Island researcher and historian, Georges Arsenault is launching a new book, Illustrated History of the Acadians of Prince Edward Island. It will be published in both official languages; the English edition by Acorn Press and the French edition by Grand Mare. The publication of this book is just in time for the Acadian Congress Mondial which starts in PEI on August 10 but also coincides with the 300 year anniversary of French colonization next year.
Written for the general reader, this book provides an overview of the three hundred years of French and Acadian presence on Prince Edward Island. The author describes the first settlements established on the Island by France, the deportation of the Acadian inhabitants in 1758, and their resettlement on the Island. He also looks at the evolution of the economy, the role of the Catholic Church, French-language education, and the struggles to ensure a vibrant French culture in the Acadian communities throughout the Island.
Georges Arsenault is an historian and ethnologist. He has published extensively in French on the Acadian history and culture of Prince Edward Island. Many of his works have been translated, including The Island Acadians, The Acadians of Summerside, Acadian Christmas Traditions, Acadian Traditions on Candlemas Day, and Acadian Mi-Carême: Masks and Merrymaking. Since 2009, he has been writing a weekly column in La Voix Acadienne on images of the past.