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Alberta Provincial Archives Exhibit tells Alberta First World War Stories

Canadian soldiers going "over the top" is one of many photos featured in the exhibit
Canadian soldiers going “over the top” is one of many photos featured in the exhibit

Visitors to the Provincial Archives of Alberta can enjoy a free exhibit of vintage artifacts and print pieces that document Albertans’ experience throughout the Great War.

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the First World War, the Provincial Archives has produced Alberta & the Great War, an exhibit dedicated to how the war affected Albertans on all fronts. Historical memorabilia such as photographs, letters and newspapers transports the visitor to the Great War era.

The archival records were curated mainly from the Provincial Archives’ existing holdings and the artifacts were borrowed from the Royal Alberta Museum’s collection. The exhibit features local stories and speaks of the conditions and circumstances Albertans experienced during the war years.

“This exhibit is remarkable. It tells the story of Albertans’ struggles and triumphs of war. The exhibit also demonstrates the extensive resource collection of the Provincial Archives. What a fitting tribute as we recognize the 100th anniversary of WWI.”

~ Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture

Alberta & the Great War is presented in five parts: The Western Front, Women in the War, The Home Front, Opposition and Oppression, and The Aftermath. These sections paint a vivid image of Alberta society from 1914 to beyond the end of the war.

The exhibit is on display at the Provincial Archives of Alberta for one year – until Aug. 29, 2015 – and will subsequently be on tour around the province.

The Provincial Archives of Alberta houses private and government records of provincial significance. Documents are available to the public for research and viewing purposes.

Alberta & the Great War can be viewed for free at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Tuesday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday until 9 p.m.

For more information, visit culture.alberta.ca, or call 780-427-1750 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

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