Sur les traces de Dubuc

Recipient of the 2022 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

November 14, 2022

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi / Musée régional, Chicoutimi, Quebec

Sur les traces de Dubuc (In the Footsteps of Dubuc) is a five-episode narrative podcast set in the early twentieth century. This documentary series produced by La Pulperie de Chicoutimi / Regional Museum takes listeners in the footsteps of Julien-Édouard-Alfred Dubuc, a man who dedicated his heart and soul to the development of Quebec’s Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

The series tells the fascinating story of a man who built a life and career as a banker, industrialist, politician, financier, and business magnate. Produced and hosted by author and journalist Marie-Julie Gagnon, accompanied by historian and museologist Gaston Gagnon, the series delves deeply into Dubuc’s life and legacy: his ambitions and career path; his achievements as an important and influential industrialist; his family life, revealed through his houses and villas; his political  accomplishments; and the archives that keep his story and heritage alive.

The podcast episodes were recorded in heritage buildings associated with this noted historical figure. The project fulfills the museum’s vision to expand the historical knowledge of its unique National Historic Site, which includes the ruins of the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi, founded in 1896 and built between 1897 and 1921.

Produced by local podcasting specialist Balado Boréal, the podcast is distinguished by its distinctive graphic and sound design, an original music score, and larger-than-life characters. Sur les traces de Dubuc speaks directly to members of the community — especially young adults — with a view to fostering their connection to a little-known story, a must-see iconic site, and a museum designed especially for them.