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Relique Patriotique, Souvenir de la Grande Fête Nationale des Canadiens Français
1880, 19th century
Ink on paper - Lithography
52.6 x 40.9 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  History (944) , Print (10661)
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Other events celebrated include the French-Canadian Fête Nationale parade of June 24. Mementos from the parades are collected and framed or pasted into scrapbooks. This children's poster published by the St. Jean Baptiste Society highlights historical places and people, religious leaders and homeland explorers. Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa are all illustrated. François de Laval, the first Bishop of Quebec in 1674, Jacques Cartier, explorer of the St. Lawrence River in 1535, Samuel de Champlain, "Father of New France," and Marie de l'Incarnation, founder of the Ursulines in Quebec City are featured, as well. The beaver, which has been adopted as a national symbol, is also represented. Mass-reproduction techniques enable lithographers and printers to produce coloured notices from engraved stone, or chromolithographs of paintings, that are popular in the 1860s in beyond.

Marcel Trudel, The Beginnings of New France, 1524-1663 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973).

Source : Crowding the Parlour [Web tour], by Jane Cook, McGill University (see Links)

  • What

    This is a poster-like "relique patriotique" proclaiming 2Souvenir de la Grande Fête Nationale des Canadiens Français."

  • Where

    Parades were held every year in the province of Quebec. This "relique patriotique" features Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa.

  • When

    The annual celebration of St. John the Baptist's feast day, June 24, began in 1834, but was not officially recognized until 1925. This souvenir is from 1880.

  • Who

    E. J. Dubeau published this anonymous work, printed by George J. Gebhardt and Company, lithographers. The editor of newspaper La Minerve, Ludger Duvernay, introduced the festival.