From village to city : Saint-Laurent celebrates its 125th Anniversary in style!
February 7, 2018
2018 will be a truly memorable year as the Saint-Laurent community celebrates its 125th Anniversary. On February 27, 1893, a new city was created in Québec, specifically the City of Saint-Laurent. At the time of its incorporation, Saint-Laurent already comprised 1225 residents, 225 predominantly wooden houses, several businesses and four hotels. Two months later, on April 25, 1893, its newly-formed City Council sat for the very first time.
The transition from village to city was a major milestone in the history of Saint-Laurent and marked the start of its impressive expansion. Largely a farming territory at the time of its incorporation until the sixties, Saint-Laurent then began to enjoy sustained growth and underwent a major industrial shift. Home today to more than 104,000 residents and 4500 businesses, Saint-Laurent is now the largest borough in terms of surface area (43 km2), and an important economic hub with 105,000 jobs.
“We are proud of our history, our citizens and our strong sense of belonging that characterizes us. We would like to seize the opportunity presented by this anniversary to celebrate our wonderful community and its tremendous progress,” stated the Mayor of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa.
To commemorate this anniversary, Saint-Laurent's administration has planned events to which citizens will be invited throughout the year, including two during Spring Break week.
Open house Sunday, March 4, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Borough Hall, 777, Marcel-Laurin
To mark the program launch, Council members invite the public to attend an Open House at Borough Hall. The event will begin outside, with Urban Security patrol cars and a sidewalk plough on hand for the young and the young-at-heart to explore. The event will then move indoors with an exclusive tour of Borough Hall, and conclude with an exhibition by the McCord Museum on the history of Saint-Laurent, in Council Chambers. Coffee and dessert will be served. This activity is included in the Spring Break Week Passport, which can be stamped on-site.
Historiscope screening** From March 4 to 10, at 6:30 p.m. Église de Saint-Laurent, 803, avenue Sainte-Croix
For this special anniversary, the Borough will once again feature the Historiscope multimedia production depicting the history of Saint-Laurent in an impressive graphic montage, featuring one of Vieux-Saint-Laurent's most breathtaking historical buildings as a backdrop. For the big première on March 4, hot chocolate and pretzels will be served free of charge.
Other activities during the year
Several surprises will pop up on the 2018 calendar for Saint-Laurent's 125th Anniversary. Not to be missed in the next few months, a special 25th anniversary edition of the Ordre des Grands Laurentiens in connection with Municipality Week, the Saint-Laurent Celebrations on August 11, and seasonal activities at the Place Rodolphe-Rousseau.
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