The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is a leader in the collection, conservation, study and dissemination of artifacts and documentation related to the Mississippi Valley and Canada’s industrial textile heritage for over 35 years.
This past year, the Museum was awarded the 2020 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award (Resilient Historic Places) from the National Trust for its benefit to a community over a sustained period of time, with a successful track record of 10 years or more.
Despite ongoing pandemic challenges, The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum displayed continued strength and innovation in continuing to deliver high calibre exhibitions and programming online.
Fibrefest 2020 continued with success online, recruiting artists from across the province.
And as the community grappled with COVID-19, The MVTM collaborated with Ryan Gordon Photography to capture the historic shift through the eyes of everyday people in Mississippi Mills in the exhibition, ’Faces & Fabric of a Small Town During Pandemic’. In a historic win for the community, the inaugural Pride Mississippi Mills Committee and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum championed and fought for the inclusivity of 2SLGBTQIA+ people and June was declared Pride Month by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Council.
We cannot wait for what is to come for our extraordinary organization.
Photo: Mayor Christa Lowry standing in solidarity with the Pride in Mississippi Mills Team, spearheaded by Michael Rikley-Lancaster, MVTM Curator. Photo: © Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 2020.