New Exhibit Showcases History and Culture of Local Francophone Community

Sault Ste. Marie Museum

The Sault Ste. Marie Museum will launch a new exhibit beginning June 7th.

Travelling Exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Languages. Enhanced with Displays on the
History & Culture of Our Local Francophones.

The Sault Museum is thrilled to announce the arrival of the captivating temporary exhibit,
“French in Canada & A Local Perspective.” This engaging showcase brings together the
rich heritage of French language, culture, and history, both nationally and within our own

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of our sponsors Arthur Funeral Home –
Barton and Kiteley Chapel, Centre Victoria pour femmes, Centre Francophone de Sault-
Ste-Marie, Centre d’éducation et de formation pour adultes, and Galerie sans clous.” said William Hollingshead, Executive Director and Chief Curator at the museum.

Exhibit Highlights:

  1. National Donut Day Fundraiser
  • Date: June 7th
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Details: Join us at the museum to celebrate National Donut Day! Purchase a
    delicious donut, and all proceeds will directly support the Sault Museum.
  1. Café Causerie: Conversations en Français
  • Date: June 7th
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Details: All French speakers are invited to our Café Causerie. Come chat with us
    and connect with fellow language enthusiasts.
  1. Grand Opening Ceremony
  • Date: June 7th
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Details: Be part of the excitement! Join us for the grand opening of the exhibit.
    Mayor Matthew Shoemaker will deliver a welcome speech, followed by guided
    tours of the displays.
  1. Francophone History Discussion Panel
  • Date: June 7th
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Details: Our esteemed presenters will delve into the history of our local
    Francophone community. The discussion will be conducted in English and
    recorded for sharing on our YouTube channel.
    o Jean-Marie Wissell: Early Francophone history in the Sault
    o Dr. Michael Graydon: The Sault’s English-Only resolution
    o Denise & Robert Martel: Personal testimonials on the impacts of the
    English-Only resolution
    Additional Events During the Exhibit:
  • Craft Circle with Isabelle Michaud
    o Date: June 8th
    o Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    o Details: Join us for a creative craft circle hosted by Isabelle Michaud from the
    Galerie sans clous.
  • Kids’ Gardening Program (PA Day)
    o Date: June 10th
    o Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    o Details: A fun and educational gardening program for children.
  • St-Jean Baptiste Celebration
    o Date: June 24th
    o Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    o Details: French businesses and organizations are invited to participate and
    promote their work during this festive celebration.
    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the vibrant world of French language and
    culture. They are offering guided tours to schools in French & English of the exhibit, contact
    [email protected] to learn more
    For more information, visit their website or contact the Sault
    Museum 705-759-7278.

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