To help publicize the collection, and disseminate its stories to a wider world, the seniors are working on a variety of ways to accomplish this. These include:
2019 Ongoing Projects and Activities
Une promenade parlante: episodes in a changing neighbourhood (Cynthia Hammond, Shauna Janssen, Wendy Allen, Eric Craven and the Living History Group – Atwater Library) is a creative, episodic walk that explores the built environment of Shaugnessy Village, which is a zone of intense social, economic, and architectural contrast. This zone links the Golden Square Mile, once the richest district in Canada, with the “garden city” of Westmount, and the heavily industrialized neighbourhoods of Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy. Working with the seniors’ living memory and urban research, our walk invites delegates to explore the history, politics, and built form of 5-7 specific locations through a series of creative episodes and performances, set into the scenography of the city. The walk will conclude at the Atwater Library, where participants will have the opportunity to further dialogue with the seniors and enjoy refreshments. [Friday October 12, 8am-10am — meet at the 4th Space]
2018 Past Activities
Friday, March 9, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Photographer Brian Merrett gave a public presentation on the role of the artist in shaping the built environment. He discussed local Montreal examples such as protests against plans for the Ville-Marie Expressway, the fight to save Windsor Station, and the conservation of Shaughnessy House as part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. This public event was held collaboratively with Concordia University Art History dept.
Friday, March 9, 2018 from 1:00 to 1:30 pm
Wanda Potrykus, one of the senior participants, presented “A Village Riddle” spoken word and photographic image presentation inspired by working on the Living History project collection, where the audience had to guess the subject of the riddle.
Friday, March 9, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Participants present videos and other media they made in the course of the project. This public showcase event featured light refreshments and introduced a selection of the stories recorded up to that time and accessible on tablets for participants and visitors to enjoy.
Starting February 25, 2018 – Ongoing
“Birth of a local living history collection” — A series of articles by project participant Wanda Portrykus published in WestmountMag.ca online — Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 Part 4, Part 5
Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Workshop with deaf people about their relationship to music, in collaboration with Université de Montréal and UQaM. This workshop was recorded by seniors participating in the project.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Presentation by project participants to Concordia Art students. 50 people present.
2017 Past Activities
Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Mechanics’ Days Vernissage — A public reception to showcase project work as well as displays by Concordia History and Art Education students whose classes were at the Library during the Fall semester. Over 200 attendees.
Outreach and collaboration with Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts, Union United Church, Royal Montreal Curling Club, RCA Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture and others.
June to December – Weekly Friday sessions brought together project participants for learning, sharing and creating.
Friday, June 16, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
The project started with an information session followed by a workshop facilitated by Dr. Steven High, Concordia University history professor.