If you are a teacher or student looking for local stories from Huron County for your Remembrance Day lessons or assignments, you can access the Huron County Museum’s collection from home and your classroom through our virtual offerings! These resources speak both to Huron County’s military history and to the home front during the First and Second World Wars.

 

 

Videos

Our War: Home Front

Our War: Nursing Sisters 

Jack McLaren: A Soldier of Song features a presentation and performance from author and musician Jason Wilson, based on the original works of the Dumbells, a Canadian concert party that entertained the troops on the front lines in World War I and featured Jack McLaren (later a resident of Benmiller).

The History of Drag Makeup Tutorial with Lita explains how drag performers improvised wigs, makeup and clothing at the front lines.

A reading of a WWII letter from R.C.A.F Pilot Officer Alan H. Durnin to Mrs. C. Blake of RR 1 Dungannon

Detail of virtual exhibit. Image of message sent from Vimy Ridge by Harold Taylor.

On the Front Lines: Word War One virtual exhibit.

Virtual Exhibits

Part of the museum’s collection of photographs by local photographer J. Gordon Henderson have been digitized. During World War II, he travelled to air training schools in Goderich, Port Albert, and Clinton taking pictures of classes and other base activities. Many airmen came to his studio in Goderich to have their portraits taken to send home to family and friends. The Henderson Collection also includes wedding portraits, candid shots, and correspondence related to WWII air training in Huron County. Access the virtual Henderson collection by clicking here! 

See archival documents from the Huron County Museum’s collection in our Military Gallery virtual exhibits:

On the Front Lines: Word War One

The Home Front: World War One

Prominent artist and Benmiller resident J. W. (Jack) McLaren fought with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in WWI, and entertained troops at Ypres Salient, Vimy Ridge and many other locations on the Western Front with the PPCLI Comedy Company and the 3rd Division Dumbells Comedy Troupe. Find out more about Jack and entertaining at the front through the virtual version of our 2020 Reflections exhibit, which was presented in partnership with the Huron Historical Society.

Newspaper clipping. Clinton Feed Mill advertisement. Image of a cow with slogan "Hitler hates her."

Clipping from Huron County’s digitized newspapers. This ad appeared in the Clinton News-Record in 1942 and 1943.

 

Articles & Short Posts

A Closer Look: The M4A2E8 Sherman Tank

The Huron Jail & the Second World War Part 2: A STRANGE MUTINY ON THE GREAT LAKES

The Huron Jail & the Second World War Part I: THE ‘DEFENCE OF CANADA’ IN HURON COUNTY

Newspaper Man Enlists: Huron County and the First World War in Black & White

The Mystery of the 4th Toe on the Left Foot

Local Girl Leaves for the Front

Love is in the Air

Dogs of Air Training (Part 2) 

Dogs of Air Training (Part 1)

 

Education Programs

The Huron County Museum’s ‘Huron County and the World Wars’ program is recommended for grades 5-10, and is offered as both an in-person and virtual field trip. There is also public outreach available by request with our Huron County home front reminiscence kits. Click here to find out more about our Education Programs. 

Email museum@huroncounty.ca to inquire about booking an in-person or virtual program.

Research Resources

Click to search more than a century of history via Huron County’s digitized newspapers: free, online and keyword searchable. The newspapers provide a wealth of information on local soldiers and nursing sisters, including casualty reports and letters from the front. You’ll also find detailed information about life and work on the home front, including wartime advertising.

Or Click here to search a selection of the museum’s archives and artifacts via our online collection. Relevant artifacts include uniforms, photographs, medals and memorabilia from British Commonwealth Air Training bases in Huron.

Detail from PastPerfect Online database. Image of uniform worn by Nursing Sister Maud Stirling.

Nursing Sister Maud Stirling’s uniform in the Huron County Museum’s searchable online collection.