Sunday, September 7, 2008

Museum Marks 350th Birthday Of Montreal's First School

From The Montreal Gazette:

It's been 350 years since the first school opened in Montreal, holding classes in 1658 in a vacant stable that stood at what now is the corner of St. Laurent Blvd. and Le Royer St. in Old Montreal.

Marguerite Bourgeoys, the first schoolteacher in Montreal, had come from France to instruct the children of the first colonists, who established the Ville Marie settlement in 1642.

To mark the anniversary, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, at 400 St. Paul St. E., will be open free of charge tomorrow.

A host of special activities is planned, including a performance by Les Petits chanteurs de Laval in the Sailor's Chapel next door, and a self-guided tour that illustrates how education on the island of Montreal has changed over the centuries.

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