Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 13, 2014 10:00 ET

Preserving our Heritage for Future Generations

Government of Canada supports the Societe historique Alphonse-Desjardins

LEVIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 13, 2014) - Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), today announced $50,000 in funding for the Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This financial support, provided through the Collections Management component of the Museums Assistance Program, will enable the historical society to acquire specialized equipment for storing its museum collections, particularly coins and works of art.

Quick Facts

  • Maison Alphonse-Desjardins is a museum devoted to promoting the origins of the Desjardins Group and the history of its founder and co-founder, Alphonse Desjardins and Dorimène Desjardins.
  • The Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins has about 6,000 artifacts, which will be supplemented by a number of works from the collection of artworks owned by Desjardins.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support the legacy and heritage of a great man, Alphonse Desjardins, who was a true pioneer of Canada's social economy."

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

"The residents of Lévis and its visitors will have access to more extensive collections and will therefore be able to learn even more about the origins of the Desjardins Group, one of the gems of our beautiful region."

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

"Throughout its history, Desjardins has been a part of the social and economic development of Quebec communities and has made a name for itself in Canada and abroad. This support from Canadian Heritage will be used to acquire specialized equipment for storing the collections held by the Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins. It will therefore help better protect a collective heritage of which we are very proud."

- André Forgues, Vice-president, Corporate Communications, Desjardins Group

Associated Links

Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins

Museums Assistance Program

Collections Management

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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