Collection: Management and Maintenance
The St. Laurent house and general store.© Parks Canada / Jean Audet
The St. Laurent ethnologic collection is composed of more than 4,000 original artefacts donated by the St. Laurent family. This collection covers a large time period; as a matter of fact, it represents the presence of the St. Laurent family in Compton from 1881 to 1972. It allows us to really see how life was for the St. Laurent family through different eras.
In Compton, around 2,500 of the St. Laurent original objects are on display; 95% of them are inside the house. The general store's shelves, counters and tables are occupied by about 3,000 reproductions. This makes of the Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada the second-most important Parks Canada site in Quebec for displayed objects.
It is obvious that management, maintenance and prevention are the most efficient ways to protect this collection. Also, the Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada has Maintenance Management System conceived by the Conservation/Restoration Service (Quebec, 1990). Another essential tool is the Collection Catalogue with its individual description files for each object.
Maintenance also includes regular house cleaning, such as thorough dusting and seasonal cleaning of leather, copper, textiles, etc. There are closing and opening procedures in autumn and spring which includes complete clean-up, dustsheets, etc. Furthermore, a collection inventory of the house and general store is scrupulously done every year.
This shows how important the aspect of preservation is to the Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada.