Canada Heritage War of 1812 Commemorative Fund which was founded to help communities create awareness about the war which was an important conflict in history. As the museum will only The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre puts a lot of work into making sure that the city of St. Catharines can learn about the surrounding area’s history through various events and exhibitions. As a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the museum has included a lot of coverage of this important time in history through exhibitions and events and are continuing to do so through September. Also coming this month is an exhibit acknowledging the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The museum hosted a series of Guided Spirit Walks over the course of two weekends earlier in September at the Victoria Lawn Cemetery. Being one of St. Catharines oldest cemetery grounds, in order to commemorate the War of 1812, the museum focused the tours on the war and some of the people who were involved that are buried on the grounds. The tours were successful and people were able to learn the history surrounding local people who had been involved in the war. Now the museum will be hosting one more exhibition focusing on the war of 1812 that those who are interested can check out at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre.
The exhibit “The War of 1812” has been running at the museum since October 2013 and will continue until the end of 2014. This exhibition was organized and put on through a collaboration with Brock University. The government was able to fund Brock University $90,000 through the feature this exhibit until December you should take a look for yourself before it’s gone.
“We are thankful for this funding, which will enable us to partner with the City of St. Catharines to bring to life the rich history of the War of 1812 and its lasting impact on our community,” Brock President, Jack Lightstone said to Canada Heritage when the exhibit first opened. “It is also an opportunity for us to showcase the skills of our talented archivists and researchers, whose work will help to animate this interactive exhibit.
The exhibit includes a variety of historic art and artifacts, interactive exhibits, as well as a number of guides who are educated to teach visitors about the war while making their way through the exhibit.
Beginning Sept. 27, the museum will be opening an exhibit called “Doing Our Bit: WWI from St. Catharines to the Western Front” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
This exhibit will look at the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents who were involved in the war and those who were at home while it was happening. By piecing together old photos with artifact and letters from the war, the St. Catharines Museum hopes to inform its residents on the war and the impact it had on the area. This exhibit will be on display until 2018.
Visit stcatharines.ca for more information on exhibits and events