Friday, July 10, 2009

Ste-Irène church transformed into a museum

Sainte-Irène church
Abitibi, QC

On August 1st & 2nd,
the parish church will be ignaugurated
as a museum.
The second wave of colonization in 1933 brought the founders of LAFERTÉ to this area of Abitibi. By 1934, the parish was organized and the church built by 1939. The first pastor was Father Henri PARÉ.
Today there are 300 inhabitants in what is now known as LAFERTÉ/TASCHEREAU, but in the 1950's therre were as many as 1,200 residents.
From 1926 to 1968, a train ran from TASCHEREAU to ROUYN-NORANDA. It is in the process of being "rebuilt" and will be known as "The Green Line."
Sainte-Irène church was officially closed in 2006.

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