MARIA CHAPDELAINE, TRUTHS AND LIES
ALL YEAR ROUND
Unravel the mysterious stories about the writer Louis Hémon and his famous novel. On June 29th 1912, Louis Hémon, a French from Brittany, arrives to Péribonka. He stays for few months and observes people’s lives. In 1914, at the time of the first publication of Maria Chapdelaine, people understand that the stranger was working on a novel inspired by the village of Péribonka, a tragic love story that depicts the pioneer life.
This exhibition makes you discover the truths and lies surrounding the author and his masterpiece. Through different collection items, learn all about the novel, the uncommon life of Louis Hémon and the story of the so-called inspiring muse of the Maria Chapdelaine’s character, Éva Bouchard.
Achieved by the Louis Hémon Museum and designed by Michel Marc Bouchard and Raymond Marius Boucher
SELF GUIDED TOURS
A SMALL HOUSE WITH A GREAT DESTINY
JUNE 19TH TO SEPTEMBER 7TH 2020
Visit the Samuel-Bédard House, place of Maria Chapdelaine’s novel inspiration, which attests of the presence of Louis Hémon in Péribonka, in 1912. This small typical house of the early twentieth centuries is one of the rare houses, from the settlement period in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region, which have kept its original architectural elements.
The house makes history in 1912 when Louis Hémon stays there for a little more than two months and makes the backdrop of his famous novel, Maria Chapdelaine. Classified as a historical monument, Samuel-Bédard House, which is animated during the summer, immerses you in the period of colonization and brings to life the most moving passages of the novel.