Maison Alphonse-Desjardins Celebrates 25 Years Open to the Public



    Since its official opening on November 5, 1982, Maison
    Alphonse-Desjardins has welcomed 200,000 visitors from more than
    120 countries.

    LEVIS, QC, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 5, Maison
Alphonse-Desjardins will celebrate its 25th anniversary of being open to the
public. In honour of the event, Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins is
recalling the national - and international - importance of the house by
offering everyone visiting the "birthplace of the caisses populaires" in the
next few weeks, the chance to win a collection of works on its history and
heritage.
    Built in 1883, the residence of Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins was
acquired by Desjardins Group in 1938. In 1979, Société historique
Alphonse-Desjardins was granted the mandate to safeguard and showcase the
Desjardins family home which served as the head office of the first savings
and loan cooperative in the Americas. Since its official opening on November
5, 1982, more than 200,000 visitors from over 120 countries have passed
through the doors of Maison Alphonse-Desjardins. Tourists, schoolchildren and
cooperators from all over the world, including Desjardins employees and
officers, have visited the Maison, which is imbued with the history of this
couple who left such a strong mark on their time and who continue to inspire
current generations.
    The historical and heritage value of Maison Alphonse-Desjardins is fully
recognized by the Québec government, which named it a "classified cultural
property'" in 1983 and "recognized museum" in 2000. Alphonse and Dorimène
Desjardins themselves are major historical figures in Québec and Canadian
history today. In fact, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada named
Alphonse Desjardins a "National Historic Person" in 1971 and the foundation of
the Caisse populaire de Lévis a "National Historic Event" in 1984.
    As an object of pride for all Québec and Canadian citizens, Maison
Alphonse-Desjardins also carries considerable meaning for many cooperators
who, inspired by the ideas of Alphonse Desjardins and the caisse populaire
experience - which today dates back more than one hundred years - are working
to build financial cooperative networks around the world.
    The Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins will be highlighting the
museum's 25th anniversary by offering visitors who come between November 5,
2007 and January 20, 2008, the opportunity to win a collection of valuable
works on the history and heritage of Québec, the Lévis region and Desjardins
Group. A random draw for these works will be held on January 23, 2008.

    Maison Alphonse-Desjardins is located in the heart of Lévis' Old City, at
6 Rue du Mont-Marie. Visitors are welcome from Monday to Friday, between
10 a.m. and noon, and between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., as well as on Saturdays
and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Entry is free.




For further information:

For further information: Francine Chevrier, Education and
Communications, Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins, (418) 835-2090, ext.
6404, francine.chevrier@desjardins.com, www.desjardins.com/visitthehouse


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