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Celebrating the Museums’ Donors

Fall 2014

> A Message from the Vice-President, Development
> Students Get Hands-on Experience of Life in the Trenches
> Celebrating a renewed Morning Star
> Keeping Memories Alive
> Thank You to Our Donors


A Message from the Vice-President, Development

Yves Gadler, Vice-President, Development
Yves Gadler, Vice-President, Development

I joined the Museums with a great sense of excitement and passion for the work we do and how it has an impact not only in the capital region but also across the country.

This is a remarkable time of opportunity for the Museums. With the commemoration of the First World War at the Canadian War Museum and the development of the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History, more Canadians than ever before will learn about us. This helps us tell our story – essentially, that we are where the shared legacy of Canadians is presented and preserved.

It’s been a great pleasure getting to know my colleagues at the Museums, including the hard-working Development team. It’s been a pleasure to work with them on projects such as the First World War Centenary Campaign, which has reached close to 60% of its $3 million target in private sector funding. Thanks to you, our supporters, and to the commitment of our First World War Fundraising Committee, the funds raised have already had a great impact on the Canadian War Museum’s exhibitions and programs. And we are very excited as we gear up our efforts to secure private sector funding for our new Canadian History Hall, which will open in 2017 on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I look forward to sharing more information with you as this project progresses.

Our job in Development is to connect Canadians with the Museums in as many ways as possible. Canadians have told us they want the Museums to reflect Canadian diversity through the presentation of multiple stories and different perspectives. This goal can only be achieved with your generous support.

Finally, I would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors for enriching what we offer inside the Museums, online, and through our many travelling exhibitions and education programs. I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible to personally thank you. Your impact on the Museums over the years has been incalculable, and all of us who work here owe you a debt of gratitude.

Yves Gadler
Vice-President, Development


Students Get Hands-on Experience of Life in the Trenches

A student from Brookfield High School, CWM2014-0057-0001-Dm, Canadian War Museum
A student from Brookfield High School examines the contents of a Supply Line First Word War Discovery Box
© Canadian War Museum, CWM2014-0057-0001-Dm

How do you make a war that began a century ago vivid and visceral to today’s Canadian students? The Canadian War Museum has an answer: You bring history tangibly into the classroom.

The donor-funded Supply Line project has created 25 Discovery Boxes, each of which allows students to interact with authentic and reproduction First World War artifacts such as barbed wire, shrapnel bullets, a trench periscope, brass cartridge cases, a steel helmet and a soldier’s uniform jacket.

“We wanted students to really feel and understand what it was like to be a Canadian soldier in the trenches overseas,” explains Caroline Dromaguet, Manager of Exhibitions, Creative Development and Learning at the Canadian War Museum.

Since September, teachers across Canada have been able to reserve one of the 25 Supply Line First World War Discovery Boxes for a period of two weeks at no cost. The artifacts are supported by curriculum linked lesson plans, detailed backgrounders on each object, artifact labels for creating classroom displays, and photographs showing most of the artifacts in use during the First World War.

An Unforgettable Experience

Supply Line is funded by the Museum’s many loyal donors, including donors to the Operation Veteran program, founded in 2009 by Dr. Paul Kavanagh to honour veterans and raise awareness of their sacrifices. Operation Veteran inspired four Montréal schools – Loyola High School, Sacred Heart School of Montreal, Queen of Angels Academy and Villa Maria – to coordinate a special walkathon, which raised $35,000.

I liked having the opportunity to see, try on and touch these artifacts because it put the idea of the war into perspective and it gave us a way to put ourselves in the soldier’s place”.
– Alice, Centre Wellington District High School

The Iron Harvest

In parts of Europe, First World War artifacts resurface on battlefields in vast quantities every spring as a result of geological movements. In 2013, this “iron harvest” unearthed 160 tonnes of munitions, from bullets to 15-inch naval gun shells, just from the area around Ypres, Belgium.

The barbed wire included in the Supply Line Discovery Boxes was supplied by Stijn Butaye from Belgium whose family farm had been a battlefield. He has opened a small museum of military debris that has come up in his fields.

“Supply Line gives Canadian students their first hands-on experience with First World War artifacts,” says Caroline Dromaguet. “With no living First World War veterans, Supply Line keeps their memories alive.”

If you’d like to donate to help sustain and expand Supply Line, please contact the Development Branch at 1-800-256-6031, or make an online donation by selecting Operation Veteran at warmuseum.ca/donate.


Celebrating a renewed Morning Star

Alex Janvier, Photo Patrick Woodbury, LeDroit
Alex Janvier, artist and Morning Star
Photo Patrick Woodbury, LeDroit

Dr. Ralph and Roslyn Halbert, IMG2014-0138-0015-Dm, Canadian Museum of History
Dr. Ralph and Roslyn Halbert, patrons
© Canadian Museum of History, IMG2014-0138-0015-Dm

Canadian Museum of History experts have comprehensively restored Morning Star, the celebrated 420-square metre mural on the domed ceiling of the River Salon staircase in the Grand Hall. Seven stories up, Morning Star, or Gambeh Then’ in the Dene language, is beautifully set off by banks of windows facing the Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa River.

The renewal also included the creation of an interpretive Morning Star platform (historymuseum.ca/morningstar) featuring multimedia content that enriches the visitor experience.

On September 16, to mark the completion of the Morning Star renewal project, Museum President and Chief Executive Officer Mark O’Neill hosted a special ceremony to honour its creator, Dene artist Alex Janvier, and to thank its patrons for the past twenty years, Dr. Ralph Halbert and his wife Roslyn. In attendance were family and friends, including the Museum’s architect, Douglas Cardinal.

“It was one of the best decisions I ever made,” Dr. Halbert said about funding Morning Star. “It is an astonishing, powerful tribute to the country and its roots from an aboriginal perspective, and its relevance has only grown since its unveiling in 1993.”

Alex Janvier thanked Dr. Halbert and Mrs. Halbert for having the continuous vision to support a Native artwork. “Years ago Douglas Cardinal and I sat together in Edmonton and had dinner and we decided to change the world, or at least art and architecture,” he said. “And now things have started to change. Finally some native artists are widely recognized.”

“Canada has offered endless opportunities to me, to Roz and to our family,” added Dr. Halbert. “This project is our thankful response to our country and our fellow citizens.”

If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jean-Charles d’Amours, Development at 819-776-8272.


Keeping Memories Alive

Private Hubert Maurice Bolam, CWM 20130228-039, Canadian War Museum
Private Hubert Maurice Bolam
George Metcalf Archival Collection
© Canadian War Museum, CWM 20130228-039

Medal set belonging to Private Hubert Maurice Bolam, CWM 20130228-001, Canadian War Museum
Medal set belonging to Private Hubert Maurice Bolam
Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals
© Canadian War Museum, CWM 20130228-001

Two gleaming First World War medals. A photograph of a young soldier in uniform. A Canadian Expeditionary Force death certificate for Private Hubert Maurice Bolam.

These evocative artifacts make tangible the story of a young man from Kamloops, British Columbia who in 1915 lied about his age (he was sixteen) to enlist in the 172nd Battalion, also known as the Rocky Mountain Rangers. After training, Hubert Bolam sailed in October 1916 to England, where his actual age was discovered. He was transferred to a non-combatant Young Soldiers battalion until he turned 19, the minimum age for combat. A month later, in September 1918, he finally reached France and fought in the Battle of the Canal du Nord. Within days, Hubert was killed in action.

Hubert is just one of more than a thousand soldiers, nurses and other Canadian First World War participants whose medals are in the collection of the Canadian War Museum. By 2017, all of those medals, along with biographies of each recipient and any other War Museum artifacts linked to them, will be viewable online. The project’s main supporter is the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

“Instead of keeping our First World War medals locked away in vaults, we want to share them, and the stories of their recipients, with all Canadians,” explains Tony Glen, Director of Collections at the Canadian War Museum.

Many Hands Involved

As well as providing funding, the Friends of the Canadian War Museum will research the lives of medal recipients across the country. Visitors to the project website will be able to search by medal recipient’s name or regiment, by the type of medal, and by city, town and geographic regions.

“We believe that the stories of the men and women who were awarded First World War medals will resonate with Canadians,” says Brigadier-General (Retired) Linda Colwell, a Friends volunteer. “This project is a great way to have them live on.”

If you’d like to make a donation to support this project, please contact the Development Branch at 1-800-256-6031 or make an online donation by selecting First World War Centenary at warmuseum.ca/donate.


Thank You to Our Donors

1867 – Rebellion and Confederation

National Presenting Sponsor and Official Partner
of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation

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First World War Centenary

Official Partners
Logo - TD
Logo - Friends of the Canadian War Museum
Logo - VisitFlanders

John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family
H.Col (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and
H.Col Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D., R.N., LL.D.
R. Howard Webster Foundation

Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory.

National Presenting Sponsor

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National Supporting Partners

E. W. Bickle Foundation
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Belgium
William and Judith Wilder


National Presenting Sponsor
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National Supporting Sponsor

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We thank the following donors who have made a gift of $10,000
or more since May 1, 2014.

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association
J. P. Bickell Foundation
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family
H.Col (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and
H.Col Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D.
Stewart Ford
Ralph and Roslyn Halbert Foundation
RBC Foundation
John N. and Heather Harbinson
Ralph and Diana Hennessy
R. Howard Webster Foundation

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