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Arts, Culture & Heritage » Kamloops Museum and Archives

Kamloops Museum and Archives Into the Fray

Six brave men will answer the call to an unexpected collision with the 20th Century.

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Please note: From September 16th to 23rd the Archives are closed.

Lectures

ART FROM THE TRENCHES
Soldiers of the Great War crafted beautiful objects from the tools of destruction around them. Stephen Lamb, whose collection is featured at the Canadian War Museum and the Royal British Columbia Museum, is a recognized authority on this unique branch of military memorabilia. Join Mr. Lamb for a discussion on the history of trench art using examples from his own collection. Please pre-register.
October 2 ~ 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Free ~ Course # 231333

CURATOR'S TOUR $4
KMA curator Dennis Oomen takes you on an extensive tour of Into the Fray. The museum’s newest exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War and explores themes of loss and change brought about by the war and the impact this had on Kamloops.
October 18 ~ 1:15 to 2:15 pm Course # 231191
November 8 ~ 1:15 to 2:15 pm Course # 231191

KAMLOOPS and the WARS
This walking tour is guided by author Sylvia Gropp who shares her knowledge of Kamloops’ military involvement in the past. Topics include our bunkers and armory along with insightful anecdotes including the munitions cable car that ran to Mission Flats and various locals who enlisted. Pre-registration is required.
November 2 ~ 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Free ~ Course # 232082

THE GREAT WAR TANK
SPECIAL PRESENTATION by the CANADIAN EDUCATION CENTRE
World War I saw technological advancements in European industrialization that changed the face of war. The capacity to mass produce guns and munitions coupled with improvements to the supply chain strengthened defensive positions that would alter offensive operations. Tactical, operational, and strategic innovators needed to solve the problem of battlefield mobility over impossible terrain, attacking defending forces under heavy fire, and maintain vital communication channels.

Join Rollie Keith, of the Canadian Military Education Centre, for a special presentation on the various innovators, engineers, and their projects that resulted in the origin of the tank and its trials during the Great War.
November 6 ~ 6:03 to 8:00 pm
Free ~ Course # 233283

CANADA’S WAR ART
Canada has one of the greatest collections of WWI art, but how the collection came to be is unknown. Join Dr. Lloyd Bennett of Thompson Rivers University for a fascinating story of the Beaverbrook War Art Collection, an intriguing Kamloops connection, and a controversial program to bring war art to Canadian school children. Please pre-register. November 27 ~ 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Free ~ Course # 231332

1914 - THE BUGLE SOUNDS
SPECIAL PRESENTATION by the OKANAGAN MILITARY MUSEUM
Join Keith Boehmer for a presentation on the recruiting and training of Okanagan soldiers in 1914 and early 1915. Topics include the Canadian Militia Myth, motivations for enlistment, what the men did and where. The 1914 Christmas Truce on the front Lines in Flanders and France is examined and although Canadian troops weren't on the line during this truce, it does highlight the ironic definition of an enemy. Please pre-register.
December 13 ~ 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Free ~ Course # 233782

Activities

for children and families

LET’S FLY AWAY
AGES 3 to 90
Kites have been around for over 2000 years and were used in both WWI & II for enemy observation and signaling. Join the KMA staff to create your very own kite decorated with your creative touch. Make a kite that can soar high in the air and fly away. September 27 ~ 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Free ~ Course # Course # 231333

POPPY WREATH in the LOBBY
Join the KMA to create a wreath in honour of Remembrance Day. Write a special message on your own poppy with a poem, a note of thanks, or draw a small picture remembering fallen soldiers. Write about who your ‘everyday’ hero is and what bravery looks like to you. Then add your poppy to our wreath. November 4 to 8
Free ~ Drop in 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

ANIMALS and the WAR $5
AGES 7 to 12
Did soldiers have pets during the war? How were mascots used during this time? Join our Museum Educator for an enchanting journey on the unique role that animals played during WWI. Create your own mascot or pet using clay and other materials.
November 15 ~ 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Course # 231336

STORY TIME
Listen to stories of the past as staff read stories in honour of Remembrance Day. Afterwards, stay and explore the Children’s Museum.
November 18 ~ 10:00 to 10:30 pm
Free ~ Course # Course # 231198


Contact
Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2E7
ph 250-828-3576
fx 250-828-3760
email museum@kamloops.ca

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