Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Activity 1. The Editing Game

Length: 60 minutes


  • Validating understanding of the exhibition concepts and content
  • Fostering acquisition of effective work methods
  • Fostering development of communication and writing skills
  • Raising students’ awareness about copyrights and the attribution of sources when working with historical documents


In small groups, students choose among the following questions and read the related presentation texts.

Students are then asked to “edit” the content of their answers. They can do this by:

  • re-organizing the content of various reference texts for thematic coherence;
  • adding complementary information found elsewhere in the exhibition (by using the search function);
  • defining certain terms (using the glossary).  

Each idea or subtopic must be illustrated by an image from the exhibition (photograph, art work, map, etc.). Students must include the attribution of the sources for each image, including the following elements:

  • The title and year of production, if known (e.g. Arrival of the steamer La Belle Étoile, 1928)
  • The holder of authors’ and dissemination rights (e.g. Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent)
  • The complete archival reference, if known (e.g. Paul-Émile Martin Coll., p0456)

N.B.: Images from the exhibition can be used without specific authorization for educational purposes ONLY.

Teachers can decide on the best way to deliver the information: creating a brochure, a commented slide projection, etc.

Suggested questions and related texts:


Related Texts

Why did the first holidayers travel so far from the cities?

“Getting Out of the City”

  • Awash with germs
  • Call of the wild

People who summered in eastern Quebec in the 19th century came from which social class?

“Getting Out of the City”

  • Wealth’s privileges
  • Deals downriver

Under what conditions did the first vacationers travel to eastern Quebec?

“Testing Icy Waters”

  • Trailblazers
  • Obstacle course
  • Without ceremony

What technological advances allowed vacationers to travel faster, further and more comfortably?

“Testing Icy Waters”

  • Full steam ahead
  • The art of hospitality

What was the difference between travelling as a tourist and being a summer resident?

“Savouring Summer”

  • Typical vacationers
  • Landscape first

What was life like for the summer residents of eastern Quebec’s sea-bathing resorts in the late 19th and early 20th century?

“Savouring Summer”

  • Ready for summer
  • To each his fun
  • Rubbing shoulders

What heritage did the golden age of summer holiday residences (1850‒1950) leave in eastern Quebec?

“Leaving One’s Trace”

  • Little palaces
  • The artist’s touch
  • Written records

What was different and what was the same between vacations before World War II and today?

“Leaving One’s Trace”

  • Vacation for all!
  • Appeal of the authentic
  • A break from routine

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