The CHM as seen by

Ms Helen Fotopulos

Helen Fotopulos Member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, responsible for culture, heritage, design, and womens issues

In November 18, 1983, the Centre dhistoire de Montral came into being thanks to the collaboration between the Quebec government and the City of Montreal.
The signing of the first Agreement between the Ministre des Affaires Culturelles du Qubec and the City in 1979 made it possible to open an institution, which since then, has revealed the history and heritage of Montrealers and their city. Here, visitors can get a real feeling of the city of yesterday and today. They discover the inhabitants ways of life, their culture, their past and their present, and understand a little better how Montreals identity was forged.

The City is proud of what the Centre dhistoire has become: its contribution to the personality of our metropolis is unique. For more than thirty years now, with competence and talent, it has fulfilled its educational mission and its role of cultural disseminator in a manner that is welcoming, accessible, collaborative, and innovative.

In 2009, we decided it was high time for a makeover of the former fire station that houses the Centre dhistoire. Built at the beginning of the last century, its architectural features make it a stand-out in Old Montreal.

The City has invested over three million dollars for the buildings protection. In addition, the Ministre de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fminine du Qubec contributed $161,400. for the updating of the Centre dhistoires permanent exhibition, a project which is now underway, with our collaboration. A development plan recently submitted upon a recommendation by the Citys Executive Committee confirms the CHMs role of urban animator, particularly in the highlighting of the value of the memories of Montrealers and the citys cultural diversity.

With the aim of placing its expertise at the service of citizens, over the years, the CHM has developed a variety of collection and presentation tools that can be put to use in the boroughs and with various associated partners, on the occasion of an anniversary or other historical interpretation activities. We are happy to be able to offer Montrealers unique opportunities to get to know their city better, to appropriate their history and to understand its development, both at the museum and in their neighbourhoods. In this way, the museums actions foster feelings of pride and belonging among us. Through this institution, the City is saying to all its citizens, to quote the Centre dhistoires slogan: Youre part of history!

Together with our public partners, we hope that in the coming years, even more Montrealers and visitors from all around the world will be able to take full advantage of what the Centre dhistoire de Montral has to offer.