Pop-up mu­seum comes to Sim­coe

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His­tory buffs have an op­por­tu­nity to get up-close and per­sonal with au­then­tic First World War ar­ti­facts at the Eva Brook Donly Mu­seum and Archives on Dec. 14.

For one night only, vis­i­tors can hold a Ger­man in­fantry hel­met, blow a trench whis­tle, see in­side a shell round and han­dle the First World War apron of a Cana­dian nurse. As well, vis­i­tors could play a favourite wartime piece of mu­sic on an old phono­graph.

The ex­hibit is be­ing put on by An­drew Ki­cak, a col­lec­tor and the orig­i­na­tor of the First World War Pop-up Mu­seum. The evening be­gins at 7 p.m. and the mu­seum is at 109 Nor­folk St. S. in Sim­coe.

“What bet­ter way is there to con­nect to the past than in a di­rect way by phys­i­cally touch­ing and hold­ing an ar­ti­fact that was han­dled by a sol­dier 100 years ago,” Ki­cak says.

Ki­cak will lead vis­i­tors through a time-ma­chine while ex­plor­ing liv­ing his­tory through his pas­sion and love for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod in Cana­dian his­tory. He en­cour­ages au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and aims to make the evening a lively, en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tion ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one.

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