January 16, 2009
The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes will formally receive the “Dr. Marc Chassé Collection,” a compilation of videotapes which capture the history, culture, people and events of the St. John Valley during the past 25 years, later this month.
Dr. Chassé will officially turn over copies of 150 individual videotapes during a news conference and ceremony to be held at the Acadian Archives on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The videotape interviews and videotaping all were conducted by Dr. Chassé himself between 1983 and 2008. The tapes cover subjects ranging from interviews with governors and veterans; parades; Can-Am Crown Sled Dog races; and the World Cup Biathlon, among others.
The Acadian Archives staff already has converted all of the tapes from analog to digital format, and also has copied the tapes to DVD discs in order to preserve their audio and video integrity.
The Educational Resource Development Committee of the Maine Acadian Heritage Council bought archival DVDs and cases so that all public libraries and community access television channels in the St. John Valley would receive a copy of Dr. Chassé’s collection.
The Acadian Archives, after converting the video collection from VHS to digital DVD, made copies for each institution. The Acadian Archives at UMFK document, preserve, celebrate and disseminate information about the Upper Saint John Valley, a 70-mile stretch of the St. John River running between the U.S. and Canada. In pursuing its mandate of cultural conservation, the Archives focus particular attention on the Acadian and Franco-American history and culture.