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Montreal has a rich cultural heritage that must be safeguarded and showcased to encourage current and future generations to think of it as their own and make wise use of it. The Société de développement de Montréal, with considerable expertise in the field of heritage and many years’ experience in the city’s historic district, asked an expert committee to assemble a group of heritage sites on the specific theme of Montreal as a continental and Atlantic hub. The group they suggested covers only part of Montreal’s heritage, but it is a sufficiently coherent whole that the results of the study deserve to be released to a wider audience. The North American Conference of the Society for Industrial Archaeology is to be held in Montreal in May 2003, under the theme of Montreal, A Continental and Trans-oceanic Turntable, 1850-2000, and will be the ideal opportunity for distributing the results of this study. Since Old Montreal is an integral part of the ensemble, the www.old.montreal.qc.ca Website is the perfect vehicle.


The members of the expert committee, who met in the second half of 2001, were as follows:

Sylvie Blais, art historian, ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Direction de Montréal

Dinu Bumbaru, B.Arch., M.A. in conservation,
Program Director, Heritage Montreal

Anne Marie Collins, museologist,
Société de développement de Montréal, Committee chair

Yvon Desloges, historian, Parks Canada Agency,
Quebec Service Centre

Jacques Des Rochers, art historian,
heritage and development consultant

Jean-François Gravel, architect,
Department of Economic and Urban Development,
City of Montreal

David B. Hanna, geographer, professor,
Université du Québec à Montréal

Gilles Lauzon, B.Arch., M.A. in history,
Société de développement de Montréal,
Committee secretary

Jean-Claude Robert, historian, professor,
Université du Québec à Montréal and
Director of the History Department

Brian Young, historian, professor, McGill University

The Committee was established at the initiative of
Gilles Morel, of the Société de développement de Montréal


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