Special Remembrance Day display at Stratford Perth Museum this weekend

Special Remembrance Day display at Museum this weekend

This weekend, we remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for Canada’s freedom.

You may wonder why the poppy is a symbol of remembrance in Canada, as seen in these various poppies from our collection. In 1915, Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem called “In Flanders Fields” on a small scrap of paper after his fellow soldier’s death. His description of poppies blowing between the rows of fallen soldiers’ crosses has become a part of Canada’s national consciousness after its publication in the same year.

The poppy officially became a symbol of remembrance for the Royal Canadian Legion in 1921, and has been worn close to our hearts each Remembrance period since.

These poppies are on display at the Museum over the weekend for Remembrance Day.

Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit on now

Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit on now

The Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibit will be on display at the Stratford Perth Museum from November 10 through December 10, 2018.

This amazing exhibit presents a powerful sample of Jewish contributions to Canada.
It has travelled for the past two years across Canada, to universities, museums, city halls and community centres. Among the nine different subject areas highlighted in the exhibit are the History of Jewish Migration, Arts and Culture, Business, Architects and City Builders, Sports Figures, and Human Rights Development.

Jews have lived in Canada for nearly 250 years. Their numbers were few at first, but grew with immigration. Their entry was not easy. Canada until the 1960s had professional, educational and immigration barriers and prejudices targeting Jews.

Today things have changed. Now nearly 400,000 Jewish people live in all Provinces and Territories in Canada, and contribute to the diverse cultural communities that thrive within Canada’s mosaic.
“Like every ethnic group of Canadians, we feel blessed to live in peace with our neighbours, learning from the past and building a better future for all” is a statement on the Canadian Jewish Experience website.

Given the recent tragic shooting in Pittsburgh the museum is paying tribute to the people who lost their lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27. They all played a valuable role in their community.
For more about this exhibit visit the Candian Jewish Experience website at www.cje2017.com

In the photo, Cecil Hart, white shirt, centre back row, was a direct descendant of Aaron Hart who was Canada’s first Jewish settler. Cecil coached the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1930 and again in 1931. He was fired in 1932 but in 1936 new team owner Ernest Savard brought him back. Hart made reacquiring Mitchell native Howie Morenz from the New York Rangers a condition of his hiring and this team picture shows the re-acquired Morenz in the front row. The Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s most valuable player, is named after Cecil Hart.

The Canadian Jewish Experience at the Stratford Perth Museum explores the contributions Jewish
people have made to every segment of Canadian society, including athletics.