Mu­seum hon­ours war history

Har­bour Grace in­vites lo­cal Le­gions to share WWI tales

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

The Conception Bay Mu­seum is tak­ing an in-per­son ap­proach to shar­ing First World War sto­ries.

On Aug. 1, the re­gional mu­seum in Har­bour Grace will open its doors to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from five lo­cal Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branches and the gen­eral public. Le­gion mem­bers will dis­play war mem­o­ra­bilia and share sto­ries from the First World War in­volv­ing peo­ple from their com­mu­ni­ties.

The ini­tia­tive is part of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s Hon­our 100 pro­ject to com­mem­o­rate New­found­land and Labrador’s con­tri­bu­tion to what’s of­ten re­ferred to as the Great War.

“It’s kind of a unique and, we hope, mean­ing­ful way of com­mem­o­rat­ing World War I,” said Pat Collins, chair of the mu­seum’s board of di­rec­tors.

The show-and-tell event will run from 12-4 p.m. Le­gions from Car­bon­ear, Har­bour Grace, Up­per Is­land Cove, Spa­niard’s Bay and Bri­gus will be rep­re­sented at the mu­seum.

“They’ll be on the grounds, each with their own lit­tle pav­il­ion,” ex­plained Collins, adding that visi­tors are en­cour­aged to chat with the le­gion mem­bers.

Re­fresh­ments will be served, and the en­tire mu­seum will be open for view­ing. A food item linked to the war called trench cake will also be served. The cakes were hardy and could with­stand the lengthy voy­age over­seas.

“Some United Church women have agreed to make those cakes, and they’ll be given out to peo­ple who at­tend that day,” said Collins, who ex­pects 100 cakes will be baked. “They look like lit­tle muffins, and they’re made with a spe­cial kind of seeded raisin.”

A vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion will be set up on the first floor of the mu­seum dis­play­ing im­ages of lo­cal vet­er­ans from the First World War. In ad­di­tion to Le­gion mem­bers, Collins hopes oth­ers with an in­ter­est in dis­play­ing their own First World War re­lated items might be will­ing to do so. A ta­ble will be on hand for folks who want to share their mem­o­ra­bilia with the gen­eral public for an af­ter­noon.

A short act of re­mem­brance will take place at 2 p.m., dur­ing which a minute of si­lence will be ob­served to hon­our those who took part in a war that had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on fam­i­lies through­out the province, many of whom lost loved ones over­seas.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

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