Twentieth Century Deportation Memory

During the twentieth century, Acadian memory of the deportation largely focused on a single site, Grand-Pré, and was marked by one massive commemorative event, the bicentenary of the grand dérangement in 1955.

List of Media

  1. Prior to the commemorative events staged in 2005, the most elaborate effort to remember the deportation came with the bicentenary in 1955. Events were held in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but the most innovative were in Moncton, indicating some changes in the Acadians' willingness to express themselves in public.
  2. The twentieth century saw Grand-Pré, in Nova Scotia, emerge as the leading site of deportation memory. With reconstructed buildings from before the grand dérangement and a lush landscape, the site avoided reference to the suffering of Acadians.