Our Story in 100 Objects.
Stories dwell in everyday things. The milk bottle left by the door at Grandma’s house; the dried leather shoe found in a wall; a quilt, a chisel, a favourite toy; plane tickets to a new life in Canada; a soldier’s letter home.
Everyday objects tucked away as keepsakes long ago. They’re the mainstay of museum collections. And they’re the inspiration for an exciting new initiative of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) called The Identity of English-speaking Quebec in 100 Objects. StoryNet, a community initiative that allows Canadians to digitally record and preserve their life-memories, is pleased to support this project.
In collaboration with community groups and organizations across the province, the heritage network is creating a virtual, online collection of objects that aims to tell the story of English-speaking Quebec. And everyone — from historical societies and heritage organisations to schools, associations, faith groups, families and individuals — is invited to contribute. The only condition is that the object submitted must be accessible to the public. So if it is owned privately, the owner must be willing to donate it to a museum or other public collection.
Our goal is to find one hundred of the most meaningful and compelling items from neighbourhoods, towns and villages across Quebec, and gather the stories connected with them into an educational website and DVD.
You can help us create an imaginative portrait of life in English-speaking Quebec as it was in the past and is like today. Is there a special object or set of objects in your community that ought to be included in Our Story?
In a word, objects with a story inside, artefacts that don’t simply pique our curiosity, but also tell about the people for whom they were made; objects that can serve to conjure the cultural heritage of English Quebec in all of its complex diversity.
Local historical societies and community museums across the province are being approached to identify objects in their collections that underline the unique historical and cultural experience of Quebec’s minority English-speaking population.
But you don’t have to be a museum to participate.
If you’ve got an interesting object at home that fits the bill and you’d be willing to donate it to a local public collection of your choice, we want to hear from you, too!
Inclusion in the Our Story is a great way to promote your community and the institutions devoted to preserving and sharing local history and heritage. To be considered for publication, however, you must:
1. Please read the submission criteria first.
3. Include Four (4) digital photographs of the object you wish to submit (back, front, and both sides) in .jpg format.
4. Submit a text of at least 500 words explaining the significance of the object, in particular, what connection it has to the history and/or heritage of English-speaking Quebecers in your community.