Calumet council filming historical documentary

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Allyson Beauregard

ILE-DU-GRAND-CALUMET – Over the summer and fall, the municipality is hosting a series of history talks on the first Saturday of every month (except August) until October. Organized by Councillor James Azola, the various talks will be filmed to create a documentary detailing the history of the municipality.

Allyson Beauregard

ILE-DU-GRAND-CALUMET – Over the summer and fall, the municipality is hosting a series of history talks on the first Saturday of every month (except August) until October. Organized by Councillor James Azola, the various talks will be filmed to create a documentary detailing the history of the municipality.
The first talk was held April 7 where historian Roger Blanchette spoke about how the municipality developed as a francophone core surrounded by anglophone communities. Although the first presentation was in French, future talks will be bilingual, including the next one on May 5. In future talks, area elders will be encouraged to tell their stories, tales of their family members and other
residents, of area landmarks such as the mine, the municipality’s history, and other remembrances. Attendees will also be able to ask each speaker questions.
Azola is responsible for tourism in the municipality and came up with the idea as a way to put Ile-du-Grand-Calumet “on the map” and to allow area residents to “discover their roots”.
After each event, a meal and musical entertainment will follow. Everything is free,
with costs covered by the municipality, but donations are encouraged. 
The documentary is expected in November or December when it will be shown to area residents at a release party.