The May 2017 edition of the Torch is now available in both hard copy and electronically.
April 9th, 2017: Vimy A Commemoration In Words and Music
The Friends of the Canadian War Museum would like to thank all those involved in making this sold out evening a huge success.
We had over 500 people fill Lebreton Gallery to hear Andrew Ager’s beautiful work, “Unknown Soldier” and commemorate those that fought for Vimy Ridge.
Vimy is a touchstone in Canada’s symbolic landscape. Vimy is a place of pride and sorrow, a symbol of martial might and unity of purpose, and an idea that both haunts and inspires. Vimy is far from home, but when we are there we never feel more Canadian. The Vimy legend is the story of us and its narrative has been woven through the landscape of Canadian identity, culture, and history.
Dr. Tim Cook, C.M., Canadian War Museum
The Friends would like to thank all our Sponsors.
The "Friends Only” 2017 Adopt-A-Book Campaign
After a successful 2016 campaign, Friends are again sponsoring the Adopt-a-Book campaign for 2017.
The titles the MHRC Library wishes to acquire are listed below. Interested Friends are invited to indicate on the form below the title they wish to sponsor, together with a second and third choice. The form should then be forwarded to the Friends office with a cheque.
Alternatively, sponsors may leave the title selection to the Library if their first, second and third choices have already been adopted. They may also simply leave the selection of the title to the Library in the first instance.
The Library will then acquire the books and inscribe the name of the sponsor on a bookplate in each volume.
It is requested that Friends be cognizant of the desire of other Friends to adopt titles, and thus to restrict their initial adoption to no more than one or two titles. If all titles are not taken up, then the remaining titles to be adopted will be published in the next edition of The Torch.
29 January 2017: Awesome Sunday Music
In its continuing series of Awesome Sunday themes, the Friends of the Canadian War Museum hosted an event based on music that attracted an enthusiastic crowd of participants.
Shown below are two pictures of youngsters trying their hand at playing a musical instrument; an image of the very talented OrKidstra entertaining visitors in the main concourse of the Museum; a busy group trying their hand at a variety of music related crafts projects; and finally, the band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards playing a selection of military music for an audience in the LeBreton Gallery.
Attention all book lovers with an interest in military history! You are invited to visit the Friends of the Canadian War Museum “BookRoom” where hundreds of lovingly used titles covering the full spectrum of military subjects are offered for sale at very reasonable prices.
Often referred to as a little-known treasure, the “BookRoom” is a significant fundraiser for the Museum and is staffed by a team of volunteers whose knowledge of the collection is only surpassed by their motivation! The “BookRoom” is open daily between 1100 and 1500 (except Sunday) and is located adjacent to the Museum Research Library - just follow the signs!
For those delivering donations to the FCWM used military Book Room, the CWM now affords courtesy underground parking. Parking vouchers are available through the Book Room staff or the Friends' Office Supervisor.
Awesome Tank Weekend 2016
Do you hear that? I SAID DO YOU HEAR THAT? Yes, one had to shout to be heard over the roar of tank engines this late August weekend.
LeBreton Gallery Catalogue
Experience the LeBreton Gallery and the Canadian War Museum’s superb collection of military technology. Get an up-close view of imposing tanks, artillery and other machines of war, and learn about the military technology used by and against Canadians in times of both peace and conflict.