Morrin College is the first English-language institute of higher education in Québec City
The college is built in the heart of the heart of Old Québec, on the former site of an old defensive structure called the Royal Redoubt, which served as a military barracks and then a prison before being demolished to make way for the current building.
The college was founded on the initiative of Scotsman Dr. Joseph Morrin, a former mayor and prominent Québec City doctor. It was also a pioneer in women’s education, awarding the first Bachelor of Arts to a local woman in 1889.
In 1868, the building also became the home of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, Canada’s first learned society. In the course of its long history, the Society has had the good fortune to host such illustrious figures as Charles Dickens and Emmelyne Pankhurst.
Morrin College closed at the turn of the 20th century. The building now houses the Morrin Centre, reflecting four major periods of Québec City history and bearing witness to the French- and English-language communities that contributed to its heritage and made it what it is today.