1997-156 | Evangeline - French Willows Grand Pré
Evangeline - French Willows Grand Pré
8.8 x 13.8 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
The tourism industry in the Grand Pré area has benefited hugely from the establishment of a national historic site. The statue of Evangeline and the memorial chapel there attract not only Acadians but also other Canadians and Americans.
For Acadians Grand Pré represents more than just the home of their ancestors. It is a place of pilgrimage that symbolizes the tragedy of the deportation of the Acadians. For other visitors, it is the native village -- in both a historic and romantic sense -- of the celebrated Evangeline.
Nevertheless, Grand Pré has attracted visitors since well before the erection of the statue of Evangeline and the building of the memorial chapel. People used to come to admire the old willow trees, which were all that remained of the village.
The postcard includes not only a photograph of the willows, but also a reproduction of Faed's Evangeline.
The old willows, which were planted by the Acadians, stand on the grounds of the Grand Pré National Historic Site.
The postcard dates from approximately 1905, that is, before the statue of Evangeline was erected and the memorial chapel was built.
Visitors to the Grand Pré National Historic Site often take home postcards as souvenirs.