John Neilson: The Canadian Franklin exhibit and lecture


The Borough of Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge invites the public to see the exhibit John Neilson, The Canadian Franklin, presented at the Centre d’Interprétation Historique de Sainte-Foy from September 9, 2015, to June 12, 2016. Admission is free

The exhibit, which includes a wide selection of photographs, archival documents, works of art and various objects, pays tribute to a man of the nineteenth century who marked Canada's history.

A prominent figure in Quebec

Born in 1776 in Scotland, Neilson died in 1848 in the parish of Sainte-Foy. His remains lie in the cemetery of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier. Like Benjamin Franklin, who was both a politician and a physicist, an editor, a writer and inventor, John Neilson was an MP (Canadian party and Patriot party), owner of a printing company and publisher of the Quebec Gazette (forerunner of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph) a publishing house and a bookshop. He was also involved in many organizations related to the world of culture, education and agriculture.

The exhibition is divided into nine sections that address the important aspects of the life of John Neilson. Among them, his arrival and presence in Quebec, his origins, his family, the trades he practiced and the links he maintained with the community.


On Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Sainte-Foy Historical Society, and the curator of the exhibit Claude Corriveau, will give a lecture (in French) on John Neilson and his extraordinary career.

The Centre d’Interprétation Historique de Sainte-Foy (the old presbytery) is located at 2825 Chemin Sainte-Foy (parking is available behind the building off of Rue du Chanoine-Martin).

The exhibit can be seen from Tuesday to Sunday from Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 pm from October 7 to 20 December, and will continue until June 12, 2016.