CULTURE Portraits of Dorval
ART. Dorval residents have a new window on the past as the Museum of Local History and Heritage has opened "Festicity, Dorval Has Been Celebrating for 125 Years !" As you come in the display hall, a festive motif permeates the temporary exhibition with a fabric centerpiece made of 50 or so photos taken around Dorval in recognition of the citizens of all ages who are at the heart of the city.
The new expositions are the culmination of 15 years work. The museum was renovated in 1999 and re-opened in 2002, with the decision to add the Festicity celebration of Dorval made in 2015 and planned to coincide with the city’s 125th anniversary and a gift for the citizens.
«Happiness, joie de vivre, community, leisure. These key words are the basis of the concept of this anniversary exhibition, » explains Library and Culture Division chief Marie-eve Leprohon, M.S.I. « The title Festicity, celebrates the festive side of the City of Dorval. »
In addition, a "History Comes to Life at the Museum !" a brand new multimedia tour was added to the permanent «Dorval: more than three centuries of history » exhibition.
Four new stations have been made to bring Dorval history to life with modern technology.
There is a « La traversée de l’histoire du Dorval récréatif » (History of Dorval through recreation), which takes the viewer on five-second motion photography moments bringing little snippets of history to life, like Dorval airport’s first plane, beach scenes and recreation, all broadcast on a new giant screen.
« La fenêtre sur le passé » (Window on the Past), a short history lesson narrated by Dorval’s first Mayor Désiré Girouard. « Ici Dorval », a radio show that explains the importance of the Ferry Command during the Second World War.
A final new display contains the authentic recording of a TV report made during the opening of the Dorval airport broadcast on an old 1960’s television, including when Cardinal Léger blessed the airport.
The temporary exhibition will be at the Dorval museum until July 2018.
A chandelier of faces and images cascades into history.