Culture Summerside is hosting a special exhibit in June created by the Canadian Centre for the Great War, a non-profit heritage organization in Montreal.
Titled “After the War; Coming Home and Fitting in at the End of the War” the exhibit is an ideal conclusion to the work of Culture Summerside during this past spring.
city's project consisted of a Great War lecture series, the production of a radio vignette and the publication of an 88-page booklet, which was completed with the participation of volunteer researchers and creative writers. The launch of the booklet called “From War to Peace” took place at a commemorative event held at Trinity United Church in Summerside on May 26, and complimentary copies are available at the MacNaught History Centre or at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre where the exhibit will be presented for public viewing.
P.E.I. Regiment Museum in Charlottetown has partnered with Cultural Summerside to bring the exhibit to the Maritimes and will be hosting the display of text panels and artifacts in July. Earlier in the year, it was presented in Calgary and Winnipeg and will be travelling to Toronto and Montreal for the autumn months.
The year 1919 was a memorable one in the history of Canada. The majority of the men who had served in the Great War arrived home and influenced changes in society and witnessed the emergence of Canada as a proud and independent nation on the world stage. Many Prince Edward Islanders are descendants of those who answered the call for “King and Country” and are proud of the service of their ancestors.
Residents and visitors are invited to view the display in Summerside in June or in Charlottetown in July as it is an excellent opportunity to learn about the impact of the First World War.