(Above) The exhibit features Salvation Army uniforms from 1960 and a painting by Alan Dent Wilson that celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Army in Canada
On now until Christmas, a month-long exhibit at Hillary House National Historic Site in Aurora, Ont., organized by The Salvation Army Northridge Community Church and The Salvation Army Archives, showcases the 139-year presence of the Army in the Newmarket and Aurora area of York Region. This is the first outside exhibit at Hillary House in the museum’s 40-year history.
“We hope to encourage people to learn more about The Salvation Army in the community and we are proud to be the first outside exhibit at Hillary House National Historic Site,” says Angela Covert, community relations representative at Northridge Community Church.
“There are many people in the community, including new Canadians, who are not aware of The Salvation Army and the programs and services we provide,” she continues. “We support anyone in need of assistance in Central York Region and I hope this exhibit increases the knowledge of The Salvation Army as a whole.”
The exhibit showcases historical photographs of Salvation Army officers and members, uniforms from 1960, church buildings from York Region, brass band instruments, and artifacts and information about the establishment of the Army in the region, which dates to 1883 in Newmarket and 1884 in Aurora.
“The Aurora Historical Society is excited to partner with the Northridge Community Church and The Salvation Army Archives to showcase the history of this important organization. The Salvation Army has had a significant presence in Newmarket and Aurora for more than 130 years and this exhibit will give visitors a glimpse into their charitable work and positive impact on the community,” says Kathleen Vahey, curator and manager of Hillary House.
Included in the collection is the earliest known photograph of Newmarket church members, taken in January 1896. One of the exhibit’s highlights is a painting entitled Montage from Ontario artist Alan Dent Wilson. The large painting was part of a 1972 travelling art show that celebrated the 90th anniversary of The Salvation Army in Canada. Montage depicts the range of services provided by the Army for women, children and seniors, and in correctional justice and health care.
The Salvation Army exhibit at Hillary House in Aurora runs from November 28 to December 23, 2022, and is included with admission. It coincides with the museum’s “A Family Christmas” event on December 11, with Christmas decorations, a visit from Santa, festive treats and Christmas storytelling. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.aurorahs.com.