A special exhibit from the Canadian War Museum highlighting the contributions of Canadian women in both world wars is coming to Prince George.
World War Women will run at Exploration Place from June 10 to Sept. 3.
Divided into four thematic zones, World War Women uses artifacts, images, audiovisuals, and archival materials to delve into the personal stories of Canadian women during the world wars.
Visitors will meet women from volunteer organizations, wartime workplaces, and branches of the military, such as Joan Arnoldi and Mary Plummer, who founded the Canadian Field Comforts Commission, Ada Sylvester, who worked at the Canadian Car and Foundry plant in present-day Thunder Bay, and photographer Lorna Stanger of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. The exhibition also includes stories about grieving wives, mothers, and sisters who lost loved ones during the wars.
Together, these stories paint a picture of how women’s lives and social roles were transformed in wartime. Their experiences forged a new understanding of women’s capabilities, both within society and within themselves.
Exploration Place members can get a sneak peek at the exhibition during the members-only opening on Thursday, June 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.