Zoe McCormack

Zoe McCormack

Learn about women on the home front at Fort Rodd Hill

Special glimpse into women in the 1940s and their local war contributions

Take a trip through history and discover some of the many ways women contributed on the home front during the Second World War.

Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff for a special event at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site that will have you stepping back in time to learn more about the contributions they made.

Break out that pair of coveralls and a polka dot headscarf to dress like Rosie the Riveter on the famous “We can do it” propaganda poster, or don your best 1940s style outfit to join in the fun and enter for your chance to win a night in one of the fort’s oTENTik tents.

Learn the history of Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl and what the acronym CWAC means, while trying your hands at some more interactive learning exercises that include mastering the art of Victory roll creation and knitting. A 1942 Willys Jeep will even be on display for pictures.

“National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity to learn more about our diverse history. Hosting events at a historic site is a nice way to recognise specific times in our history,” said Sophie Lauro, Fort Robb Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites promotion officer.

“This year during our annual Historical Timelines event the focus is on the role and contributions of women during World War II which is somewhat unknown part of Canadian history. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites will also be opening a new Women on the Home Front exhibit this spring and this event will give visitors a snapshot of what is yet to come. As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017, events like this one help connect Canadians with national historic sites and learn about our collective history.”

Some special presentations include Victory Roll and Bren Gun Girls: 1940s hairstyles for working women (Friday, June 17 at 2 p.m.); and another on knitting (Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.). For the latter, the first 20 participants receive needles and wool and everyone receives free historic patterns and lots of knitting instruction. There will even be refreshments and draw prizes. New and experienced knitters are welcomed.

While this special event highlights women, it’s not just women that can get in on the fun. Admission is $3.90 for adults, $3.40 for seniors, $1.90 for youth or a special family rate of $9.80. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free.

If you can’t wait to get in on the fun, interesting facts and photos, including historic knitting patterns, are being posted daily on social media until June 17. On Facebook search Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard National Historic Sites. On Twitter, search @FortRoddFisgard. New posts are shared at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on this event and other upcoming events, go to pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill or call 250-478-5849.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com