Biography of d’Eschambault, Antoine, 1896-1960

Born in Letellier, Manitoba en 1896, Antoine d’Eschambault studied at the Petit Séminaire de Saint-Boniface and the Grand Séminaire de Québec, and was ordained in 1921. He furthered his theological studies in Rome and spent some time in Poland before returning to Manitoba in 1924. While exercising his ministry as a parish priest, he also held several important positions at the diocesan level, as secretary to the Archbishop, chancellor, diocesan consultant and school visitor. An amateur historian, he collected documents and oral interviews and published a number of studies pertaining to the history of the West and of the French in Manitoba. In 1933, he became president of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface, a position he held for 27 years. In 1957, he led the campaign to have the former Grey Nun’s convent transformed into a museum. His efforts bore fruit as two years later the City of St. Boniface appointed a commission to establish what is known today as the St. Boniface Museum. He died in St. Boniface in 1960.

Mentioned in:


  1. "La guerre actuelle est-elle un un mal" discours prononcé par Antoine d'Eschambault le 16 février 1915
  2. Letter of 1 April 1896 from Clifford Sifton to Arthur R. Dickey, Alphonse Desjardines, and Donald A. Smith
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