In addition to identifying the wearer and to emphasize its religious affiliation, the religious garb is a social sign steeped in history. More specifically, the religious costume is an important witness in the history of Canada and Quebec meaning that many religious orders from Europe came to settle there. Distinctive religious communities offered health, education, and welfare services.
The purpose of this exhibition is to provide an overview of religious life through the costume. To accomplish this, fifty dolls dressed in traditional garb are chosen as the base, enriched by life-size costumes and religious items such as devotional medals, missals, reliquaries, etc.
This is an opportunity to especially thank the Museum of the Daughters of Jesus and the Ursulines’ Museum, both of Three Rivers, and the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary of Coaticook for the loan of life size costumes. Thanks also go to those who assisted in the making of the exhibition and particularly to Sister Louise Guilbert.