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Remembering WWI

Saskatchewan Wartime Contributions
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Tribute in Silk

Support for Soldiers

The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was founded at Montreal in 1900 to help support British troops and Canadian soldiers at war in South Africa.

By 1909 Saskatchewan had IODE chapters in Battleford, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina and Grenfell. When war was declared in 1914, IODE women were ready to raise money and to support Canadian soldiers and their families.

Her Bit for the IODE

Wall Hanging by Joanna St. Clair
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WDM Collection, WDM-1996-MJ-1

In Moose Jaw, Joanna St. Clair took up needle and thread, designing and stitching this impressive silk wall hanging to raise money for IODE causes. For a small fee, she embroidered the name of each donor.

Detail of City of Moose Jaw crest on wall hanging by Joanna St. Clair
WDM Collection, WDM-1996-MJ-1

St. Clair exquisitely stitched the IODE and City of Moose Jaw crests and embroidered some 700 names on the hanging. On Nov 11, 1927 it was presented to the Canadian Legion, Moose Jaw Branch by the Moose Jaw Chapter of the IODE in commemoration of the Great War, 1914-1918.

WDM Collection, WDM-1996-MJ-1

With a touch of whimsy, the needle and thread artist added her signature to the lower right corner, Executed by Joanna R. St. Clair as her bit for the IODE. Her bit took years of painstaking work.

Signature of maker on wall hanging by Joanna St. Clair
WDM Collection, WDM-1996-MJ-1

This artifact is part of an exhibit marking the outbreak of the First World War. Four showcase exhibits have been created – initially, one will be shown at each of our four Museums. We hope visitors will pause and read the interesting Saskatchewan-based stories they have to tell. Later in 2014, the four showcases will be combined into one exhibit that will travel throughout the WDM system over the next few years.

Find out more about the exhibits and see more WWI artifacts -->

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