MoCo Alumni Club
As an integral part of its permanent exhibition MOCO : The Fabric of a Town, the MUSO is actively searching for former employees of the Montreal Cotton Company and Dominion Textile, to invite them to join its “MOCO Alumni Club”.
As a museum of history, art, and culture, the MUSO’s mandate is to create a sense of local, regional, and national pride, especially regarding our industrial heritage. The MUSO aims to promote, educate, and popularise subject matter with cultural, historic, and artistic interest. It undertakes the conservation and management of collections pertaining to local history, and plays an active role in the development of our milieu, especially in museum-related projects of social interest.
The MOCO Alumni Club
In 2014 the museum has inaugurated its very first permanent exhibition, MOCO: The Fabric of a Town, which tells the story of a gigantic textile factory, the Montreal Cotton Company (later Dominion Textile), in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield at the end of the 1800s, and how it impacted on the lives and culture of the local town folk and its region during that period.
Thanks to contributions from the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) du Haut-Saint-Laurent, the MUSO has been working hard at re-establishing a sense of community once shared by former workers of the Montreal Cotton Company. The project aims to offer cultural events to its members, based on the sharing of memories reflecting their heritage, and recall with pride a chapter of our local history that has scarcely received the attention it deserves.
Benefits for its members
Not only are members invited to participate in a variety of cultural activities relating to their former jobs at the cotton factory, they also benefit from a membership card which provides them with free access to the museum, its exhibitions and activities at all times. They are also invited to take part in the museums permanent exhibition as ambassadors of the Montreal Cotton Company, so they can meet with visitors and share with them their experiences as textile workers in one of the biggest cotton industries Canada has known to this day. A very interesting way to bring to life to this major exhibition, and to allow younger generations to discover the working and living conditions that their ancestor have gone through.
Since its creation in the summer of 2014, the MOCO Alumni Club now boasts more than 120 active members and keeps on growing every day. Now that it is well established locally, the MUSO would like to expand the club and attempt to reach former cotton workers that no longer live in the area. Some may have moved on to work in other textile plants still active at that time, in places such as Montreal, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Magog, Trois-Rivières, Shawinigan and Montmorency. The museum needs the public’s support to help find surviving workers and their families by sharing this information with their friends, family, colleagues or members of an association they may be part of, in order to reach as many people as possible.