GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OF OUR STORY COLLECTION
The stories in the collection centre on the wonderful light-filled heritage building that houses the Atwater Library and faces Cabot Square. Formerly known as Western Square, 100 plus years ago this was the western edge of the City of Montreal, abutting the small but burgeoning city of Westmount to the west, the southern flank of Mount Royal to north, the Shaughnessy and downtown district of Montreal to the east, Little Burgundy, Griffintown and Pointe-St-Charles to the south-east, and St-Henri, Verdun, Ville Emard, Cote-St-Paul and the shores of the St. Lawrence to the south and south-west.
Thus the approximate geographic area of our story collection has as its heart the Atwater Library building at 1200 Atwater Avenue, then stretches north as far as the southern flank of Mount Royal, our namesake mountain the soul of our city, then east to the former University Street (now renamed rue Robert-Bourassa), then south to Wellington St. and Lasalle Blvd, and finally west to Decarie Blvd on the eastern edges of NDG, and southwest as far as Agrignon Park in Ville Emard and rue de l’Eglise in Verdun.
In consequence, the potential for story gathering is endless and only limited by the capacity of the seniors to research and capture the stories for posterity.
Approximate area of Living History Collection focus
A PERMANENT COLLECTION LINKING MONTREALERS TO THEIR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
The aim of the Atwater Library Living History Collection is to serve as a link between the past, present and future of this demographically diverse section of Montreal. It will also act as a foundation and as a dynamic gift of knowledge from those who came before to future generations wishing to understand a little more of their world and some of the changes undergone by the land under their feet.