Chilliwack Museum marks 100th anniversary of First World War

The latest exhibit at the Chilliwack Museum honours those from Chilliwack whose lives were changed forever by the First World War

The Charles Woodworth family

The Chilliwack Museum and Archives is pleased to announce the opening of its newest annual exhibit, Chilliwack’s Great War: At Home and Overseas, on August 4th, 2014. The exhibit honours the memory of those from Chilliwack whose lives were impacted and changed forever by the First World War – a war referred to at the time as the “Great War”, and as the “War to end all wars”. The exhibit highlights the contributions and sacrifices made by the community of Chilliwack in support of Canada’s military commitment overseas, and reflects upon the different ways those who served in the war continue to be remembered, both at home and abroad.

An Opening Reception will be held on Monday, August 4th from 12:00 – 4:00 at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives at 45820 Spadina Avenue, and all are welcome to attend. Admission to the exhibit will be free on opening day. The opening date was selected in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Great Britain and the British Empire – automatically including Canada – entering the First World War on August 4th, 1914. The war involved over 100 countries and was fought on the ground throughout most of Europe, and in parts of Asia and Africa. The four years of battle from 1914 until 1918 were the deadliest that the world had ever seen.

The exhibit will showcase artifacts, archival documents, and photographs from the period, including personal letters to and from the trenches, wartime artifacts, items from local organizations involved in the war effort, and keepsakes of remembrance. One of the artifacts in the exhibit is a Red Cross quilt made in 1918 by the Sardis Red Cross Sewing Circle at the Thornton Family home. The Sardis Red Cross made the quilt to raise money for the war effort by charging 10 cents per signature name, which was then embroidered on the quilt. The completed quilt was then raffled off to the highest bidder.

The exhibit will also include information on local Chilliwack soldiers who lost their lives during the War – many of whose names are remembered locally on the Chilliwack Cenotaph and the Stó:lō Veterans Memorial. Less information has been gathered on those from Chilliwack who returned home from the trenches, and research in this area will be ongoing at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives. It is hoped that the exhibit will help to generate further interest and family discussion regarding the First World War, and that we will collectively be able to add to more our knowledge of the many veterans whose faces may at the moment be unknown to us, and whose stories are yet to be told.

During the exhibit opening the lights will be dimmed in remembrance from 2:00 until 3:00, marking the decisive hour when war was declared in Great Britain at 11:00 pm on August 4th 1914 – 100 years ago.

Just Posted

Evans Road traffic bollards not going anywhere

Chilliwack council turns down school district request for southbound left turns

Opioids, meth, firearms seized at known Chilliwack drug house

Home on Broadway Street raided on Feb. 15 where homicide occurred Jan. 31

GW Graham basketball girls savour Fraser Valley championship

It’s been a long wait for the Grizzlies, who lost the FV title game the last two seasons.

Chilliwack Curling Club holding open house

If you’ve ever wanted to try the sport, the club invites you to take the plunge this weekend.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin says NDP budget will hurt business, punish taxpayers

‘Family-owned businesses will struggle to respond to this’

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Foot found near Victoria belonged to missing Washington man

Coroner says no foul play suspected in death of 79-year-old Stanley Okumoto

Most Read