79-19-32 | Badge of the National Society of the Assumption
Badge of the National Society of the Assumption
About 1885, 19th century
38 x 9.5 cm
Gift of Musée de la Cathédrale de Moncton
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
In response to their growing national awareness in the second half of the 19th century, the Acadians founded several important educational and cultural institutions.
Among them were the classical colleges and convents in which were schooled the future leaders of their community, that is, the clerics, lawyers, politicians and businessmen who helped the Acadian people take in hand their own destiny.
Also important to the Acadian Renaissance was the organizing of the National Conventions aimed at furthering the interests of all Acadians. At the meetings, delegates studied and discussed topics such as agriculture, colonization, education and journalism.
It was during one of the conventions that the date of the national holiday of the Acadians was chosen, August 15, that is, the date of the Feast of the Assumption, as well as the Acadian flag and national anthem, Ave Maris Stella.
It was decided that the badge "would be a blue silk ribbon onto which was stamped a star surrounded by rays". (Le Moniteur acadien, August 28, 1884).
The badge and motto were adopted at the Acadian National Convention held in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island.
This badge was adopted in 1884; however, it was not widely used.
Because its name was too similar to that of the Société mutuelle l'Assomption, the Société nationale l'Assomption changed its name in 1957 and again in 1992, when it finally became the Société nationale de l'Acadie.