On July 4, 2018, the Monastère des Augustines inaugurated a web portal exclusively dedicated to the archives of the Augustinian Sisters. About 3,000 archival documents—nearly 32,000 pages or digitized photos—are accessible to the general public. There are photos, letters, contracts, etc. This is an incredible gift to researchers as well as all those interested in the religious, medical, architectural and social history of Québec! Let’s discover the 10 major themes for those curious enough to venture into the past!
At the turn of the 1890s, the Augustinian Sisters were deeply rooted in Québec City. In 1873, the Hôtel-Dieu du Sacré-Cœur was added to the two other sites that already existed, the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec and Hôpital général de Québec. A few Augustinian Sisters from the Hôpital général even invested in new regions when they founded the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Vallier de Chicoutimi in 1884 and the hospital in Lévis in 1892. The community was growing. To better understand why the Augustinian Sisters founded new hospitals, let’s examine the history of the one in Lévis.