The Exhibition Commission offers “A century of culture”

From September 30 to January 8, the Musée de l’Hôtel des Postes de Victoriaville will host the 20th exhibition organized by the Heritage Exhibitions Committee of Victoriaville, entitled: “A century of culture”.

This will be an opportunity to appreciate the work of the volunteers of this committee who have been working to develop this exhibition since December 2021. This has made it possible to produce 44 thematic tables, accompanied by more than 200 artifacts from the different periods visited. A true cultural journey through time. For the past few days, committee members have been busy putting together this exhibit, which presents a wealth of information that allows you to relive important moments in the region’s culture, between the 1890s and 1990s.

The General Manager of the Laurier Museum (and the Hôtel des Postes), André Bellavance, said that he was happy to host this exhibition, which will allow visitors to make great discoveries on the subject of culture or relive fond memories. For his part, the chairman of the committee, Robert Raymond, mentioned that this exhibition, the group’s 20th in 10 years, is probably the most impressive in terms of the information collected. “In fact, we pushed the note because we presented three different eras, almost three exhibitions in one,” he mentioned.

The 44 panels contain a large amount of information and multiple photographs and are intended to be a summary of the research carried out. To deliver all the unearthed information, the Committee has decided to produce a 120-page magazine that will effectively complete the exhibition.

Thus we can see, at the beginning, the Lauriers, culture enthusiasts and even Zoé’s real piano, which she used to entertain guests. Then come, depending on the time, known names in different cultural fields.

In fact, we focus especially on three periods, namely from 1890 to 1930, from 1930 to 1960 and from 1960 to 1990. Music, literature, theater, visual arts, cinema, etc., nothing is missing in this exhibition that is offered for free. free to the public. In fact, thanks to the Cultural Development Agreement, the Exhibition Committee can continue with its philosophy of facilitating access to the region’s heritage, with no entrance fee.

The honorary presidency of this event was in charge of the filmmaker from Arthabaska, Serge Giguère. The latter, during the presentation of the exhibition, was happy to find himself at the Hôtel des Postes where he used to come every day, when he was a child, to pick up his family’s mail. “I am proud of my region and I think it is wonderful that they are organizing this exhibition,” he mentioned.

A round table

For this exhibition, which is particularly rich in content, the Exhibitions Committee has added a special activity that will take place on October 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Charles-Édouard-Mailhot library in Victoriaville. It will take the form of a panel discussion moderated by author Maureen Martineau. He will then host renowned painter Marcel Fecteau, as well as Denise Boucher (on video) who will speak about his defining moments on CFDA radio. There will also be Lyette Forcier, one of the “Song Artists”, who will tell anecdotes as well as Patrice Daigneault who will recall how the Perce-Rêve theater was a springboard for various comedians and humorists from the region (including Pierre Verville). There will also be talk of the Troupe à Wilfrid with Denis Leblanc and Dominique Laquerre will talk about the first showrooms in Victoriaville. “It will allow us to see who we depend on in cultural life, with witnesses from the time,” Maureen sums up.

Admission to this round table, like that of the exhibition, is free and this activity, presented during the Journées de la culture, received the approval of this organization. For this 20th exhibition, the Committee expects to receive 1,000 visitors at the Hôtel des Postes. “And we also want to export it,” adds the president. In fact, after your visit to Victoriaville, it could easily be seen in the region’s libraries, in history classes or others, so that the greatest number of people can benefit from all the interesting information contained in the exhibition “Un siècle of culture”.

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