Canadian War Museum 1812 experience expands to include new online and travelling exhibitions
OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ – The Canadian War Museum will soon reach
more people than ever with its popular exhibition 1812. The four perspectives in the current exhibition in Ottawa will soon be
available via a virtual exhibition that launches today and a 140 square
metre version that will travel to venues across Canada after 1812 closes January 6, 2013.
“We are delighted that anyone across Canada and around the world can now
enjoy this fascinating and thought-provoking portrait of the War of
1812,” said James Whitham, Director General of the Canadian War Museum.
“By learning about the motivations, aspirations and experiences of the
four main participants, museum-goers as well as online visitors gain a
richer, deeper understanding of this historical conflict that helped
shape Canada as a nation.”
Supported by National Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group and National
Supporting Sponsor Ancestry.ca, the original, award-winning exhibition
at the Canadian War Museum has already been seen by more than 103,000
“As the National Presenting Sponsor of 1812, TD is proud to join with the Canadian War Museum to help ensure that
the story of this founding battle is shared with communities across
Canada.” said John See, Executive Vice President, Wealth Management, TD
The smaller travelling version of 1812 is now fully booked until May 2015 at venues in Ontario, New Brunswick,
Manitoba. Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. It will
engage visitors with close to 30 artifacts; high-realism mannequins, ship and battlefield
models, portrait images, landscapes, battle scenes and maps
representing different perspectives on the war.
In addition, a 40 square metre text-and-image only version of the
exhibition is currently touring various venues in Canada and the United
States. It has already been presented at the Canadian Embassy in
Washington, D.C., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
Harvard University in Boston, the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum &
Archives in Penetanguishene, Ontario and at various national historic
sites across the province of Quebec.
The 1812 virtual exhibition, like the physical version, presents the War of 1812
from four distinct perspectives–American, British, Canadian (including
Canadian First Peoples), and Native American. The conflict had
surprisingly different meanings and consequences for its participants.
By contrasting these points of view, the exhibition offers a nuanced
perspective of this pivotal period in Canadian history.
Illustrated with dramatic images, works of art and artifacts, the
virtual exhibition goes further in developing the concept of historical
perspectives by inviting site visitors to share their own views through
surveys and interactive modules. The experience will enhance their
understanding and enrich their point of view on history at large.
The virtual exhibition can be found at warmuseum.ca/war-of-1812.
A complete list of all the upcoming locations and dates for the
travelling exhibitions is provided in the attached backgrounder.
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.
BACKGROUNDER: TRAVELLING EXHIBITION DATES FOR THE
___________________________________________________________________ | 1812 (140 square metre version, includes 30 artifacts) | |___________________________________________________________________| |Dates |Museum | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |April 6 - August 18, 2013 |St. Catharines Museum | | |St. Catharines, ON | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |September 7 - December 1, 2013 |New Brunswick Museum | | |Saint John, NB | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |December 21, 2013 - March 16, 2014 |Chatham-Kent Museum | | |Chatham, ON | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |April 5 - June 29, 2014 |Royal Canadian Artillery Museum| | |Shilo, MB | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |July 19 - October 12, 2014 |Maritime Museum of the Atlantic| | |Halifax, NS | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |November 1, 2014 - January 25, 2015|Eptek Art & Culture Centre | | |Summerside, PEI | |___________________________________|_______________________________| |February 14 - May 10, 2015 |Diefenbaker Canada Centre | | |Saskatoon, SK | |___________________________________|_______________________________|
_________________________________________________________________ | 1812 (40 square metre version, text and images only) | |_________________________________________________________________| |Dates |Museum | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |October 6 - December 30, 2012 |Museum on the Boyne | | |Alliston, ON | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |June 1 - August 25, 2013 |Arthur Child Heritage Museum | | |Gananoque, ON | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |September 14 - December 8, 2013|Peterborough Museum and Archives | | |Peterborough, ON | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |January 4 - April 27, 2014 |Grimsby Museum | | |Grimsby, ON | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |May 17 - July 13, 2014 |Fort Wellington National Historic| | |Site | | |Visitor Centre, Parks Canada | | |Prescott, ON | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |August 2 - October 26, 2014 |Vancouver Island Military Museum | | |Nanaimo, BC | |_______________________________|_________________________________| |July 1 - August 30, 2015 |McLeod's Lake Post | | |McLeod, BC | |_______________________________|_________________________________|
SOURCE Canadian War Museum