Museum honours war history
Harbour Grace invites local Legions to share WWI tales
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.