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Daly House Museum - Exhibit home-front heroes

‘Every Citizen a Soldier’ features stories on the role of nurses during the Great War, as well as displaying many remembrances from the time, including medals, uniforms, letters written home by soldiers, and trench art.

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‘Every Citizen a Soldier’ features stories on the role of nurses during the Great War, as well as displaying many remembrances from the time, including medals, uniforms, letters written home by soldiers, and trench art. (SUBMITTED)

Ordinary citizens of Brandon who were heroes at home during the First World War are being commemorated in the Daly House Museum’s new exhibit, "Every Citizen a Soldier," on display now until Sept.1.

The exhibit features many remembrances from the time, including medals, uniforms, letters written home by soldiers, and trench art (items made from shell casings, for example).

There are also stories about the internment camp in Brandon, the role of nurses, and the roles of ordinary citizens supporting the enlisted men.

Daly House itself, in fact, was the setting for many teas and meetings when Mrs. G. R. Coldwell offered her home for meetings of the Red Cross Society and for fundraisers.

This coming September marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War, or the Great War.

"Every Citizen a Soldier" was a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson and it certainly applies to the war years 1914-1918.

Many cultural and sporting events were postponed. Men, women, and children scanned the newspapers for updates and sought ways to help out.

"Few people today realize how completely our community was transformed during wartime and how every aspect of life on the Prairies was affected by the war," said Eileen Trott, curator of the Daly House Museum.

Some of the stories of change and surprising facts about life in Brandon are featured in the exhibit. Daly House Museum is located at 122 18th Street in Brandon and is open 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday throughout the summer. The museum offers guided or self-guided tours. There is a modest admission charge, or guests can become members for unlimited visits to the many exhibits throughout the year. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, call 204-727-1722.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 3, 2014

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Is it the Super Moon effect? Or is it coincidence?

I just sent an email to the Daly House Museum only an hour ago. Now I see an article about it in the Brandon Sun. I am surprised the museum still has the paper dolls available in the giftshop that I drew them for them when I lived briefly in Brandon in 1993.

My name is Linda Mullin and I have for many years worked as a commercial artist and fashion illustrator. I have created paper dolls for museums, clothing collections, and for school children as well as for my own enjoyment. I still do; in fact, I belong to the North American Original Paper Doll Artists' Guild (OPDAG). I am now retired and living in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

I like to think the paper dolls have brought enjoyment for all the children who visit the museum and have helped them learn about Mayor Daly and his wife and the history of Brandon.
Regards,
Linda Mullin

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Ordinary citizens of Brandon who were heroes at home during the First World War are being commemorated in the Daly House Museum’s new exhibit, "Every Citizen a Soldier," on display now until Sept.1.

The exhibit features many remembrances from the time, including medals, uniforms, letters written home by soldiers, and trench art (items made from shell casings, for example).

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Ordinary citizens of Brandon who were heroes at home during the First World War are being commemorated in the Daly House Museum’s new exhibit, "Every Citizen a Soldier," on display now until Sept.1.

The exhibit features many remembrances from the time, including medals, uniforms, letters written home by soldiers, and trench art (items made from shell casings, for example).

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