Speaker talks about personal journey
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.