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In These Spaces – History of Capital Punishment in Quebec

Are you curious about science, architecture, artifacts, history or music? Throughout the In These Spaces project, participants will explore a diverse set of subjects using the Morrin Centre’s spaces as a backdrop. Over the course of five live-streamed events, experts will talk about their field of expertise with our host Peter Black.


March 29, 2022
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The Hanged: Two Centuries of Executions in Quebec, 1760-1960

In May 2019, the Morrin Centre launched a new permanent exhibit on capital punishment in Quebec from the Conquest to 1960. Less than a year later, the pandemic restricted public access to the exhibit and the associated multimedia tour, a restriction which has essentially remained in place ever since. This presentation will provide a summary of the history of capital punishment in Quebec, based largely on the exhibit’s content, along with new material collected since its launch.


Guest – Professor Donald Fyson

Donald Fyson is a professor of history at Université Laval, specializing in the history of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Quebec. He is particularly interested in the relationship between law, state, and society, notably as seen through the everyday operation of the criminal and civil justice systems, the police and local administration. His research has touched on topics such as homicides, imprisonment, and capital punishment. He is also the LHSQ’s honorary librarian.



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Ce projet est rendu possible grâce au support du Gouvernement du Canada, de Québecor, et du groupe Satir Productions.