Speaker talks about per­sonal jour­ney

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The next Tues­day Talk at the Aca­dian Mu­seum (in English) is at the mu­seum, in Mis­couche on July 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Claude Arse­nault will present a unique il­lus­trated talk en­ti­tled “Lost and Found at Pointe-aux-Vieux: A Per­sonal Story”. He will share his ex­pe­ri­ence par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal digs in Low Point, near Port Hill, where many of his an­ces­tors lived in the first half of the 1700s. Low Point was know as Pointe-auxVieux (the old peo­ple’s point) by post-De­por­ta­tion Aca­di­ans.

A na­tive of Summerside, he­lives in Birch Hill on the shores of Malpeque Bay, an area that was set­tled by Aca­dian fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing many Arse­naults, from 1728 to 1758. He was an en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teer in the arche­o­log­i­cal digs on a pre-De­por­ta­tion site at Low Point that were car­ried on a few years ago by the pro­vin­cial arche­ol­o­gist He­len Krist­man­son. As he dug out many ar­ti­facts he be­came more and more con­nected with his an­ces­tors and de­vel­oped a greater in­ter­est in the history of the Aca­dian peo­ple.

In 2012, Arse­nault re­ceived the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award from the P.E.I.Mu­seum and Her­itage Foun­da­tion; this year he re­ceived the Pe­tite Nyc­tale Award from the Aca­dian Mu­seum As­so­ci­a­tion for his con­tri­bu­tion to Is­land Aca­dian her­itage.

Ad­mis­sio­nis free, but do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated. Re­fresh­ments will be served. The mu­seum is lin Mis­couche, on Route 2, 10 km west of Summerside. Call 902-432-2880.

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