For its first century the Literary and Historical Society of Québec made important contributions to higher learning as a museum and reference library, through its publications and as a platform for lectures on historical and scientific subjects. It also fostered the establishment of the Geological Survey of Canada, Library and Archives of Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. In the 20th century, the society gradually abandoned many of its initial functions and evolved into a private community library.
Since 2000 the Literary and Historical Society of Québec moved beyond its library services to take on an important cultural centre project, publicly known as the Morrin Centre. This cultural centre expands on the society's general-interest English-language library by introducing a complete restoration of the national historic site it calls home, guided tours and educational programs throughout the building, a regular series of cultural events in English and a new mission to foster and share English-language culture and heritage in the Québec City region. The city of Québec has shown its commitment to the society's project by turning over the heritage building, which includes the society's library, in 2004, through the signing of a 99-year lease. The Morrin Centre was officially inaugurated in June 2006.
Author CARMAN V. CARROLL
Links to Other Sites
Images from the Turn of a Century: 1760-1840
This extensive online exhibition is devoted to 18th and 19th Century Québec art, literature, and music. From the Université du Québec.
Morrin Cultural centre - Heritage site
The Morrin Centre fosters English-speaking culture in Quebec City and encourages cultural exchanges in French and English. Their site offers online exhibits and learning resources for students and their teachers. Managed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.
Early Publications of the Literary & Historical Society of Quebec
Discover the thousands of pages published by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec between 1824 and 1924. Include original scientific, historical and literary research from the nineteenth century as well as reprints of older historical primary sources found in archival sources around the world.