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Inside the Shmata Factory

Inside the Shmata Factory
Cultural & Theme Tours > Cultural Tours > Cultural Tour
$18.85
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs
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Description

Explore the hidden history of the Vineberg Building, built in 1912 by a Jewish garment manufacturer, and now home to the Museum of Jewish Montreal. The Vineberg building helped to draw the garment – or shmata in Yiddish– industry northwards up St. Laurent Boulevard, along with thousands of Jewish immigrants looking for work. On this tour, visitors will learn about a historical moment of rapid industrialization and massive immigration in the early twentieth century. Learning the details of the production process, and listening to workers' stories, discover the choices of Jewish, French Canadian, and other immigrant workers in this factory and on the picket line outside.

Follow your guide through the excitement of 1912 in Montreal - from out on the street of Montreal’s vibrant plateau neighbourhood to inside a former garment factory - the Vineberg building on the corner of Duluth & St-Laurent, and the home to the Museum of Jewish Montreal!

The tour begins in the Museum of Jewish Montreal, and provides an introduction to the Vineberg building and Montreal's Jewish history. A brief stop outside invites you to reimagine St-Laurent in 1912, before discovering a hidden, historical entrance to the Vineberg building. Walk the halls of a former garment factory, examine antique equipment to learn the details of garment production, and discover the traces of its past lives. You'll even have the chance to listen to Montreal garment workers and union organizers describe their experiences in this neighbourhood, and explore their history through a multimedia guided exhibition!

Explore the hidden history of the Vineberg Building, built in 1912 by a Jewish garment manufacturer, and now home to the Museum of Jewish Montreal. The Vineberg building helped to draw the garment – or shmata in Yiddish– industry northwards up St. Laurent Boulevard, along with thousands of Jewish immigrants looking for work. On this tour, visitors will learn about a historical moment of rapid industrialization and massive immigration in the early twentieth century. Learning the details of the production process, and listening to workers' stories, discover the choices of Jewish, French Canadian, and other immigrant workers in this factory and on the picket line outside.