Les Cent Suisses
Founded in 1897, the Historical Museum of Vevey aims to preserve the heritage of the city and its surroundings (Lavaux). Over the past 120 years, the museum has built up an extensive and exciting collection.
The museum is housed in a 16th-century city castle and combines regional and city history, including two exceptional collections: one is a collection of antique keys, locks and boxes, and the other is the work of Vevey-based painter F.A.L. Dumoulin (1753-1834), who witnessed the Franco-English naval battles in the West Indies during the American War of Independence (1775-1783).
It is no coincidence that the museum also pays attention to the Fête des Vignerons in a separate section (Musée de la Confrérie des Vignerons, www.confreriedesvignerons.ch).
Since the end of the eighteenth century, this festival has been organised once per generation. The Confrérie des Vignerons became the owner of the building in 1986 and has its headquarters on the first floor. Les Cent Suisses, the Hundred Swiss, has been an essential participant since 1819.
The organisation made its appearance at the Fête in that year when the canton of Vaud had only been in existence for 16 years (since 1803) or as the canton of a sovereign Swiss nation since 1815.
However, this year (2019) was the first time that women, together with Les Cent Suisses, made their appearance at the Fête. Although Les Cent Suisses emphasise the informal character of the occasion and the men-only club of Les Cent Suisses, one million spectators in Vevey and more on television witnessed the successful female contribution.
The museum will add this history to its story. To be continued in 20-25 years. (More information: www.museehistoriquevevey.ch).