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

The Founders' Gallery

April 9 - August 25, 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 25,2017 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.

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