Fact du jour — Today in history

On April 30, 1658, Marguerite Bourgeoys opened Ville-Marie’s first school for French and Indian children in a stone stable measuring 12 metres by 6 metres, borrowed from the Company of Montreal. (In 1705, Montreal became the official name of the city, replacing the name Ville-Marie.)

Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized by the Catholic Church as the first female saint of Canada in 1982.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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1 Response to Fact du jour — Today in history

  1. Joyce says:

    Have you ever toured the archeological dig located below the foundations of Notre Dame de Bon Secours next to Bonsecours market? What a fascinating place to visit. They provide a wonderful tour and have a great museum collection about her work, the school and the chapel.

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