BAIE-SAINT-PAUL, QUE. — The ongoing expansion of the self-guided Petites Franciscaines de Marie exhibit in Baie-Saint-Paul, Que. will get a boost from the governments of Canada and Quebec.
The federal and provincial governments will each invest nearly $18,000 through the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component — Small Communities Fund.
The City of Baie-Saint-Paul will invest close to $18,000 for a total government-municipal investment of almost $54,000.
The project consists of renovating the former Petites Franciscaines de Marie convent (Baie-Saint-Paul Maison Mere), to expand the self-guided Petites Franciscaines de Marie exhibit, formerly referred to as the museum.
According to a release, work involves tearing down walls, reconfiguring rooms and repairing floors. Once complete, the project will allow for more of the collection of objects to be displayed.
This will not only further improve the visitor experience but also increase knowledge about the contributions of the Petites Franciscaines de Marie community, which has shaped the architectural, social, cultural and historical landscape of Baie-Saint-Paul, adds the release.
“The building itself is priceless — a historical and architectural jewel,” said Mayor of the City of Baie-Saint-Paul Jean Fortin in a statement.
“Its contents, objects and furniture, left by the nuns upon their departure, are of great value. It is our duty to preserve these objects and to showcase them in the best possible way, to preserve 125 years’ worth of history for our community. Growing the site will help to preserve these precious objects, both large and small, and support the expansion of the museum grounds where visitors experience the Maison Mere as it was when the nuns were in residence.”