October 11, 2019 - February 16, 2020

On November 11, 1918, the German Empire surrendered to the Allied forces bringing an end to the fighting on the Western Front. However, for the Canadian soldiers stationed in Europe, the War did not end overnight. Some crossed the Rhine to occupy Germany, others went to fight in Russia, while others waited for demobilisation. The newest exhibition at the Brome County History Society (BCHS), The Long Road Home, explores the journeys, both literal and metaphorical, individuals and communities across Canada had to undergo to ‘come home’ from the War.

“For this project, we wanted to step away from the battlefields of the Western Front and tell a more human story” says Jeremy Reeves, Curator at the BCHS. “With The Long Road Home, we sought to highlight lesser-known aspects of the post-war years such as the immense logistical challenge of bringing over 400,000 soldiers home, the emotional labour of memorialising the Fallen, and the hardship of soldiers trying to reintegrate civilian life.”

The exhibition features captured German trophies, medals, uniforms, letters, photographs, and memorials objects drawn from the BCHS’s permanent collection. Organised into a series of vignettes and accompanied by engaging text, these objects testify to complex political, emotional, and psychological landscape of Canada from demobilisation in 1919 to the Vimy Pilgrimage of 1936.

Exhibition & Curatorial Credits

A Long Road Home was designed and produced by the Brome County Historical Society. The exhibition was curated by Jeremy Reeves with the invaluable assistance of Abbey Lacroix.

Financial & In-kind Partners

The BCHS would like to thank the generous support of our financial partners for this project: Pacte Brome-Missisquoi, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the Chawkers Foundation, the Zeller Family Foundation, the S.M. Blair Family Foundation, the Brome Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Knowlton Branch of the Lions Club International, and Peter McAuslan. The BCHS would also like to the Town of Brome Lake and the Bank of Montreal for its continued financial support. The frames in the exhibition were custom-made by Encadrement Sutton.