie des évènements pour mieux comprendre une capitulation qui aura des conséquences sur la suite de la guerre en Amérique.

Biographie

Sophie Imbeault est historienne et éditrice au Boréal. Elle a publié plusieurs livres et articles sur la guerre de la Conquête, dont Les Tarieu de Lanaudière. Une famille noble après la Conquête, 1760-1791 (2004).

 

The Black Rock Project: History and Progress

A conference by Fergus Keyes

Monday, March 11th - 1:30PM

For over a decade, the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation has dedicated itself to the creation of a world-class memorial space surrounding the Black Rock, situated just on the Montreal side of the Victoria Bridge. This endeavor seeks to pay homage to the tragic fate of more than 6,000 Irish immigrants who perished and found their final resting place in the vicinity of the Black Rock in 1847. These immigrants, fleeing the devastating Irish famine, faced the harrowing journey across the Atlantic aboard what were notoriously known as "coffin ships". Regrettably, they succumbed to a deadly combination of Typhus and malnutrition upon their arrival in Montreal.

Additionally, this site is intended to commemorate the diverse community of Montreal in 1847, comprised of individuals from various languages, religions, cultures, and heritages. They came together to offer assistance and solace to these ailing and dying Irish immigrants. Many of these compassionate caregivers, driven by their sense of humanity, fell victim to the same Typhus that plagued the immigrants, sacrificing their own lives in what stands as one of the most profound humanitarian efforts in Canadian history.

Fergus Keyes, the President of the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation, will delve into the historical significance of the Irish Famine immigrants in the context of Montreal. He will also provide updates on the conceptualization and progress of the Montreal Irish Community in their pursuit of establishing this meaningful memorial space.

Biography

Fergus Keyes, a lifelong Montreal resident of Irish descent, has dedicated himself to numerous projects preserving and celebrating Irish history and heritage. Notable among his endeavors is the restoration of an ancient Irish cemetery in Saint-Colomban, Quebec. Presently, Fergus serves as the President of the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation. 

Beyond his heritage work, Fergus Keyes has cultivated a strong academic background. He holds a degree as a Chartered Director from McMaster University, specializing in Board and Governance issues. His expertise in governance has led him to serve on various non-profit Board of Directors, spanning both Irish and non-Irish organizations. Some of his notable roles include Chairmanship of the Board at the Centaur Theatre, Secretary of the Board at Alzheimer's Montreal, and current membership on the Board for the Quebec Anglo Heritage Network (QAHN), among others.

Over the last decade, Fergus Keyes has been an active advocate for the creation of a striking memorial space around the Black Rock. He has delivered numerous presentations to diverse audiences, including foundations, community groups, elected officials, ant the media aiming to elucidate the history of the Black Rock and garner support for this significant project.

 

Une décennie « capitale » : Montréal dans un monde en changement

Une conférence de Alain Roy

Lundi 8 avril - 13h30

La décennie des années 1840 marque un changement important dans le paysage politique canadien tout autant que dans la vie montréalaise. Dès 1839, on envisage de faire de Montréal la capitale du Canada, ce qui devient une réalité quelques années plus tard. Ce sera alors une époque de changements, touchant tant la relation avec Londres que l'administration publique. Le paysage montréalais s'en trouvera aussi modifié. Si l'incendie du parlement en 1849 marque durablement les esprits, il aura comme conséquence non seulement de mettre un point final au statut de capitale de Montréal, mais consolidera une nouvelle dynamique au sein de l'Empire britannique. 

Biographie 

Alain Roy est historien à la retraite et chercheur régulier au Laboratoire d'histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal (UQAM). Détenteur d'une maîtrise en histoire de l'Université Laval (1995), il a été pendant de nombreuses années consultant en histoire et patrimoine, s'intéressant notamment aux enjeux de mémoire, de commémoration et de patrimonialisation. Il a publié de nombreux volumes, articles et rapports, que ce soit sur l'histoire urbaine (Montréal et Québec), sur la francophonie canadienne ou encore sur les chemins anciens. Membre de l'équipe de recherche Montréal-Capitale, un projet conjoint entre le Laboratoire d'histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal et Pointe-à-Callière, il s'est intéressé au rôle et à l'impact de cette décennie sur Montréal, le Canada et l'Empire, publiant de nombreux articles et contributions sur ces questions. Il est également chercheur associé au Centre de recherches sur les francophonies canadiennes (CRCCF).

 

Lectures are free for Museum Members and cost $5 for non-members. They will be followed by a Q&A and chat session where cookies, coffee, and tea will be served.

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes in advance.

Hang your Christmas stocking at one of our fireplace mantels. © Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, photo : Michel Pinault

Holiday activities

From December 2, 2023 to January 7, 2024!

Around the Fireplace...Holiday Traditions

Starting the first weekend of December and until the end of the holiday school break, the Château Ramezay offers visitors a variety of fun during the festive season! Get the family together and re-acquaint yourselves with old-fashioned holiday traditions thanks to our entertaining exhibits and activities! Stock up on memories and stories you can share with family and friends!
 

Hang your Christmas stocking!

Only the Château Ramezay offers this activity! Children who hang a stocking by the fireplace can come back in the New Year to see what Santa has left them - but they’d better be good!

  • Stockings are on sale for $10 + tax.

Free Activity booklet

Children are offered a free activity booklet to help orient them at the Museum. The hunt for curiosities from the past, the quest for information tidbits, and discussion prompts will keep them busy throughout their visit.

"What was Christmas like when you were little, Mum?"

Create your own Christmas card

The Château Ramezay provides everything you need to make your own Christmas card! Bring your family up to our attic to create an old-time card inspired by the landscape in our exhibitions (including the temporary Québec City Landscapes - Power Corporation of Canada Art Collection). If you prefer, create an e-card with a photo taken against the wintry backdrop of our in-house studio! Grab a pair of snowshoes and pose in a Hudson's Bay coat,a voyageur sash and woolen tuque, just as Montrealers did in the photo studios of the period. This activity is offered December 16 and 17 and December 26 to January 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The Château is closed December 31 and January 1). 

© Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal, photo: Michel Pinault.

HELP WANTED: ENTHUSIASTIC VOLUNTEERS!

Required profile

You don’t need to be a historian or even bilingual, as long as you’re comfortable with others, love learning and sharing your knowledge with a diverse clientele, a few hours per week. If, in addition, you’re interested in the history of Quebec and/or of Montreal, you’d be an ideal candidate! Complete training is available. Teamed with an experienced guide, you’ll learn the ropes of our programs and master the pleasures of guiding, at your own pace.

A Risky Business?!

Yes indeed! By becoming a volunteer at the Chateau, you risk making new friends! In addition to the Friends of the Governor’s Garden, volunteer guides are divided into two associations, the French-speaking guides and the English-speaking ones, near 100 members in all. Each group organizes continuing training, outings, and various events over the year. Some volunteers have been with the Chateau for over 25 years!

 

Further information :

  • Come to the Chateau on Monday, September 25th, 2023 to meet the members of our dynamic team! They are the best source of information on our volunteer programs.
  • From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I want to learn more about our volunteers

© Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, photo : Daniel Boismenu

Anciennes troupes Militaires de Montréal

Will be back in summer 2023!

In Claude de Ramezay’s lifetime, Montréal was a military town. To help you get a feel for the period, the Anciennes troupes militaires de Montréal recreate the Compagnies franches de la Marine and the 78th Fraser Highlanders during the summer season. 

You can meet them at the Château Ramezay, watch them drill and even take photos with them!

The Troop are present from June 24 to September 3, from Wednesday to Sunday.

© Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, photo : Michel Pinault

Garden activities 

All summer long, our garden introduces visitors to the world of 18th century horticulture. Take a leisurely stroll through the vegetable garden, the ornamental garden and the orchard. It’s free!


On summer afternoons, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m until September 3, Friends of the Governor’s Garden are happy to help you explore our splendid oasis. Do you recognize the medicinal herbs? Where are the pear trees? Or the artichoke plants? If you’ve got time, they’ll answer your questions and tell you their favourite historical gardening anecdotes. For families, they have games and challenges!

 

Volunteers are present depending on the weather and their availability but you can always take advantage of our audio guide in 6 languages and the self-guided tour pamphlet which you’ll find in the Garden.

 

© Château Ramezay – Historical Site and Museum of Montreal

SPRING BREAK

Baking Workshop will be back in march 2024 !

Take advantage of spring break to share a historical culinary experience with your children with our bread-baking workshop!  

Churn your butter, then add your starter and flour – your bread is starting to take shape! Next throw in some sugar that you have ground yourself and some dried fruit. This is a tasty snack to enjoy with your family!

No reservations are required, just show up at the Museum! 

Play the Museum Curator

This activity is offered all year long

The Château Ramezay invites children off all ages to discover its exhibition through a new lens! While browsing through the rooms, they will make discoveries and, like our curator, choose their favourite pieces to create their own exhibition on the history of Montreal. Making choices isn't easy, but it's a great way to learn while having fun!

Download and print your activity booklet before coming, or pick up a copy at the Museum's welcome desk upon arrival.

Recommendation: print back-to-back.

Download

 

Dress up in 18th-Century Fashion!

This activity is offered all year long

During your visit in the vaults, take a break in the family zone where there are many costumes for all ages to put on. Imagine yourself in the 18th-century Château and take a picture in front of New France landscape backdrops!

Further Information 

  • Prices: These activities are included in the price of your admission ticket to the Museum! 

  • Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are suitable for all ages. 

Travel Back in Time in Old Montréal!

Old Montréal is steeped in history.

Accompanied by our Voyageur, explore a past that is still visibly present today!

Choose any time of day or night to retrace the well-trodden paths of centuries ago. Each stop highlights historical figures and features interesting anecdotes.

You can download your self-guided tour especially created for the Festival d’Histoire de Montréal.

Bon voyage!

Download here!

Greener Pastures in Old Montreal : Nature Hunt in the Historic Quarter booklet

© Château Ramezay – Historical Site and Museum of Montreal, illustration : Francis Back

Do you have an eye for nature?

Discover beautiful 18th century green corners and reflect on the environmental challenges of today!

 

Nature Hunt Booklet

 

© Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, photo : Michel Pinault

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins

Will be back in September 2024!

The Château invites you to discover the fascinating world of squash. 

Meet Reddy, the friendly red pumpkin! In a tour specially designed for families, Reddy and his friends will help you understand the characteristics and multiple uses of their many relatives. Download and print your game booklet before you visit the museum. Complete the activities to claim a small prize at the reception desk!

It’s outdoors and it’s free!

Download and print the 4 to 7 years old game booklet

Download and print the challenge for 8-12 year-olds

 


Information 

education@chateauramezay.qc.ca

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