News from Kamloops

Sept 9, 2014

Kamloops Museum & Archives presents: Into the Fray

Kamloops, B.C. – Kamloops Museum & Archives presents Into the Fray, a new in-house exhibit in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Rangers, from September 18 to December 31, 2014. Into the Fray coincides with the First World War Centenary, exploring this extraordinary moment of unprecedented human sacrifice through the eyes of the Kamloops community and those who experienced the Great War first-hand.

The exhibition Into the Fray recounts the individual lives lost to the Great War, profiling Kamloops soldiers and their harrowing experiences through the daily crush of fighting in the mud and blood, and the community back home left in mourning and remembrance. Featuring First World War artifacts from the Rocky Mountain Rangers, the show also includes rarely seen footage of the Battle of the Somme, a German helmet still covered in mud, and a rare battlefield memorial Cross from Vimy Ridge.

Complementing this exhibit is War Today, a show in the Kamloops Museum & Archives Forum Gallery featuring contemporary photographs of the Rocky Mountain Rangers with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Special thanks to the Rocky Mountain Rangers, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia.

The Museum is hosting several events and programs in conjunction with Into the Fray:

Thursday, September 18th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm
Opening events for Into the Fray
Curator's introductory tour: 4:30 to 5:00 pm
Remarks: 5:15 pm

Thursday, October 2nd, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Lecture Series 1: Art from the Trenches, a free lecture by art collector Stephen Lamb on trench art, crafted objects by soldiers from the battle field.

Sunday, November 2nd, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Free walking tour: Kamloops & the Wars with Sylvia Gropp.

Thursday, November 6th, time TBA
Lecture Series 2: WW1 & Technology, presented by Rollie Keith from the Canadian Military Education Centre.

Thursday, November 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Lecture Series 3: Canada's War Art, presented by Thompson Rivers University Professor Dr. Lloyd.

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Media Contact:
Julia Cyr, Museum Supervisor
Kamloops Museum & Archives

Melissa Baker, Museum Educator
City of Kamloops