Port Alberni mayor Mike Ruttan

War exhibit opens at Alberni Valley Museum

"British Columbia's War, 1914-1918," opened its travelling exhibit at the museum on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

ELENA RARDON

ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

The Alberni Valley Museum opened its travelling exhibit, “British Columbia’s War, 1914-1918” last Wednesday, Nov. 9 to a full crowd.

Jamie Morton, the museum’s manager, opened the night by acknowledging First Nations contributions to Canada’s wars. “We need to be inclusive in this,” he said, pointing out that the exhibit tries to include many different kinds of participants in the war.

Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan complimented the work of the ADSS students, which was featured along the display boards as part of the exhibit, noting that he thought it looked like “professional work.” The student work, he said, focuses on Port Alberni’s contributions to the First World War.

“It puts it into perspective in a local sense,” he said.

Morton emphasized the local spin on the exhibit in his closing remarks.

“It’s a world story, it’s a provincial story, but it’s also a local story,” he said.

The exhibit will be at the AV Museum until January 2017.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com