The Military Museums


The Founders' Gallery 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

CHALK is a performance by Adrian Stimson in response the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. During the First World War, an extensive network of tunnels was dug through the chalk around Vimy Ridge. These tunnels offered shelter for Canadian soldiers, moved them towards the front, and made it possible to bomb underneath German lines.

The chalk tunnels were also artistic medium for those soldiers who lived, worked and fought in their claustrophobic quarters. With 100 bullets carved from chalk, Stimson will create a work directly on the wall of the gallery. The resulting drawing will remain on display with the exhibition War Stories 1917, in the Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums until August 27, 2017.


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War Stories: 1917 :: OPENS April 9th, 2017

The Founders' Gallery 

April 9 - August 27, 2017

A Canadian journey through the most pivotal phase of the Great War. Stories of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele, in the words of those who fought there.

The Military Museums will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and opening a new exhibition entitled War Stories 1917 on Sunday, April 9, 2017. The general public is invited to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge and participate in special events and activities on Vimy which will be held throughout the day, including an indigenous Honour Song performed by Blackfoot elder Clarence Wolfleg.

War Stories: 1917

Personal stories of the battles of 1917 will be on display in The Founder's Gallery from April 9 to August 27,2017 in the new exhibition War Stories 1917. War Stories 1917 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the battles of 1917: Vimy, Hill 70 and Passchendaele. The exhibit tells the story of these battles through the eyes of the men and women who were there.

The exhibit includes John George Pattison's Victoria Cross and a Red Ensign flag flown at Vimy (on loan from the Imperial War Museum in England.) War Stories 1917 connects Canadians to the personal experiences of people like those of Mike Mountain Horse, Major General Sir David Watson and Major Talbot Papineau.

The exhibition marks the first time all seven regimental galleries, the Military Museums Foundation, the University of Calgary's Founder's Gallery and the University of Calgary's Library and Archives at the Military Museums have collaborated on a single, facility-wide exhibition.

Adding another dimension to the displays, the University of Calgary's Founder's Gallery will feature contributions by contemporary artists: Jason Baerg, Dianne Bos, and Adrian Stimson. Their works include artistic portrayals of the battles of 1917 and representation of Indigenous participation in the First World War.

The artifacts in War Stories 1917 come from The Military Museums' own collections, private collections, the Glenbow, the Canadian War Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the Imperial War Museum in England.

Soldiers Stories: 1917

War Stories 1917 will allow Canadians to connect with the personal stories of the men and women who lived and died in those battles and who left an indelible record of their experiences that has helped to shape our understanding of these momentous events in our history. Some of the stories of Canadians who served during these battles are highlighted in this exhibit:

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