Museum receives loan of Vimy Ridge trench art

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The Musée Morinville Museum have a small collection of trench art from the First World War on display during Veterans’ Week.

Trench art are decorative art pieces made by soldiers and prisoners of war that link directly to armed conflicts and their outcomes.

The two pieces on display include an ashtray made from a shell casing, and a small letter opener knife made from the same with a rifle casing for a handle.

The pieces were loaned to the museum by Morinville residents Sharon and Bob Kinaham, who previously donated some vintage newspapers from overseas.

“It was her grandfathers,” said Museum Attendant Donna Garrett, noting Kinaham’s grandfather, David Howrie, made the art at Vimy in 1917.

The museum will be open Wednesday and Thursday from noon until 5 p.m. and from noon until 3 p.m. on Remembrance Day. The museum is also open Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. The Musée Morinville Museum is located in the former convent building at the back of St. Jean Baptiste Park.

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