The Brandon General Museum and Archives is currently hosting a new exhibit that highlights the career of one of Canada’s greatest military commanders, Maj.-Gen. Arthur Currie.
Drawing from sources and materials relevant to his early life in rural Strathroy, Ont., "The Life and Legacy of Sir Arthur Currie" considers the influence of Currie’s youth on his remarkable rise through the ranks from militia gunner before the First World War to become the first Canadian commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Tracing the humble roots of the legendary military man, the travelling exhibit celebrates his achievements and legacy as a source of national pride.
As you learn about the life of Sir Arthur — also known as "Currie the Tactician" because of his effective strategies used in WWI — the exhibit also features Brandon men, women and businesses who gave their services to the war effort.
The exhibit featuresMaj. Joseph McLaren, Brandon’s first war causality; Honorary Col. Ernest C. Whitehead, who later became the publisher of the Brandon Sun; and Brig.- Gen. James Kirkcaldy, the former police chief and alderman, and many more.
The exhibit has also included a tunic worn by soldiers at the time, along with 18-pound artillery shells, helmets and an entrenching shovel that was often used in the war.
"The Life and Legacy of Sir Arthur Currie" comes from the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc, through the support of the Museum Assistance Program.
The Brandon General Museum and Archives, located in the former Manitoba Government Telephone building at 19 Ninth Street, welcomes people to come and learn about the extraordinary life of Sir Arthur Currie and some of Brandon’s involvement during the First World War.
The exhibit will remain in Brandon until July 20.
The Brandon General Museum and Archives is open this summer Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 pm. For further information, contact Mark Veneziano at 204-717-1514 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.