OTTAWA, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Peace. We negotiate to obtain and protect
it. We organize and demonstrate to call for it. Sometimes, we even
fight to achieve it. Opening tomorrow at the Canadian War Museum, Peace - The Exhibition is the first major Canadian exhibition to explore the rich diversity of
Canadians' choices and actions for peace and how these actions have
been a shaping force in Canada's history.
"This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to experience the stories
of Canadians in diverse and sometimes conflicting roles in pursuit of
peace," said James Whitham, Director General of the Canadian War
Museum. "By learning about Canadians as combatants, peacekeepers,
activists, diplomats, humanitarians and more, visitors will gain
insights into a complex and nuanced subject."
Peace - The Exhibition focuses on twelve historical episodes, from ancient times right up to
the present. These are presented within three broad themes: Organize,
Negotiate and Intervene.
Visitors will encounter more than 300 evocative artifacts, with over
half sourced from the rich national collections of the Canadian War
Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Examples include the
clock retrieved by Setsuko Thurlow from her home in Hiroshima after it
had been bombed. She later relocated to Toronto, and was eventually
awarded the Order of Canada for her lifetime of activism against
nuclear weapons. Or the the iconic blue beret worn by Chief Warrant
Officer H.F. Stevens from Calgary, Alberta, as a member of the first UN
Peacekeeping force, United Nations Emergency Force 1. And a Victoria
Cross medal, the highest military honour for British and Commonwealth
forces, awarded to Canadian stretcher-bearer Private John Francis
Young, for fearlessly assisting wounded men near Dury in France on
September 2, 1918.
The exhibition also encourages visitors to reflect about what peace
means to them, and to share their views within the exhibition and
through social media channels.
Peace - The Exhibition is presented at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa from May 31, 2013 to
January 5, 2014. A wide range of public programming is being offered in
conjunction with the exhibition. For details, please consult the
backgrounder or visit warmuseum.ca. The War Museum wishes to thank Embassy, Canada's foreign policy newspaper, for their media support.
The Canadian War Museum is Canada's national museum of military history.
Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada's military
history in its personal, national, and international dimensions.
Image with caption: "Peace - The Exhibition (CNW Group/Canadian War Museum)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130530_C3717_PHOTO_EN_27313.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian War Museum
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Avra Gibbs Lamey
Communications and Media Relations Officer Canadian War Museum
Telephone: 819 776-8607
Manager, Public Affairs
Canadian War Museum
Telephone: 819 776-8608