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Congratulations to Catherine Charlebois on her new book!


We would like to warmly congratulate Catherine Charlebois, a core member of COHDS, and oral history curator at the Centre d'histoire de Montreal for having co-authored a new book Quartiers Disparus -- which is already on its second printing!


During the 1950 and 60s, Montreal is a city that moves quite quickly. There's a strong spirit of modernization, powered by the the Quiet Revolution discourse and the Expo67. This move towards modernization brings urban planners et political leaders - Jean Drapeau as mayor of Montreal - to think of new ways to organize the city without hesitating to brush away the past. This brings a strong wave of demoliitons of old homes, often justified by the need to eliminate unsanitary slums.

In this book, composed of eloquent testimonials and extraordinary archival photos from the Archives de Montréal (often unpublished), the reader will immerse in the life of now three extinct neighborhoods: the Red Light, the Faubourg à m'lasse and Goose Village. Born out the the exhibition of the same name and designed by the Centre d'histoire de Montréal in collaboration with UQÀM's Laboratoire d'histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal and the Archives de Montreal, Quartier Disparus is intended to be a photogtaphic contextualisation of an important side of the history of Quebec metropolis.


You can read more about the book here (in French).


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