Connect with a War Story From Yesteryear
BRAMPTON, ON (Nov. 1, 2010) – Let the Peel Heritage Complex help you make a connection to a war story from yesteryear this Remembrance Day. Learn how war played a role in the development of our families, businesses and community through the Peel Heritage Complex Archives.
Many of the first land grants in Peel were given to Veterans of the War of 1812. Perhaps your family has a connection to the Peel Militia during the 1837 Rebellions, or the Fenian Raids of the 1860s.
“Remembering the present and past generations of men and women who made many sacrifices in the name of peace and freedom is an important part of our archival material,” says Diane Allengame, Acting Manager, Peel Heritage Complex.
Today, many Canadian Forces members of our community are returning home from missions around the world. To accompany your Remembrance Day observations or stories, the Peel Heritage Complex is pleased to offer archival resources and assistance. Visit www.peelheritagecomplex.org (choose the Gallery link under Exhibits to view War Posters and the service cards of the Peel War Records Board) or call 905-791-4055 for assistance.
Artifacts that tell the Peel story continue to be donated. Recently, five medals awarded posthumously to Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot Officer Harold David Thomson of Chinguacousy were accepted into the collection. Officer Thomson was shot down over Germany in late WWII, and medals include the Silver Cross Medal presented to his mother, Louise Augusta Thomson.
One of the new exhibitions that will open the Peel Heritage Complex in 2011 is “We Stand On Guard”– a tribute to the men and women of Peel who have contributed to national war service and peacekeeping efforts. Individuals and their stories from the World Wars, the Korean conflict and current peacekeeping efforts will be highlighted with photographs, personal recollections and artifacts. Working with the Lorne Scots Regiment and members of the community, this exhibition will personalize local, national and worldwide stories of Canada’s proud military history.
The Peel Heritage Complex is making history. A $10 million restoration and construction project commenced in March 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the Region of Peel’s museum, archives and art gallery. The Peel Heritage Complex is temporarily closed until fall 2011 due to construction.
The Peel Heritage Complex collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival documents significant to Peel’s culture and heritage. Operated by the Region of Peel, the Peel Heritage Complex is located at 9 Wellington St., E. in Brampton. Visit www.peelheritagecomplex.org for more information.