Welcome

The Société du Monument-Lefebvre is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote Acadian Heritage and the Acadian Renaissance. We are a proud partner of Parcs Canada and our main activity is the management of the Monument-Lefebvre national historic site of Canada.  

All our staff is bilingual. Do not hesitate to call us at 506.758.9808 to purchase tickets or if you have any questions about our concert events or the Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site of Canada.

This is a new website and we will be increasing the English content over the coming year.
Thank you for your patience!  

Claude Boudreau
Directeur général, Société du Monument-Lefebvre


INTRODUCTION

The Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site of Canada is situated in the Memramcook Valley of southeastern New Brunswick. The Monument-Lefebvre building is the symbol of the renaissance of contempory Acadie. It stands as a tangible monument which allows all to appreciate the history, the culture and the accomplishments of the Acadian people. 

Housed in this heritage building is the Exhibit "Reflections of a Journey - the Odyssey of the Acadian People". The Exhibit serves as a cultural interpretive centre where visitors can immerse themselves in all things Acadian. 

Cultural Heritage

In its early development, the Monument Lefebvre site based its activities around the following statement of commemorative intent:

To commemorate the survival of the Acadians from 1755 to the present in the Maritimes.


As the site's development has evolved, and in response to the on-going input of interested and committed partners, the site's mandate is changing. The following statements represent an evolving direction as the management strategy currently being created recognizes three elements:


To commemorate the Monument Lefebvre as a memorial to Father Lefebvre c.s.c., founder, in 1864, of the first French-language, degree-granting college in Atlantic Canada.


To commemorate the Monument Lefebvre as a symbol of the renaissance of Acadian culture that began in the 19th century.


To conserve and protect the Monument Lefebvre as host venue to the Acadian Odyssey Exhibit which explores the history of the Acadians of Atlantic Canada from 1755 to the present.


At Monument Lefebvre National Historic Site and the Acadian Odyssey Exhibit, visitors can live a unique experience - visiting an historic site that continues to spark the same feelings of pride among Acadians as when initially built.


Father Camille Lefebvre was a member of the Holy Cross Fathers Congregation. He founded Saint Joseph's College in Memramcook, the first French-language, degree-granting institution in Atlantic Canada. From 1864, through the next thirty years, the College, under his guidance, helped to educate many of the leaders of the Acadian Renaissance.


In 1881, the College served as the site of the first Acadian National Convention, where the framework of ensuring the survival, strengthening and growth of Acadian culture began.


Father Lefebvre died in January 1895 and, one month later, a campaign began among alumni and friends of Saint Joseph's College to recognize the institution's founder through the construction of a new building in his honour. The Monument Lefebvre building was inaugurated in ceremonies on June 16-17, 1897.


For many years, the building housed the institution's science labs and its theatre. The theatre hosted events of importance to the Acadian community for a long time. From concerts by the famous and not so famous, to lectures, oratory contests, conferences, college graduation ceremonies and more, the theatre, with its near perfect acoustics, was a focus of Acadian pride.


From a questionable future in the late 1970s, and a decade or more of heroic struggle by interested citizens, Monument Lefebvre has emerged restored to its former glory with a bright future. The building is destined to become a cultural centre of great importance fueled by a strong community-based enthusiasm and dedication.


The Monument Lefebvre was named a national historic site in 1994 at aspecial event integral to the World Acadian Congress.

 
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