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Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site of Canada

Site Management

View of the Papineau manor seen from the South-East (exterior of the Greenhouse Tower) The Greenhouse Tower
© Parks Canada / Luce Savard / 2002

Landmarks and symbols of Canadian identity, national historic sites of Canada are first and foremost dedicated to commemoration. Each site has his own significance and contributes, in its own way, to the commemoration of Canadian History. The commemorative intent of a historic site, i.e. the element to be commemorated specifically on the site, is closely connected with the special features that cause its national significance to be recognized and which, in the final analysis, justify its existence as part of the system of national historic sites. Generally speaking, the commemorative intent of a site is defined on the basis of the recommendations of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) 1.

The commemorative intent of the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site of Canada has been defined as follows :

"The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site of Canada principally commemorates Louis-Joseph Papineau and architectural significance of his manor house, as a reflection of his social ambitions, tastes and personality.

It also bears witness to the man who, after leaving the political stage, devoted his entire life to the construction of an ideal domain and the management of his seigneurie at La Petite-Nation.

Finally, it recalls the role of the Papineau family in constituting the domain."

1. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada is an apolitical organization responsible for advising the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the commemoration of Canada's history.