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Remembering Women on the Homefront

Nov 11th, 2021

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Remembering Women on the Homefront
Remembering Women's Service in the Wars

November 11, 2021 - 1-4 pm

Join us in-person this Remembrance Day for informal tours of the World War Women exhibit, then create a victory quilt patch from collaged paper to take home. Plus, check out our 'Red Deer's World War Women' display (temporarily displayed as part of our permanent history exhibit). 

Attendees age 12+ will be required to provide proof of vaccination, documentation of a medical exemption, or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service in accordance with the Alberta Government’s restriction exemption program. 

The House Soldier

The House Soldier! Dress and seed packets

One way that women at home could help in the war effort was to practice good home economy. The government created ad campaigns, leaflets and booklets informing women how they could help win the war from their homes. Foods, such as wheat, beef and sugar were needed to feed service men and women. Resources such as rubber, wood, metal, gas and nylon were also rationed. Women were encouraged to only buy necessities, and reduce their consumption of these materials, which could include anything from gas for vehicles to rubber hair curlers and pins.

Cookbooks and cards were created using recipes featuring rationed ingredients and multiple ways to use local or easily accessed produce. Booklets demonstrated ways they could recycle clothing to make or repair clothing for them and their children.

These items are part of our Red Deer's World War Women temporary display in our permanent history exhibit, Remarkable Red Deer.

 

About World War Women

red apron-dress, maple leaf and "miss canada" on front

World War Women explores the contributions made by women to Canada’s participation in the First and Second World Wars.

During these periods of extraordinary change and hardship, women served in the military, took on paid and volunteer war work and, in many cases, waited and worried about loved ones in uniform, some of whom they would never see again. This exhibition explores the challenges women faced during two World Wars, examines the choices they made, and highlights objects that tell their stories.

This exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.

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