2001.50 | Acadian delegation to the Elysee Palace

 
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Sevres porcelain vase
Acadian delegation to the Elysee Palace
1968, 20th century
Cotton and silk
14 x 33.4 cm
Gift of M. Adélard Savoie
2001.50
This artefact belongs to: © Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton
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In 1968 an Acadian delegation travelled to France at the invitation of the president of the French Republic, General Charles de Gaulle. In his meeting with the members of the delegation, the general emphasized the creation of projects of common interest to the French and the Acadians. The delegation managed to promote several cultural projects and obtained books for Acadian libraries.

The members of the delegation were Gilbert Finn, chairman of the Atlantic Holding Co. and the weekly L'Évangéline, Dr. Léon Richard, president of the Société Nationale des Acadiens [Acadian national society], Adélard Savoie, rector of the Université de Moncton, and Euclide Daigle, vice-president of the Association acadienne d'éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick [Acadian education association of New Brunswick].

This trip marked a turning point in the special relationship between France and Acadie. Yet as there were no elected members of the legislature in the delegation, the initiative was somewhat controversial at the time.

  • What

    This vase made of Sèvres porcelain was a gift to the Acadian delegation from the president of the French Republic, General Charles de Gaulle.

  • Where

    The vase was made at the renowned porcelain works in Sèvres, France.

  • When

    The meeting took place in Paris, on January 20, 1968.

  • Who

    The vase was given to Adélard Savoie, rector of the Université de Moncton from 1967 to 1974, by General de Gaulle.