Protecting an Archival Heritage: A Question of Trust

The bequest of a heritage, whether material or immaterial, rests on an important emotion, even an attitude or a state of mind: trust. The Augustinian Sisters donated the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery with tens of thousands of objects and documents with the assurance that their intangible intent would be respected and preserved for generations to come.

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The Hôpital général de Québec’s first museum

In 2018, the Hôpital général de Québec’s Augustinian Sisters are celebrating their community’s 325th anniversary. From the early 20th century, they have made it their mission to protect and make accessible material heritage they have accumulated for so many years. Inaugurated in 1930, the Hôpital général de Québec’s museum was, at the time, the first monastic museum in Québec City.

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This Month’s Find – Who’s knows?

WHO KNOWS? EDUCATIONAL GAME – This quiz game, which highlights Quebec City’s third centennial in 1908, is made up of square-patterned game cards and short-answer questions. The latter are read to the group of players, and the first to answer correctly places the corresponding piece on their game card. The first player to complete their card wins the game.

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Laughs and Other Moments of Happiness Among the Augustinians

Hospital work is obviously serious in itself, but nothing comes in the way of a few moments favorable to a good mood or even humor. Le Monastère des Augustines’ archives are full of documents that testify that the life of the Augustinian Sisters is one of joy, pleasure and laughter. The pictures of the various monasteries illustrate that these women knew how to have fun with each other, but also with those whom they met, as much at the hospital as outside of the conventual setting. Here are some pictures that will probably make you smile.

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