Acadian Harvest September 4-25
Daily: Exhibition featuring traditional Acadian textiles, crafts, music, and artwork
Knowledgeable interpreters on site
By request Genealogy of Acadian families of Rustico with Theresa Gallant
Thursdays: Sept 5, 12, 19 at 7:30 PM Lecture Series (in English):
• Sept 5: Georges Arsenault: “The Acadians on the North Shore of the Island:1720-1800”
• Sept 12: Ed MacDonald: “The Golden Age of PEI: The Island in the Confederation Era”
Sept 19: Jean Bernard: “The Publication of the PEI Gallant Families; a Study of the Acadian Identity Through the Records of the 19th Century”
Friday: Sept 20th: 7:30 PM Acadian Soirée
• Laura Mohan
• Morgan Hill
Saturdays: Sept 7, 14, 21
Sept 7: 10:30 AM: Harvesting of the Doucet House Heritage Gardens
Sept 14: 9:30-3:30 PM: Acadian basket weaving workshop.
(Must pre-register by Thursday September 12)
Sept 21: 12:00 PM: Acadian style meal cooked in outdoor bake oven with Arnold Smith
Sept 21: 10:30-2:30 PM: Harvest Fair Sale of traditional products (beads, bread, soap, place mats, etc)
FARMERS’ BANK OF RUSTICO MUSEUM & DOUCET HOUSE MUSEUM
June 1 – September 30, Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2188 Church Road, Route 243 off Route 6, South Rustico
The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico, a National Historic Site, operated from 1864 to 1894 as the first people’s bank in Canada. Now a museum, an exhibition describes the settlement of the community by the Acadians, and the establishment of the bank by Father Georges-Antoine Belcourt and the Acadians of Rustic; the Farmers’ Bank also is the centre for a Genealogical Centre of Rustico Acadian families. Next door, The Doucet House (c. 1722), an Acadian log house offers interpretive programs.
Additional Information on Upcoming Events
Aug 1st David Weale: David Weale is one of the Island’s best known storytellers and humourists. He is also the author of a number of award-winning books about the history and folk culture of Prince Edward Island, including Them Times, Pride in Small Places, An Island Christmas Reader, Chasing the Shore, and the soon to be released Tale Bearer. Additionally, he has written and performed in several stage shows, including A Long Way from the Road, and Greenmount Boy, that played to sold-out houses for many years.
Aug 15th Nudie: An Island sensation for years, Nudie has toured long and far and played in venues of all sizes across North America. He plays traditional country music the way Hank Williams would have liked it: great songwriting, minimal instrumentation, a strong voice and an everyman attitude."
Aug 22nd Meaghan Blanchard: An ECMA award winner, Meaghan Blanchard is a singer/songwriter from Hunter River PEI. She draws a lot of her inspiration for performing and songwriting from her grandparents and the memories of the Saturday night dances at the community hall where she got to hear them play.
Aug 22 Matt Steele: Fighting to earn the title of "the King of Sway", American born and Rustico-based singer-songwriter Matt Steele throws his whole body into a performance like a human metronome. Add in a set list full of catchy songs and a little good humored stage banter, and the results are a performance you won't forget.
September 5th Georges Arsenault: Historian and folklorist Georges Arsenault was born in Abram’s Village, PEI. He holds a BA degree in political science from Université de Moncton and a Master’s degree in Folklore studies from Université de Laval. He is the author of several books. Among them are:
The island Acadians 1720-1980
Acadians Legends, Folktales, and Songs from PEI
Acadian Christmas Traditions
Acadian Mi-Careme: Masks and Merrymaking
Acadian Traditions on Candlemas Day: Candles, Pancakes, and House Visits
His new book, titled The Acadians of Summerside, will be launched in October. He has contributed several articles to The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, The Island Magazine, La Petite Souvenance, and Les Cahiers de la Societé. He has contributed several articles to The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, The Island Magazine, La Petite Souvenance, and Les Cahiers de la Societé historique Acadienne. Georges is the president of the Sister Antoinette Desroches Historical Society, a member of the board of the Societé Promotion Grand-Pré and the Commission de L’Odysée Acadienne.
September 12th Ed Macdonald: Edward Macdonald is Associate Professor in the Department of History at UPEI, where he teaches Canadian, Atlantic, Public, and especially PEI history. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or compiled 6 books, 2 museum catalogues, and over 40 articles exploring various aspects of social, cultural, political, and environmental history of his native province. Among his books are If You’re Stronghearted: PEI in the 20th Century (2000) and The Landscapes of Confederation: Charlottetown in 1864 (2010). For 15 years he worked with the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, where he was Curator of History and editor of The Island Magazine. He is a familiar speaker to various groups within the Island community and frequently acts as a resource to media attempting to understand the historical roots of contemporary issues.
September 19th Jean Bernard: Jean Bernard was born in Bouctouche, N-B. and graduated from the Université de Moncton with BA Arts- Honors in History. After finishing his degree he worked for many years at le Centre d’études Acadiennes situated on the campus of L’université de Moncton with such colleagues as Stephen A. White, Ronnie-Gilles Leblanc, Ronald Labelle, and Régis Brun.
Bernard moved to PEI in 2003 and worked from then until September 2007 at the Acadian Research Centre in the Acadian Museum of PEI in Miscouche. During those years Bernard created a unique database of genealogical information on PEI Acadian families from the late 1700s-1900s.
Since 2009, Bernard has been writing a publishing series of books of Acadian genealogy entitled “Généalogie des familles Acadiennes de l’IPE c. 1765 à c 1900”. The fourth volume of the series has just come out and it deals with the genealogy of the Gallants’ of PEI.