People for the presentation of the book “Les Voies de la Mémoire” by its author

People for the presentation of the book “Les Voies de la Mémoire” by its author
People for the presentation of the book “Les Voies de la Mémoire” by its author

There were people on Friday at the Aubin Mine Museum who came to obtain the work “Les Voies de la Mémoire” presented by its author Francis Mazars.

As he explained, “this book tells the history of the Aubin-Decazeville Basin, through the names of its streets. It took me several years of research, and gave me a lot of pleasure in taking this walk in the pass”.

A book that covers some 2,000 years of history and is a “mine” of information. Even today, certain so-called places in our territory refer to the past. La Treille, Fromentel or Fromental, Castille, Estaques, Auffets… All have a relationship with agricultural activity or the topography of these places.

“The names are there, at every street corner, real memorial markers of the evolution of our Basin, before, during and after its mining epic. Between site, places and streets, there are nearly 600 listed. This is why I have classified them by theme, 10 in total The paths of nature, the paths of the industrial revolution, the paths of industrial heritage, the paths of castles, the paths of the Republic and Socialism, the paths of weapons. and resistance, the paths of Religion, the paths of sport, the paths of culture and finally the paths of the Future Each of them is full of anecdotes, sometimes surprising but which highlight that in different aspects. , local history has been invited into the greater History, as well as certain characters, politicians, writers, artists and others, have contributed to making our region known.”

We find all this by turning the 293 pages of this book which shows the attachment of its author to the territory of the Aubin-Decazeville Basin. “I dedicate it to my father who made me love our Basin, to my wife, who learned to know it, to my daughters and granddaughters, so that they do not forget their roots.”

This book, a veritable mine of information on our territory, can be obtained from the Mining Museum, the Aubin and La Treille newsagents and the Decazeville press center. The profits will be donated to the museum, of which Francis Mazars chairs the association “Les Amis du Musée de la Mine”.

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