Alberta’s First World War Story

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This momentous event helped shape the modern world as we know it, but it also changed the lives of a generation, the effects of which we still feel today. Almost all of the veterans of the First World War are gone now, but we owe it to them and their families to keep their stories alive and honour their memory, sacrifice and bravery.


The Provincial Archives of Alberta has launched the exhibit Alberta & the Great War to commemorate the centennial of the First World War and to tell the story of Alberta’s role during that period.

Alberta & the Great War offers an insight into Albertans‘ contributions to the war in five exhibits: The Western Front, Women in the War, The Home Front, Opposition and Oppression, and The Aftermath. All materials used for the exhibit were mainly curated from the Provincial Archives’ collections with some artifacts borrowed from the Royal Alberta Museum.

This special exhibit also holds personal items from Albertans who lived through the war, such as family letters. Memorabilia details local tales and experiences in the war. Visitors get a glimpse into what life was like for those living under war conditions.

Alberta & the Great War is on display for the next year and will subsequently be on tour around Alberta.

The Details

When: Until August 2015. The Provincial Archives is open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Where: Provincial Archives of Alberta. 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton.

Admission: Free for all visitors.

Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-427-1750 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

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