Park House Museum gearing up for upcoming World War I exhibit

 

A sketch of what the "Amherstburg and the Great War" exhibit is planned to look like at the Park House. (Submitted)

A sketch of what the “Amherstburg and the Great War” exhibit is planned to look like at the Park House. (Submitted)

A sketch of what the "Amherstburg and the Great War" exhibit is planned to look like at the Park House. (Submitted)

A sketch of what the “Amherstburg and the Great War” exhibit is planned to look like at the Park House. (Submitted)

Park House Museum gearing up for upcoming World War I exhibit

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Park House Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of World War I with a summer exhibit and curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak is hoping to make it as thorough as possible.

The “Amherstburg and the Great War” exhibit is currently scheduled to run from July 1 through Labour Day and Pouget-Papak said she wants people to get a true idea for how life was like during that war.

“I really want it to be an interactive exhibit so people get a feel for the era,” said Pouget-Papak.

Among the plans are a “recruiting office” for children, a “Hall of Heroes” honouring people from Amherstburg who served as well as units that were formed in the area, an example of a trench as well as an example of a bunker. She also plans to display artifacts, talk about the medical aspect of the war as well as the role of women during the war as part of a “war on the homefront” component.

Playing short films on World War I produced by the National Film Board are also something Pouget-Papak hopes to do.

Pouget-Papak said they are trying to maximize as much space as they can on the upper floor of the Park House for the exhibit. She also credits the Marsh Historical Collection for providing a lot of the information that will be contained in the exhibit.

“I’m really excited about this,” said Pouget-Papak.

The artifacts are being loaned at no cost, she said, but added there are costs for multiple other aspects of the exhibit. She needs items ranging from clear, acrylic sheets to burlap and is hoping for donations of those and other items as well as monetary donations. Her ideal goal is to raise $4,000 to $7,000 with that giving her enough resources to produce the exhibit as she hopes.

The exhibit could continue past Labour Day, depending on whether high school teachers are interested. Pouget-Papak said she is willing to adapt it to meet the high school curriculum.

There is a fundraising dinner May 23 at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 that will see proceeds going towards the exhibit. Tickets are $16 each and available at the Park House and the Legion and includes a chicken dinner, music of the Great War, an exclusive preview of artifacts and a silent auction.

Pouget-Papak is also aiming to start a docent program at the Park House Museum. She is hopeful volunteers of all ages will take part and participate in various activities from giving guided tours to taking part in “behind the scenes” efforts at the museum.

“We’ve put manuals together on information on the house and the specific exhibits we have,” said Pouget-Papak.

For more information on the exhibit, the docent program or the Park House in general, call 519-736-2511, e-mail curator@parkhousemuseum.com or visit the Park House at 214 Dalhousie St.

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