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On the School Benches
Musée des Ursulines de Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières , Quebec


   For over 300 years, the
Ursuline Sisters have been
devoting their efforts to the
education of girls in Trois-
Rivières. In 1697, the
Ursulines opened the first
school for girls in the
region. The nuns at the time
instructed young Abenaki and
French girls in the colony.

During the following
centuries, they founded a day
school, boarding school,
teachers' training school and
college on the land adjoining
the monastery of Trois-
Rivières. As well, they
administered and taught in a
number of the city's public
schools and founded teaching

establishments for girls in
Grand-Mère and Shawinigan.
The exhibition, “On the
School Benches,” presents an
online experience of student
life in schools run by the
Ursulines during three
centuries of history. This
long tradition can be
discovered through objects

from the collection of the
Musée des Ursulines de Trois-
Rivières, as well as
photographs, archival
documents and first-hand
accounts by students,
teachers and

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