“Catastrophe ! Êtes-vous prêts ?”, the summer exhibition at the Sutton Museum of Communications and History

For the 2024 summer exhibition, “Catastrophe ! Êtes-vous prêts ?” the Sutton Museum of Communications and History (SMCH)was inspired by the climate disruptions we’ve been experiencing in recent years, which are becoming more frequent and on a larger scale.

From June 15 to October 14, 2024

Whether we like it or not, whether we think their origin is natural or manmade, the fact remains the same: we have to be ready to face them and we have to adapt. A prolonged power outage, a heavy snowstorm that isolates communities or a flood that forces the evacuation of homes are all circumstances that disrupt daily life. Sutton has had a front-row seat to this new reality in recent years.

With this summer’s exhibition, the SMCH aims to fulfill its role as a transmitter of knowledge, as well as its social engagement. A number of disasters that have occurred in Sutton since the 19th century will be presented, including the major fire of 1898. You’ll discover how citizens worked together to control and extinguish the fire.

Then, the “Catastrophe ! Êtes-vous prêts ?” exhibition will provide visitors with information on how to prepare for various contingencies:

  • what can I do to better prepare my family for such disasters?
  • what should a 72-hour emergency kit contain?

The second goal of this exhibition is to enable people to learn more about emergency measures. How are they implemented? Who does what during similar episodes? What are the responsibilities of the municipality, the Public Safety Department and residents?

Stay tuned! The SMCH will be holding activities in the community.

The Museum will open its doors free of charge on Sundays, July 7, August 4, September 1 and October 6, 2024.

Admire the Town of Sutton’s first fire trucks, which will make two trips to the Espace Légion (2 Curley Street in Sutton):

  • starting at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, on the occasion of Canada Day, organized by the Sutton Royal Canadian Legion.
  • starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at the Sutton Saturday Market.

If you would like to support the Sutton Museum of Communications and History, there are three ways to do so:

1. Make a donation

For 40 years now, the Museum has had the privilege of sharing the towns’s and region’s cultural heritage with the community.

Your donations, no matter what the amount, will have a direct impact on their ability to :

  • preserve and enhance their collection of artifacts;
  • develop a new thematic exhibition for the whole family each summer;
  • offer quality tours and events, year after year;
  • ensure the Museum’s longevity and impeccable maintenance, etc.

The museum has chosen the Quebec-based Zeffy platform, dedicated to non-profit organizations, to collect your generous donations.

Please complete the form available here to receive a receipt by e-mail.

By making a donation to Museum, you are honouring the past and investing in the future of the Brome-Missisquoi region.

2. Become a volunteer

Every year, the Museum welcomes up to 4,000 visitors to discover its new thematic exhibitions, permanent collection and events. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to play an essential role in the smooth running of the Museum and help make the visitor experience unforgettable. Whether you’re passionate about history, enjoy contact with the public or prefer working with the collection, there’s sure to be a volunteer assignment for you at the Museum!

To apply, please send an e-mail to: [email protected]

3. Become a member of the institution

Becoming a member of the Museum not only allows you to support a local cultural organization in carrying out its mission, it also offers a number of advantages:

  • voting rights at the Annual General Meeting;
  • free admission to the Museum during opening hours;
  • 5 discount on all activities organized by the Museum (concerts, lectures, film screenings, workshops, etc.);
  • invitations to press conferences, opening and closing ceremonies.

For more info, call (579) 534-8222 or write to [email protected]

Sutton Museum of Communications and History
32, Principale Street South, Sutton
Rate: $7 for adults and free for children 17 and under.
Groups of 12 or more: $5 per person.
Dates and opening hours:
June 16 to September 2: Monday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
September 7 to October 14: Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Visit the Museum’s website at https://www.museedesutton.com/