1998-73 | Feast of St. John the Baptist. Quebec. June 24, 1880

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Feast of St. John the Baptist. Quebec. June 24, 1880
1880, 19th century
14 x 7 cm
Gift of Gérard Desjardins
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

An Acadian delegation was invited to the convention of the St. Jean Baptiste Society in Quebec in 1880 because the organizers felt that membership in their group would benefit Acadians. Attending as delegates were Pierre-Amand Landry, Valentin Landry, Pascal Poirier, Joseph-Octave Arsenault and Ferdinand Robidoux, among others.

The Acadians who took part were inspired by what went on at the convention but, in the end, decided not to join the Society. Instead, the following year, they organized their own meeting, the first Acadian National Convention, held in Memramcook.

The 1880 meeting had also been instrumental to the setting up of the Société nationale l'Assomption.

  • What

    This cup, decorated with beavers and maple leaves, is a souvenir of the 1880 meeting.

  • Where

    This rare piece was handed down in the family of the woman who donated it to the museum, Mrs. Julie Bernier, of St. Basile, New Brunswick.

  • When

    This souvenir cup was produced for the convention of the St. Jean Baptiste Society held on June 24, 1880. The inscription on its base reads: "St. Jean Baptiste. Quebec. June 24, 1880".

  • Who

    Pierre-Amand Landry led the delegation of Acadians who attended the 1880 meeting in Quebec.