​​​​​​​Then and Now, Our Stories...

This new series of lectures was developed in partnership with the Dorval Library, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, and the Dorval Historical Society. They are offered free of charge on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

The vaccination passport is required for participants age 13 and over.​

To reserve,

By phone at 514 633-4170 or by email at musee@ville.dorval.qc.ca
or in person at the Library. The Library opens at 10:00 a.m.

October 23
Black Cats and Umbrellas: A History of Superstition

Bilingual Lecture presented by Bruno Paul Stenson, M.A.
In our scientific age, it is easy to forget how pervasive superstitions were, from prehistoric times to the 19th century. In this lecture, we discover, among other things, why Friday the 13th, black cats, and opening umbrellas indoors are considered unlucky and why our lecturer, pronounced dead in 2014, is destined to live 10 years longer than originally planned.

Bruno Paul Stenson is a social historian who has been giving entertaining lectures since 1984. A fluently bilingual graduate of McGill and Concordia universities, he has earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and in History, a Master's degree in History, and a diploma in Public Relations Management. His public awareness efforts earned him the Museum Volunteer Award from the Canadian Museums Association in 2015, the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada in 2016, and the Château Ramezay Centennial Medal from the Château Ramezay Museum in 2016. Many of his lecture topics include social history, science, and music.

November 6

Brève histoire des combattants canadiens-français de la Seconde Guerre mondiale

By Sébastien Vincent, historian
Presented in French

What do we know about the French-Canadian military of the Second World War? Were they conscripts or volunteers? Why did they enlist? Where did they fight? What mark did this participation leave in the collective memory of French-speaking Quebec? The lecture, based on testimonials and photographs, presents the military file of the parent of a well-known Quebec artist.

Sébastien Vincent is a historical advisor for the series 39-45 en sol canadien hosted by Claude Legault on TV5. He has published Laissés dans l'ombre - Les Québécois engagés volontaires de la guerre 39-45 (finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards in 2005) and Ils ont écrit la guerre - La Seconde Guerre mondiale à travers les écrits de combattants canadiens-français. In 2015, he received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his contribution to veterans. He holds a Master's degree in History, a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Major in French studies.

As a publisher, he put out the Journal de guerre du lieutenant d'artillerie Benoit Cadieux and La France appelle votre secours - Québec et la France libre, 1940-1945 by historian Frédéric Smith. He is a contributor to Le Devoir’s book section and the founder and co-editor of the “Le Québec et les guerres mondiales” website. He participates in radio shows (Aujourd'hui l'histoire) and television programs, notably L'Amérique de Michel Barrette (Historia) and Qui êtes-vous? with Claude Legault (Radio-Canada).

December 11

Aux origines de Noël: la naissance et le début d'un nouveau cycle

Bilingual presentation by Isabelle Matte, Ph. D., Free style anthropologist
​​Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. For Westerners, it is the time of year when everything stops, a time for friends and family to get together, a time for festivities among all. A celebration of light, Christmas revives the ever-lasting tradition of the ancient ritual around the winter solstice, the shortest day, which heralds the slow return of light.

A traveller at heart, Isabelle Matte has made many journeys that have greatly enriched her inner geography. With a passion for the world’s different nations and cultures, including her own, she has devoted her life to studying them, out in the field as well as on university benches. She holds a Master's degree, as well as a Doctorate and Post-Doctorate degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and is also a history buff.

During a long period of time, she was a university lecturer and researcher and attended conferences around the world which were relevant to her research. She now wishes to go beyond academic circle to meet people of all ages and backgrounds in order to share her knowledge and reflections to a broader public.