2014 Annual Report
President's Message: LINDA J. COLWELL
Past President Douglas Rowland noted in his 2013-14 Annual Report that we had had a year that was focused on building the foundation and framework for a renewed Friends of the Canadian War Museum. In 2014-15, with that solid foundation, we have continued to move forward as we contributed to the activities of the Canadian War Museum (CWM) and positioned The Friends for an even better future.
The May 2015 edition of the Torch is now available in both hard copy and electronically.
28 June 2015: Awesome Sunday –Awesome Coliseum
On Sunday, 28 June, the Canadian War Museum, supported by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum launched its Awesome Sunday Program of family-events to be held on the last Sunday of every month. Visitors can take part in exciting demonstrations, hands-on activities and take-home crafts. All activities are free with Museum admission. Each month will feature a different theme.The first was Awesome Coliseum. Construction of the Coliseum in Rome took about a decade, with inauguration ceremonies that lasted 100 days. Visitors joined the Museum and Friends in “building” and celebrating the Coliseum. They were able to learn about the ancient Coliseum with a “virtual reality” trip back in time; work alongside others to build a Roman amphitheatre with Mega Bloks®; take a ride in a Roman-style chariot; check out ancient Roman fashions and etch their own Roman-style graffiti to take home.
The large crowd took an active part in the day’s events and by all indications, thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
This video shows the CWM Grizzly being driven by Museum staff during the Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration.
Universal Carrier Mk II
The CWM Universal Carrier Mk II is put through its paces by CWM staff at the recent celebration of the Museum's 10th anniversary of its relocation to the present site.
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.
2014 - 2015 FCWM Restoration Projects
Major projects in recent years have been the restoration of the Portrait Wall in the main concourse of the museum, and the restoration of the World War II Fordson Food Van and of the M1917 6-ton Tank, both of which can be seen in LeBreton Gallery. Most revenues come from annual membership fees, generous donations provided by members, and sale of used military books from our book store.
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!