Historical Interpretative Signage At St. Ann’s Academy

January 15, 2014

It was a great pleasure to attend the unveiling of the historical bilingual interpretative signs at St. Ann’s Academy on 2 May 2012. The Archives has been involved in the project from the inception – almost a year. The majority of the photographs used are from the SSA Archives and the text was scrupulously edited by Archives staff. Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Sister Mary Ellen King and other government and Francophone representatives, unveiled the signs. In all there are 18 interpretative bilingual signs scattered throughout the grounds at St. Ann’s Academy; a large one on the garage informs visitors of the arrival of the Sisters and the early years, others set on concrete plinths along paths cover topics such as the grounds, First Nations and the cemetery. Four large panels near the auditorium give viewers a glimpse into school life, sports and the restoration. Tucked away in the Novitiate Garden is a sign about the Novitiate life.

The event was very well attended and everyone, especially the Francophone community, appeared very pleased with the results. The highlight of the event however, was the May Procession – the intrepid Theresa Vogel led young pupils from St. Andrew’s Elementary School carrying bouquets of flowers and singing Ave Maria. They crowned the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and laid flowers around her feet. Then they assisted the VIPs with the unveiling. After this, all the guests were invited to the Novitiate Garden for the unveiling of a special plaque which marks a tree planted in the name of Marie Mainville. It is well worth the trip to St. Ann’s Academy to see the signs if you didn’t get a chance to attend the event.

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