Anyone browsing through our collection will notice it includes religious heritage objects, as well as items of socio‑ethnological or historical interest.
The Little Franciscans of Mary Museum and Heritage Space has identified six categories of artefacts in its trust. These include:
- objects associated with the history of the Little Franciscans of Mary (objects belonging to its Founders, from their place of origin (Worchester, Massachusetts), from the early days of the Congregation and its establishment in Baie-Saint-Paul);
- objects from various eras associated with the existence of the Little Franciscans of Mary sisters (everyday items used for meals, prayer, hygiene, religious habits);
- objects associated with the different trades they practiced (tutors of orphans and the elderly or persons with intellectual disabilities; teachers; nurses);
- objects associated with some of their beneficiaries (testimonials of gratitude, hand-made objects);
- objects gifted by a nun’s family members and
- objects that attest to the culture of the various places where the Little Franciscans of Mary established themselves (either temporarily or permanently).
This comprises approximately 4,500 artefacts, displayed across our four storage zones and exhibition halls.