Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 08, 2014 10:00 ET

A Restored and Accessible Community Heritage Site

Government of Canada supports restoration of Maison natale de Louis Frechette

LEVIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Security and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), today announced the Government of Canada's support for the restoration of the Maison natale de Louis Fréchette. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

In conjunction with the 175th anniversary of the birth of Louis Fréchette, his childhood home will be provided with gallery spaces and a literary garden to showcase the legacy of this prolific author. The project also includes the installation of interpretative panels providing the public with access to the history of the site and its surroundings. Canadian Heritage is supporting the Maison in its educational function and its role as a cultural hub with funding of $185,500 provided under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Quick Facts

- A total of $185,500 is being provided under the Legacy Fund component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

- Louis Fréchette was a poet, playwright and author, in addition to practising law and being an elected member of Canada's Parliament. He was the first Canadian poet to receive an award from the Académie française.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in commemorative projects like this one that are important reminders of the people, places and events that have helped make Canada what it is today."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Louis Fréchette is an important historical figure in Lévis, and I am pleased that this project perpetuates his legacy and his contribution to the world of literature. Through this restoration, the community will be able to enjoy the Maison for many more years to come."

- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Security and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse)

"The Maison natale de Louis Fréchette is extremely grateful for the support of Canadian Heritage for the creation of gallery spaces on the life and work of Louis Fréchette (1839-1908), in the very home where he was born, on the banks of the St. Lawrence in Lévis. It will enable us to better fulfill our mission, which is to promote a broader knowledge and appreciation of this 19th-century literary and political figure."

- Guy Fréchet, Acting Chair, Board of Directors, Corporation de la Maison natale de Louis Fréchette

Associated Links

Maison natale de Louis Fréchette (in French only)

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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