Théâtre de Guignol:
Between lice and artifacts, hygiene in New-France
Saturdays, August 10 and August 24
In between lices and artefacts! Hygiene in New-France. Inspired by historical and archaeological facts of the 18th century.
It is dark and our friend Guignol is going back home. Suddenly, a pile of garbage falls on him. Yuck! Our friend is all dirty and it is not the first time this happens. Enough! Guignol has decided to change things. To do so he will go to the intendant so that his complaint can be heard. Will Guignol succeed and make the intendant forbid throwing garbage in the streets during the night?
In this new adventure of Guignol, artefacts, lice comb and latrines showcase the hygiene of the time: people never wash, neither hair or body and they put perfume to mask the smell… And even more!
*Theater play in French only*
A witness of the past
In 1668, Jean talon bought the field on which stands l'Îlot des Palais today. Many of his projects invest on this field: naval construction, brewery, potash making. The lower side of l'Îlot sees the aspiration of the intendant spring to life. Many products like soap and glass are sent to Paris. Jean Talon brews beer as well, during five years, before interrupting his activities. The place then change its vocation and becomes a palace designed to meet the businessman needs. Moreover, it is there that the first meeting of the Conseil souverain takes places in 1683. In 1713, a fire destroys the palace, who faced the river then. One year later, the palace is reconstructed, this time facing the city, according to the wishes of the new intendant, Michel Bégon de la Picardière. Unfortunately, the second palace is also destroyed in a fire in 1725. The engineer of the king, Chassegros de Léry, construct a third palace on the ruins of the fire. The palace assist and survives the war of conquest, even becoming a safe haven for american invaders in 1775. To make them flee the british troops bombard the palace, only the vaults will then remain.