History student Tressa Ford with the Kootenay soldiers binder (Photo Credit: BCTV Kootenays)

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Giving Names to the Faces: First World War Kootenay Soldiers Photograph Project

September 12, 2017
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From BCTV Kootenays News:

Nelson, BC - Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History is delighted to announce the completion of a project that sheds light on many of the local soldiers who served during the First World War.

During the First World War, the Nelson Canadian Club gathered a remarkable collection of around two hundred individual and group photographs of Kootenay area soldiers. In 1985 this collection was donated to Touchstones Nelson.

Nelsonite and Simon Fraser University student, Tressa Ford, has spent much of the summer researching the stories behind these soldiers, including many who sadly did not survive the war. The combination of the photographs of young men volunteering to fight for their country, and the biographic details of horrific injuries and fatalities, is incredibly powerful.

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