Monday February 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. Marie-Claude Belley will give a presentation entitled “Compassion and necessity: the support of the Irish orphans of 1847-1848.” The adoption of Irish orphans by the population of Quebec in 1847 and 1848 is relatively well known. These adoptions have often been told from heroic and romantic perspectives typical of immigration history. With the help of facts and numbers, Marie-Claude Belley will nuance the story and highlight an unknown part of the history, the integration of adopted children into host families.
In 2003, Marie-Claude Belley submitted a master’s thesis at Université Laval on the support of the Irish Orphans from the 1847-1848 emigration years. She has worked for the past 17 years for Parks Canada and is now an advisor specialized in cultural resources management.
Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. For further information phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404.