Church Point, NS, May 30, 2023 – Université Sainte-Anne is proud to announce that it will present the Louis E. Deveau Award of Excellence at the Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse during the convocation ceremony on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. The entire community is invited to join in this celebration, which will take place simultaneously at the Tusket, Church Point and Halifax campuses.

The Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is a company that grew out of the community's desire to offer visitors to Nova Scotia a glimpse into the culture and history of Nova Scotia's Acadians. This community venture plays an important role in the development of tourism in southwestern Nova Scotia and contributes to both the promotion of Acadian culture and local economic development.

Located in Lower West Pubnico, on a picturesque 17-acre point of land, the Village is a lively museum that depicts Nova Scotia's unique Acadian culture and invites visitors to step back in time to discover how Acadians lived in the early 1900s. It aims to ensure a better understanding and appreciation of Acadian culture, traditions, language and lifestyle. This is accomplished by allowing visitors to step back in time and experience different aspects of Acadian life with the assistance of period installations and a team of guides dressed in period costumes, among others.

Des familles en train de faire un picnic dehors

Numerous programs, activities and events are offered to enable people of all ages to discover the traditional arts and the chores of yesteryear. For younger visitors, there are the school visits and summer camps, which welcome over 750 young people from across Nova Scotia each year. There are a variety of events such as harvest festivals (rhubarb, strawberry, blueberry and apple), entertaining evenings like "Kitchen Parties" with local musicians as well as dinner theatres. The Semaine acadienne de Par-en-bas and large-scale events like Havre au tchai, which took place in 2022, are always very popular and a source of pride for the community.

The Village has recently hired someone to make small boats in the local Pubnico style, and a wheelwright to give demonstrations of cartwheel making, the only one in Nova Scotia to do so.

While the site showcases the traditions and customs of the past, this has not prevented the village from installing modern facilities. Recent renovations have included an accessible entrance and amphitheatre seating for people with reduced mobility. Planning is underway to add charging stations for electric cars.

"The Village historique acadien is more than just an open-air museum; it's a place where history, nature and tradition meet the Acadie of today. All the effort and energy that staff members and the community have devoted to this important site is evident when you visit, and they are to be congratulated on this fine achievement."

- Allister Surette, President and Vice-Chancellor, Université Sainte-Anne.

With the Congrès mondial acadien 2024 approaching in the Acadie of Southwest Nova Scotia, the village and region are gearing up to welcome Acadians and tourists from around the world to this major international gathering of Acadian culture.

In recognition of its efforts to preserve Acadian culture and traditions, and its contributions to the economic, tourism and social development of Southwest Nova Scotia, Université Sainte-Anne is proud to present the Louis E. Deveau Award of Excellence to the Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only Francophone university in Nova Scotia, offers university and college programs, as well as immersion and customized training programs in French as a second language. Recognized for the excellence of its programs and its unique and exceptional living environment, it offers experiential learning opportunities that foster student engagement and success, and a context conducive to the establishment of a culture of excellence in research and development. Firmly rooted in its community, the university is a partner of choice for enhancing the vitality of the regions surrounding its campuses, and of Nova Scotia's Acadie as a whole.

For More Information:

Rachelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications and Marketing
Université Sainte-Anne
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