Project 365 – Day 139: Remembering Jeanne Mance

May 18 2012

Following on from yesterday’s post celebrating the 370 year anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the announcement that Jeanne Mance was to be recognized as the co-founder of the city alongside Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, I decided today to photograph the monument, park and street named in her honor.

First a little history lesson on who Jeanne Mance was.

She was born in 1606 in Haute-Marne, France and at the age of 34 was recruited by the Society of Our Lady of Montreal to voyage to New France (Canada). Mance left France and began her voyage to Canada in 1641. In 1642, she and Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve founded the city of Montreal. That year, Mance also ran a hospital out of her home. In 1645, she established the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal on the Rue Saint-Paul – the second hospital in North America north of Mexico, the first being the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. The hospital was moved to its current location at the foot of Mount Royal on rue Saint Urbain in 1861.

She returned twice to France, once in 1650 for money for her hospital, and the second time several years later to recruit three Hospital Sisters to assist her in Montreal. In addition she was key in saving the colony by securing funds from France.

Jeanne Mance died in Montreal and was interred in the chapel of the Hôtel-Dieu on June 19, 1673.

Mance is remembered in Montreal with a monument, together with a park and street named in her honor.

The Jeanne Mance Monument

Unlike Maisonneuve’s monument that is located in the middle of Place d’Armes in front of the Basilica Notre Dame, the Jeanne Mance monument is located in the center of a car park in front of the Hotel Dieu hospital. The monument was sculpted by Louis-Philippe Hébert (who also sculpted the Maisonneuve monument) and unveiled on September 2 1909.

Jeanne Mance monument at the Hotel Dieu hospital

Jeanne Mance monument at the Hotel Dieu hospital

Jeanne Mance monument at the Hotel Dieu hospital

Jeanne Mance monument at the Hotel Dieu hospital

Jeanne Mance monument at the Hotel Dieu hospital

Jeanne Mance monument at the Hotel Dieu hospital

Parc Jeanne Mance

The park named after Mance is situated between avenue des Pins and avenue du Mont Royal and along avenue du Parc. The park is popular for various sports, having a number of tennis courts , 2 baseball diamonds and an astro turf football field at the north end adjacent to avenue Mont Royal. There is also a childrens playground and splash pool towards the southern end and in winter an outdoor ice hockey rink is created. On the southern most end between avenue des Pins and avenue Duluth there is an area set aside for beach volleyball.

The following pictures hopefully give you a flavor for the park and it’s activities mentioned above.

Jeanne Mance Tennis Courts

Jeanne Mance Tennis Courts

Jeanne Mance Tennis Courts

Jeanne Mance Tennis Courts

Jeanne Mance Park Astro turf football field

Jeanne Mance Park Astro turf football field

2 baseball diamonds at Jeanne Mance Park

2 baseball diamonds at Jeanne Mance Park

Jeanne Mance Park soccer area

Jeanne Mance Park soccer area

Empty Kids splash pool at Jeanne Mance Park

Empty Kids splash pool at Jeanne Mance Park

Parc Jeanne Mance kids playground

Parc Jeanne Mance kids playground

Jeanne Mance Park Beach Volleyball Courts

Jeanne Mance Park Beach Volleyball Courts

You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy the park, and is a great place to take a stroll, picnic or just sit and watch the world go by.

Tree lined paths at Parc Jeanne Mance

Tree lined paths at Parc Jeanne Mance

Tree lined paths at Parc Jeanne Mance

Tree lined paths at Parc Jeanne Mance

Tree lined paths at Parc Jeanne Mance

Tree lined paths at Parc Jeanne Mance

Steps leading to the Georges Étienne Cartier Monument

Steps leading to the Georges Étienne Cartier Monument

Rue Jeanne Mance

Rue Jeanne Mance runs north-south between avenue Viger and avenue Van Horne. It actually crosses rue Maisonneuve (which runs east-west), which I thought would make a symbolic shot – though no doubt this sign post has been photographed hundreds of times before, so not an original idea.

rue Jeanne Mance and blvd de Maisonneuve intersection

rue Jeanne Mance and blvd de Maisonneuve intersection

I only walked between Maisonneuve and des Pins, but grabbed a couple of shots to give a little taste of the street in the area.

Balcong on rue Jeanne Mance showing student support

Balcong on rue Jeanne Mance showing student support

Typical triplex home on rue Jeanne Mance

Typical duplex/triplex home on rue Jeanne Mance

Window flower display on rue Jeanne Mance

Window flower display on rue Jeanne Mance

On avenue des Pins near rue Jeanne Mance is a hospital museum next to the Hotel Dieu hospital. It costs 6$ entry but was told they don’t allow photographs, so didn’t enter. However, in the chapel is where the remains of Jeanne Mance are laid.

Hotel Dieu Hospital Museum

Hotel Dieu Hospital Museum

Hotel Dieu Chapel

Hotel Dieu Chapel

Hotel Dieu Chapel

Hotel Dieu Chapel

In rounding up today’s post, it was great news that after 370 years, Jeanne Mance has been officially recognized and having dug a little into her background she certainly was a pioneer of her time. I only wish that they would find a better location for her monument, such as the southern side of the Jeanne Mance Park next to the hospital rather than the car park. If not then perhaps commission another to be placed in the park. At the very least, the monument is in need of renovation, particularly the base inscriptions that are no longer readable. Okay, rant over.

Have a great weekend everyone…here in Canada it’s a long one :-)

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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4 Comments

  1. Steven Myers May 20, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    nice tribute and write up!!
    more than hell’s angels and filles de roi,

  2. Montreal in Pictures May 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Thanks Steve…not sure I get the reference to the Hell’s Angels – care to elaborate ?

    • Steven Myers May 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      just to say
      that the amazing spectrum of your photos
      turns hyped notions like the montreal quebec biker war
      into a kaleidoscope of fresh possibilities.
      montreal is so much more and you’re demonstrating that with your fine work.

      • Montreal in Pictures May 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

        Ah-Ha…Thankfully the biker wars were before I arrived, now we just have student v police wars…Thanks for the support and kind words :-)

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