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125 Years at the Heart of the Community:
BMO Financial Group makes vital donation to the Château Ramezay


 

Left to right: Gail Grant, Vice Chair, Jean Brunelle, Chair, Andre Delisle, Executive Director and Curator of the Château Ramezay; Bianca Dri, Coordinator, Special Projects and Social Media, BMO; Me L. Cameron Desbois, Chair, Château Ramezay Board of Trustees; Adeel Butt, Relationship Management; Karine Eid, Head, Business Banking, Eastern Region and Daniel Jarry, Director, Operations and Community Giving, Office of the President, BMO Quebec. © Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal

Montréal, September 29, 2021 - The Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal is delighted to announce that BMO Financial Group is donating $100,000 to its 125th anniversary fundraising campaign. The Museum is particularly grateful for this generous donation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have serious repercussions on its activities.

The Bank of Montreal has a long-standing relationship with the Château Ramezay, having served as the Château’s banker since 1895. “For over 125 years, BMO has perpetuated Quebec culture along with the heritage of the Château Ramezay. As the Museum’s first major business partner, we are proud to provide this historic institution with the funding that will enable it to continue its cultural and educational activities”, said Karine Eid, Head, Business Banking, Eastern Region, BMO Bank of Montreal.
 

125 Years Ago

On April 9, 1896, the Montréal Antiquarian and Numismatic Society, a local community organization, officially inaugurated the Château Ramezay Museum.

The Château is one of the few vestiges of New France left in Old Montréal. It was the site of many key events in our history: the first building in Québec to be classified an historic monument, the oldest museum of its type in the province, and one of 1,001 historic sites to see in your lifetime*. The Château is rightfully regarded as an institution of key importance to our cultural heritage. 

 

Fundraising Campaign

To highlight its anniversary, the Museum invites Montrealers to “Come Take a Tour” and enthusiastically support its “125 Years at the Heart of the Community” fundraising campaign.

Although this very special milestone merits celebration, the pandemic has taken a severe toll on the Museum. Since ticket sales generate over 40 % of the operating budget and government funding covers only 25 % of expenditures, the Château has experienced heavy losses over the past year, a situation unlikely to change any time soon. Normally, the Château welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually and its Governor’s Garden, over 400,000. Since the pandemic began, barely 2,000 visitors have crossed its threshold.

The Château Ramezay is therefore highlighting its 125th anniversary by requesting the financial support of all Montrealers.

*In collaboration with a team of UNESCO experts.

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The Château Ramezay Museum
125 Years at the Heart of the Community

Montréal, April 7, 2021 – This Friday, April 9, marks 125 years to the day that Montréal’s Antiquarian and Numismatic Society, a local community organization, officially inaugurated the Château Ramezay Museum. To highlight this milestone, the Museum is inviting Montrealers to “Come for a Visit!” and is launching its “125 Years at the Heart of Our Community” fundraising campaign.

Logo du 125e anniversaire de l'ouverture officielle du Musée du Château Ramezay.

125 Years Ago

On April 9, 1896, Montréal high society flocked to the Château Ramezay to officially inaugurate the new history museum. A group of citizens had founded it after saving the Chateau from demolition. The next day, La Presse reported: “Montréal’s most distinguished citizens gathered last night at the old Château Ramezay. We have rarely seen a more glittering or splendid occasion”.

The Château is one of the few vestiges of New France left in Old Montréal. It was the site of many key events in our history: the first building in Quebec to be classified an historic monument, the oldest museum of its type in the province, one of the 1,001 historic sites to see in your lifetime*. The Château rightly qualifies as an institution of major importance to our cultural and patrimonial heritage.

An Anniversary Mid-Pandemic

The same non-profit community organization runs the Château to this day, assisted by over 100 volunteers. Its mission is to preserve our heritage and educate people of all ages, from far and wide. Much as this key anniversary merits celebration, the pandemic has greatly affected the Château. As this is an accredited museum, where ticket sales generate 40 % of the operating budget and government funding covers only 25 % of its expenditures, significant losses over the past year have taken a considerable and ongoing toll. Normally, the Château receives over 50,000 visitors annually, its Governor’s Garden, over 400,000. During the pandemic, only 2,000 people have visited.

It Takes a Community to Support a Museum

The Château Ramezay is highlighting its anniversary by calling for the support of local citizens. “Our staff and volunteers encourage Montrealers to visit over the next few months, to reinvigorate this centuries-old landmark”, says Jean Brunelle, Chairman of the Board. “Now, more than ever, YOUR museum needs your help to ride out this crisis and stay accessible to schools and visitors from all over the province, the country, the world”. Maybe you haven’t been back since your last school trip? Or maybe you’ve never, ever, visited?! Surely you visit museums in other cities when you travel? Just as “buying local” is strongly advocated, the Château suggests to “Come for a Visit!”, because every ticket sold makes a real contribution to the Museum’s continuity.

Next month, the Museum will also be launching its “125 Years at the Heart of our Community” fundraising campaign. More information on this campaign can be found on the website. Online donations are also possible.

So, this spring or summer, before heading off on vacation, make sure you visit (or re-visit) the many local museums that make Montréal such a cultural metropolis. Help ensure they keep going! The Château Ramezay will be expecting you!


*Selected by a team of experts, in collaboration with UNESCO.

 

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