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First World War exhibition coming to Grand Bank museum

Traces of the First World War - Newfoundland and Labrador begins a three-month run at the Provincial Seamen's Museum in Grand Bank later this month.
Traces of the First World War - Newfoundland and Labrador begins a three-month run at the Provincial Seamen's Museum in Grand Bank later this month.

An exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with The Rooms will be on display at Grand Bank’s Provincial Seamen’s Museum this summer.

Traces of the First World War – Newfoundland and Labrador looks at the impact and legacy of the conflict.

The exhibition wrapped up a six-month viewing at the Ottawa museum in January.

“This exhibition illustrates how profoundly the First World War, and especially the tragedy of war, affected people, communities, politics and culture in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Stephen Quick, director general of the Canadian War Museum, said in a news release from 2016 promoting the display.

“Traces of the First World War – Newfoundland and Labrador reveals how pride, trauma and grief affected people at home and overseas, and how the war still influences ideas, opinions and reflections in so many ways, from literature and the arts to war memorials and family histories.”

The exhibition features a cast of real-life characters who are brought to life through photographs and information taken from various collections, including The Rooms and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University.

They include Leonard Stick, the first person to join the colony’s newly formed Newfoundland Regiment in 1914, and John Shiwak, an Inuk trapper and hunter from Labrador who became the Regiment’s top marksman.

An opening reception, which is open to the public, is being held for the exhibition at the Provincial Seamen’s Museum on June 29, after which it will be on display until Oct. 1.    

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