The Musée Héritage Museum’s focus on outreach is one thing that I really love. Especially because we archivists are often “closeted” in a windowless back rooms and whenever we discover anything interesting, we are largely excited about our discoveries all on our own. However, outreach and programming, exhibitions and events, even this blog, all are chances for us to share with you what we’ve discovered and what we’re excited about.
My main project this summer is to process the records of Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel. He was a fascinating man who commanded the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade in WWI and ran a resistance group from his home in France in WWII… that’s just a few of the highlights from his life!
But, more than second-hand compilations and biographies, what’s most meaningful to me and what draws me to archives is the primary, first-hand evidence in the records. Brutinel’s archive contains some remarkable documents, such as a WWI interim operations report from 1918 that details military maneuvers and troop movements over a three-day period in August complete with maps and sketches. There’s a lot to discover. And I’m pleased to say that Brutinel’s archival records are being processed and will be available for researchers soon!
So if you’re curious about Brutinel, or any records in the Musée Héritage Museum’s archives please get in touch with us! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at MuseeHeritage.ca. Spend some time with the records, make discoveries, and celebrate with those of us who work in “the back room”.