Stories and photos of related keepsakes from Toronto’s Great War Attic (TGWA) are posted and can be viewed through the Canadian Encyclopedia's Your Canada map.
Descendants of family members who lived during the war told their stories during 12 “pop-up museum,” events held during fall 2014 at historic sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services, the Columbus Centre and Cedarbrae Library. Additional stories have since been offered, collected and posted.
These stories are oral histories, in most cases passed down through two, three and sometimes even four generations, accompanied by a number of keepsakes. At other times, the stories evolved when keepsakes were found unexpectedly during the clearance of attics, basements, closets and trunks, inspiring those who found them to search for more information about the original owners and their experiences. All the storytellers wished to honour and share the experiences of people whose lives were deeply affected by the First World War.