NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Museums is proud to announce the welcoming of a new traveling exhibit from the Columbus Centre of Toronto; Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences During World War II.
The exhibit will be open to the public on May 9, 2013 until late August at the Niagara Falls History Museum on Ferry Street.
The exhibition expresses the experiences of Italian Canadians during WWII by focusing on the people who lived through it or who were affected by it.
The exhibit conveys the stories, through audio, visual and text, of a cross section of ordinary Italian Canadian men, women and children from communities across Canada.
The personal stories of internees, their families, neighbours and fellow community members form the life like experiences of this exhibition.
Along with the exhibit, there will also be an Italian film series, Il Cinema Italiano, with four films in the lineup and free with Museum admission.
The initial film, starting Sunday May 26 at 1:30 p.m., Rome, Open City / Roma, Citta Aperta stars Anna Magnani, the greatest Italian actress of her time.
This film walks you through the war-torn streets if Rome and is a gripping story of the resistance against the German occupation.
“This exhibit brings a part of Niagara’s history home. Both the exhibition and film series capture a fascinating part of Italian history” states Head Curator, Suzanne Moase. Admissions will remain with free Thursday evenings from 5-9 p.m. and continue to offer a variety of events.
The Niagara Falls Museums are dedicated to preserving the City’s history and surroundings. With a diverse history which includes the War of 1812 and multiple sites, they are able to capture history from many perspectives.
The museums are operated by the municipality and provide educational programs for schools and the public while catering to families, as well. For more information please visit www.niagarafallsmuseums.ca/.
(Submitted by Niagara Falls Museums)