67-42-251 | Ribbon of the Society of the Assumption, Waltham, MA
Ribbon of the Society of the Assumption, Waltham, MA
6.5 x 29 cm
Gift of La Société l'Assomption
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
The Societé mutuelle l'Assomption was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts, on September 8, 1903. The main goals of the Society were to unite the Acadian people in their national aspirations and to assist and protect them.
Originally set up as a mutual aid society and later reorganized as an insurance company, the Societé mutuelle l'Assomption played an important role in the Acadian Renaissance. It was involved in several aspects of community life of the Acadians, in particular, education and the organizing of the national conventions. It was also instrumental in the building of the historic site at Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, especially, the erection of both the commemorative statue to Evangeline and the souvenir chapel.
Notre Dame de l'Assomption was named the patron of the Acadians in 1881.
The Societé nationale l'Assomption set up a committee to raise funds for the construction of the souvenir chapel at Grand Pré.
The headquarters of the Societé l'Assomption was transferred to Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1913.
This ribbon was made by Oscar Gagnon of Worcester, Massachusetts.