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War Stories 1917

Sunday, April 9, 2017 to Sunday, August 27, 2017

War Stories 1917 focuses on the individuals who fought, died in, and contributed to the pivotal battles of 1917—Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele. The stories of these individuals are primarily told through artifacts used by or connected to these individuals, but to help bring these stories alive, contemporary artists, Jason Baerg, Dianne Bos, and Adrian Stimson present the battles of 1917 through their artistic practices. Jason Baerg illuminates the service of First World War veteran Mike Mountain Horse with a contemporary interpretation of Indigenous story telling and indigenous record keeping. Dianne Bos uses pin-hole photography to capture the 1917 battle fields as they appear today. Adrian Stimson has spent time researching Indigenous participation in the First World War in the Military Museum’s archive and has created a series of performances based on this research that will unfold over the course of the exhibition. War Stories 1917 brings 100 year old stories alive through the eyes and lenses of contemporary artists.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Exhibition Events: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Come to the Founders' Gallery at Military Museums to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge and celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition, War Stories 1917.

Half price admission and events all day.

Events include a performance to honour Indigenous service in the First World War, behind the scenes tours, art activities, documentary screenings, and more.

Full Schedule HERE


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:45am to Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9:30pm


a durational performance by Adrian Stimson

Date: Tuesday, May 23 - Saturday, May 27

Time: Sunrise to Sunset

Location: 50° 50' 3" N 113° 4' 22" W

In researching the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Stimson was struck by trench warfare—the complexity of trench systems created, life and death within them, their visceral nature and physicality. For five days Stimson will dig his own trench in the shape of Blackfoot war symbols. He will dig from sunrise to sunset using First World War manuals as his guide. Stimson will dig this trench on the Siksika Nation, close to his family home at 50° 50' 3" N 113° 4' 22" W; 880 elevation.

Daily Dig Times:

Tuesday 23 - 5:35am to 9:31pm
Wednesday 24 - 5:34am to 9:32pm
Thursday 25 - 5:33am to 9:34pm
Friday 26 - 5:32am to 9:35pm
Saturday 27- 5:31am to 9:36pm

This performance is in conjunction with the exhibition War Stories 1917 on display in the Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums, Calgary until August 27, 2017.


All are invited to visit, watch, or participate.


Please contact for more information.

Driving instructions from Calgary to the dig site HERE



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