Beginning June 13 through August 15, Cape Breton University Art Gallery is pleased to host an exhibit in support of Louisbourg300 titled The Most Suitable Place: The Founding of Louisbourg and île Royale in 1713.
As part of Louisbourg300 celebrations, the Parks Canada project began two years ago and involved close collaboration with the Beaton Institute of Cape Breton University and les Archives départementales Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle, France.
Through archival maps, documents, artefacts and some modern technology, this exhibit tells the story of how the French colony of Ile Royale (modern day Cape Breton) came to be established 300 years ago and about life in the Fortress town. The exhibit showcases actual historical documents from 1713 to answer the question, why and how was Louisbourg chosen for settlement by the French.
The exhibition will also be hosted at l’Universite de Moncton, the Acadian Museum in PEI, and Saint Mary’s University. It will then return to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site as a legacy project from Louisbourg300 celebrations.
Parks Canada and Cape Breton University are also collaborating on a Speakers Series this month will include Captain Michael Kruger, of the Canadian Coast Guard College who will speak about Navigation History in the North Atlantic; Parks Canada and Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design will discuss 18th Century Writing & Papermaking and Dr. Ronald LaBelle, an Associate Professor of French at CBU, who will present Chanson de Louisbourg.
Dates and times can be found at www.cbu.ca/art-gallery.
For more information on Louisbourg300, please visit louisbourg300.ca