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Activities and Lectures



In accordance with established health guidelines, the Museum’s cultural activities, guided tours and lecture program are on hold until further notice.

Lectures Program 2020


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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.



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

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, www.1837.qc.ca. He currently teaches the history of Quebec at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.






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

Lecture 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

Lecture by Sophie Imbeault and Dave Noël 

Monday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. 


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).








Monday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. 

More information to come. 


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Breadmaking workshop for the whole family!

Since baking workshops are always popular, every spring break the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal is inviting families to try their hand at bread making. Here’s your chance for a culinary experience with a historical flavour!

Bread takes only a few ingredients! Churn your butter, add starter and flour, sprinkle it with sugar and dried fruit and you’ve got a tasty snack to share with friends! While the bread is baking, explore Montréal’s history!



Birthday Party

If you'd like to try bread making but are not available during spring break, please note this activity is available weekends as part of the children's party option. Contact education@chateauramezay.qc.ca for more information or to make a reservation online.

For more information, click here.

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

Open house

Did you know that nearly 100 volunteers work at the Château Ramezay every day?

They give tours of the museum wearing their period costumes and convey to visitors their enthusiasm for history. On March 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides.

It's an opportunity to visit the museum and chat with and enjoy the company of exprienced guides while learning about the volunteer programs available. Being a volunteer guide at the Château Ramezay is an opportunity to teach others about history and be part of a dynamic group of enthusiatic people.

The Ramezay Guides Associations regularly organizes social activities for its members, as well as dinners and visits to other cultural institutions. Training for prospective guides is provided by experienced guides, who enthusiastically share their knowledge.

Each year, the Château Ramezay welcomes thousands of visitors of all kinds. There are students (from elementary to university level), many groups of newcomers improving their language skills, and an increasing number of Quebec and foreign tourists who want to learn more about the history of Montréal and Quebec.

If you are looking for an interesting and rewarding way to spend your free time, at the Château Ramezay you'll have an opportunity to do volunteer work, tailored to enthusiastic personalities.



Louise Brazeau, Head- Education and Promotion 


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