CULTURE Por­traits of Dor­val

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - ACTUALITÉS - DA­VID COX @tc.tc

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.

(Pho­to : TC Me­dia – Da­vid Cox)

A chan­de­lier of faces and images cas­cades in­to his­to­ry.

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