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Homefront: The Virtual Galleries

From the beginning of the war in 1939 to its end in 1945, Albertans watched their lives transformed as the war touched their governments, their communities, and their homes. The artifacts of this pivotal period in Alberta's history have been preserved in a remarkable collection created by Allan and Sharon Kerr. The Kerrs, who now make their home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, have graciously made this collection available online in partnership with the Heritage Community Foundation and the Royal Alberta Museum.

Highlights from this collection are available in five interactive photo galleries on this website. In addition, a searchable database of the collection, comprising over 3,000 images, is available for researchers, students, collectors, and anyone interested in Albertan and Canadian World War II history. There are currently over ten poster categories ranging from “Women at War” to “Wartime Propaganda”. Other sections include images of children and their contributions to the war effort, recruitment centres, civilian defence, and many others.

View the following virtual galleries that showcase unique items from the Kerr Collection:


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