Sherbrooke sci­ence and na­ture mu­seum un­der­used by An­glo­phones

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Sherbrooke

Al­though the ex­hi­bi­tions at the Sherbrooke sci­ence and na­ture mu­seum, both the per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary ex­hibits, are al­ways pre­sented in both French and English and are even ex­ported to other mu­se­ums across the coun­try and in the United States, few English speak­ers seem to be en­joy­ing them.

“Al­most all of the ex­hibits and mu­seum pro­grams are bilin­gual yet there is very lit­tle ex­po­sure to the English com­mu­nity of the East­ern Town­ships,” com­mented Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent,

Ger­ald Cut­ting, who is also a mem­ber of the mu­seum’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

“When English ser­vices like these are not made use of, we tend to lose them. And they don’t come back,” said Mr. Cut­ting in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal.

Hav­ing vis­ited the mu­seum sev­eral times with my chil­dren when they were younger, much to the de­light of ev­ery­one in­volved, it was sur­pris­ing to hear that the mu­seum was not be­ing fre­quented by the English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. Be­sides the tem­po­rary ex­hibits which have cov­ered, in very ‘hands on’ ways, such topics as hum­ming­birds, di­nosaurs, ag­ing, teeth, dig­i­tal im­agery, cli­mate change and more, the per­ma­nent ex­hibit con­tains 65,000 nat­u­ral spec­i­mens as well as other ob­jects of sci­en­tific value.

The fol­low­ing tem­po­rary ex­hibits are go­ing on right now at the mu­seum: Let’s go! An­i­mals in mo­tion, Terra Mu­tants and The Cy­cle of the Sea­sons.

“I’m re­ally de­lighted to be work­ing with the Sherbrooke Sci­ence and Na­ture Mu­seum to build bridges be­tween our two com­mu­ni­ties. I’m also pleased that a long es­tab­lished in­sti­tu­tion like the Mu­seum has de­cided to make an ef­fort to reach out to the English com­mu­nity. It char­ac­ter­izes how we have evolved in the East­ern Town­ships, work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion to pro­mote goals of com­mon in­ter­est. The mu­seum cel­e­brates our pas­sion for our past. Its ac­tiv­i­ties are ed­u­ca­tional and with a view to bet­ter un­der­stand where we are now and where we are go­ing in the fu­ture,” con­cluded the pres­i­dent of Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

To learn more about the mu­seum, visit their web­site at www.na­ture­sciences.ca

photo Al Bar­ber

Ger­ald Cut­ting, pres­i­dent of Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and a board mem­ber of Sherbrooke’s Sci­ence and Na­ture Mu­seum, poses with a ‘friend’ from the mu­seum’s tem­po­rary ex­hibit “The cy­cle of the Sea­sons”.

photo Al Bar­ber

The Sherbrooke Sci­ence and Na­ture Mu­seum has stuffed an­i­mals of all kinds, ac­tu­ally thou­sands of them, in­clud­ing some very cud­dly ones in the Mu­seum’s bou­tique.

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