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2.musee beaulne book cover. pngIn collaboration with the Coaticook Historical Society, the Beaulne Museum organized a dual event to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Château Arthur-Osmore-Norton. A special conference, followed by a book launch, took place on Tuesday, April 17 (7p.m.). Admission was free for this timely event to which the public was cordially invited.

The guest speaker for the conference was Monique Nadeau-Saumier. A graduate of Bishop's University, Monique Nadeau-Saumier holds a Master's Degree in Canadian Art History from Concordia University, a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Montreal and a Ph.D. in Art History from UQAM. She has taught Art History and Architecture in Canada, Decorative Arts and Museology at Bishop's University for fifteen years, while assuming the position of Executive Director of the Eastern Townships Research Center at the same university from 1987 to 1995. As a Heritage consultant, she was deeply involved in the development of the cultural and touristic Chemin des Cantons / Townships Trail. In 2005, she worked on researching and writing a guide: Promenades architecturales (Architectural Tours) for the Town of Coaticook.

1912 to 2012: the Château Norton, which now lodges the Beaulne Museum, is 100 years old, constituting one of Coaticook's proudest possessions. One of a small circle of centennial houses, the Château Norton could not escape notice, as this magnificent building is rooted in the landscape of the Town of Coaticook. Interest in this type of architecture is so strong that we find the Museum at the center of this conference, which is entitled: 'A Château in the City, The Arthur-Osmore-Norton House'. The Conference gave a brief overview of the remarkable architectural heritage of Coaticook, with a detailed analysis of the Arthur-Osmore-Norton residence, current home to the Beaulne Museum.

The book that was launched is entitled 'The Beaulne Museum at the Château Arthur-Osmore-Norton'. Its contents evoke the history of the building and that of the Norton family while describing, in detail, the interior and exterior of the Château. It also gives a brief description of the Beaulne Museum.

The Beaulne Museum is financially supported by le Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition Féminine and the City of Coaticook. Special thanks go to the Caisse Populaire Desjardins de Sommets-Verts de l'Estrie for its financial contribution.

Information: 819-849-6560

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