Les écoles de bonheur

Creator(s): Musée des filles de Jésus

Between 1950 and 1972, the Val-Marie and Keranna family institutes in the Trois-Rivières area educated thousands of young women. Originally called "écoles ménagères régionales" ("regional home economics schools"), these boarding schools were operated by the women's religious congregation Les Filles de Jésus, who taught girls sewing, knitting and cooking. The institutes' curriculum was later expanded to include cultural and scientific subjects.

The family institutes were practice-oriented, also offering placements in orphanages or the "Petit Foyer," a replica of a household recreated inside the institute. There, young girls learned how to care for babies and the various tasks involved in running a house. This exhibit paints a portrait imbued with the humanism of another era.

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