QAHN Heritage Talks Online:
In 1705, Montréal’s Governor, Claude de Ramezay, built the imposing stone residence that is now known as “the Château.” Over the years, the Château served a variety of functions and bore witness to key events in history. In the mid-19th century, a community-based, non-profit association known as the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montreal was established as a “learned society” and, later on, intervened to save the Château Ramezay from demolition. The Society created a museum which opened to the public in 1895. Today, the Society still owns the Château and its collection of over 30,000 objects. It also oversees the museum’s operations including its team of 100 volunteers, partially comprised of the “English-speaking Guides Association.” Volunteers have formed the heart of the Château Ramezay since its establishment and today they serve as guides, administrators, trustees or supporters of museum activities. The volunteer program at the Château Ramezay is a first-class dynamic and vibrant program that keeps the museum connected to its past, anchored solidly in the present and ready to jump forward to stay relevant for its community. This presentation will look at the Château’s volunteering history and present what makes its volunteering program unique.
This talk is presented by historian and Chateau Ramezay guide and educator Bruno Stenson.