Montréal, Wednesday September 26th 2012.- From the middle of the 19th century until today, numerous citizens have dedicated a significant part of their lives to community. Come meet the men and women who have marked the social history of Montréal and the Centre-Sud neighbourhood through their engagement. Discover the community-based pioneers, the activists, the donors and the community workers who have contributed to collective betterment. Get to know these inspiring people in the exhibition, Citoyens – Hier, aujourd’hui, demain on display from September 27th 2012 to February 24th 2013 at the Écomusée du fier monde.

Getting involved in one’s community
Illustrations: Jacquie Jeanes
Illustrations: Jacquie Jeanes

From a small gesture to a large-scale action, community involvement takes many forms: speaking out, defending a cause, patronage, life-style, setting up an organization, etc. These actions often seek to fill a gap in domains as varied as health, culture, education, housing, people’s rights and social services. Cover the range of ways in which community engagement has taken place in Montréal throughout the years by exploring the thematic orientations of the exhibition: I help, I give, I contribute, we mobilize, we cooperate, we speak out for, I act. Allow yourself to be inspired by the social actions of our predecessors and contemporaries and make it your turn to become engaged. We can all contribute to the flourishing of our society.

Familiar and unknown faces

Discover the journeys that lie behind the lives of such familiar figures as Marie Gérin-Lajoie, Joseph Alexandre DeSève, Liliane and David M. Stewart or Madeleine Parent. Likewise, learn who’s at the root of organizations that are part of our daily landscape: Sainte-Justine Hospital by Justine Lacoste, Notre-Dame Hospital by Emmanuel Persillier-Lachapelle, the Caisses Desjardins by Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins and the magazine L’Itinéraire by François Thivierge and a group of homeless people. Also get to know people who are less known, though whose contributions are equally essential: Mortimer B. Davis – Montréal philanthropist, Idola Saint-Jean – activist for women’s suffrage, Francine Lefebvre – literacy educator, Michel Gendron – key community actor in housing and culture, Natacha Binsse-Masse – lawyer who worked for the rights of marginalized people, Lucienne Dupré – citizen engaged in her surroundings. The exhibition of course offers only an outline of citizens that have marked our social history. You’re invited to complete the portrait by putting forward the names of people who deserve to be part of it.


This project benefits from the financial support of the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine and of the Ville de Montréal through the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.

The Écomusée du fier monde invites you to travel back to the time of the Industrial Revolution! As a history and community museum, we encourage you to explore the history of labour and reflect on the social issues in the area. The Écomusée is situated in the former Généreux public bath, a magnificent example of 1920s architecture.

Écomusée du fier monde
2050 Amherst Street
Corner Ontario
Berri-UQAM Metro Station

Opening Hours
Wednesday: 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday/Friday: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 am to 5 pm

Admission Fees
Adult: $8
Student/senior/child over 6: $6
Family (2 adults, 3 children): $16

Information: 514 528-8444 |

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Information: Marie-Josée Lemaire-Caplette | 514 528-8444 |
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