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Memorial Church/L'église-souvenir

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, August 29, 2019
1. Memorial Church Marker
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L'église-souvenir
Un témoignage durable

L'église-souvenir représente l'attachement profond du peuple acadien au lieu historique national du Canada de Grand-Pré.

Construite en 1922 grâce à des fonds recueillis lors d'une campagne de financement lancée auprès des communautés acadiennes de toute l'Amérique du Nord, l'église-souvenir symbolise l'essence du nationalisme acadien et le désir profondément enraciné de commémorer la tragédie de la Déportation.

L’architecte René Fréchet de Moncton, au Nouveau- Brunswick, prépare les plans qui s'inspirent de l'architecture normande du XVII siècle.

Le style n'est pas une copie de l'église originale d'avant la Déportation dont on ne connaît pas l'apparence. A partir de fouilles archéologiques entreprises en 2001, il semble que l'église-souvenir soit en effet construite à peu près où se trouvait la première église paroissiale de Grand-Pré.

Memorial Church
An Enduring Tribute

The Memorial Church expresses the Acadians' strong attachment to Grand-Pré National Historic Site
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By Steve Stoessel
2. Memorial Church
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Built in 1922, with funds raised from Acadian communities throughout North America, the Memorial Church symbolizes the spirit of Acadian nationalism and the deep-seated desire to commemorate the tragedy of the Deportation.

Architect René Fréchet of Moncton, New Brunswick, drew up the plans for the church, which reflect Normandy-style architecture of the 1700s.

The design does not duplicate the original pre-Deportation church, whose appearance is unknown. Archaeological excavations in 2001 suggest the Memorial Church was indeed built approximately where the original Grand Pré parish church stood.

Légendes De Photos (Photo Captions)
1 Monseigneur l’évêque Edouard LeBlanc bénit la pierre angulaire le 16 aout 1922 Image CEA, Université de Moncton (Bishop Edouard LeBlanc blesses the cornerstone,16 August 1922)

2 La dédicace de l’église-souvenir le 16 aout 1922 Image: CEA, Université de Moncton (Dedication of the Memorial Church, 16 August 1922).

3 Des ouvriers acadiens de la vallée de Memramcook, au Nouveau-Brunswick, ont contribué la construction de l'église-souvenir (Acadian workers from New Brunswick's Memramcook Valley helped construct the Memorial Church)
 
Location. 45° 6.584′ N, 64° 18.743′ W.
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By Steve Stoessel
3. Memorial Church
Marker is in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Grand Pré Road. Marker is in the Grand Pré National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2205 Grand Pré Road, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia B0P 1M0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Statue of Evangeline (within shouting distance of this marker); The Expulsion of the Acadians (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Grand-Pré Rural Historic District (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Grand Pre Marsh Body (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Attack at Grand Pré/La bataille Grand Pré (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Landscape of Grand Pré/Le Paysage de Grand-Pré (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Landscape of Grand Pré/ le Payage de Grand Pré (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Site de l'école Acacia Villa/Site of Acacia Villa School (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Pré.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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