Village Historique Acadien Brings Culture to Schools
Riviere-Du-Nord,NB February 11, 2012 – The Village Historique Acadien school tour will begin on Monday, February 13, in conjunction with Heritage Week, and it will continue until the end of Provincial French Pride Week on March 23. In 2011, the village visited more than 2,600 students in 22 schools. Thirty-two schools, with more than 4,200 students from kindergarten to Grade 8, have confirmed their participation in 2012.
"This great success for the Village Historique Acadien this year clearly shows the importance of Acadian culture and traditions," said Gabriel LeBreton, acting executive director of the village. "We are proud of the record number of schools that will be visited. The village will visit all corners of the province in 14 francophone schools and 17 anglophone schools, going to Campbellton, Grand Falls, Saint John and Richibucto, among other locations."
Interpreters in period costume will visit students, bringing chests filled with stories and items from the time of Acadians’ ancestors. The customs and beliefs of an earlier time will be brought to life for young people in the classroom.
This program is offered to students from kindergarten to Grade 8 and is tailored to each age group. The youngest students will learn how to weave a rug, while students in grades 7 and 8 will learn about the first Acadians.
The tour enables the village to carry out its mission – to promote Acadian heritage and culture and to make them accessible to people of all ages.
The village also offers a summer program of vacation camps that enables children aged seven to 12 to experience different facets of Acadian life.
More information about the program and the summer camps is online.
Open since 1977, the Village Historique Acadien strives to portray the lives of Acadians between 1770 and 1949. More than 60 historic buildings are staffed by interpreters in period costume who bring the ancestral costumes and traditional trades back to life.