Beginning November 6, 2010, the Huronia Museum will be premiering its newest special exhibit, Bringing the Valour Home: 200 Years of Military Service in Huronia, a special display of recently acquired medals of local military personnel donated to or purchased by the museum over the past five years. It will also include borrowed medal collections from local collectors.
Items on display include:
- period local newspaper accounts of the Battles of Trafalga and Waterloo (1814, 1815)
- Battle of Waterloo Medal 1815
- Crimean War Medals and materials
- other Victorian period service medals and materials
- Boer War medals , papers and phtos
- World War One Christmas Card from the trenches in 1915
- a piece of fabric from the outer covering of a German aircraft shot down in France in World War One
- Military Cross awarded to Kevin Drummond in World War One, third highest award for valour in the British Empire
- medals, photos and other materials from World War Two and the Korean War
The museum will be open, free of charge, from 2:00 to 4:00 on November 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held at 2:30.
Frank Graham and Bill Smith, two of the four original veterans who began work on preparing this exhibit will participate in the ribbon cutting.
Veterans will be admitted free of charge at any time over the next three months to the exhibit and the museum.
Bringing the Valour Home: 200 Years of Military Service in Huronia will be on display at the Huronia Museum until February 6, 2010.
Special thanks to those who donated to this project:
- Daniel Archer
- Ross Buzek
- Elcan Optical Technologies
- Andrew Fraser
- W.J. Gibson
- Julianne and Paul Greenall
- Huronia Lodge #348
- Anne Marie Lau
- Bryan MacKell
- Joyce MacRae
- A. Russell Moseley
- Dean Nicholls
- Rotary Club of Midland
- Peter and Doris Shiriff
- Tom Smith
- William J.S. Smith
- and others who wished to remain anonymous.