Lately we've been thinking about ways to celebrate the storied history of Barton Village, so we were absolutely delighted when our friends at Surprise! Hamilton came to us with an amazing idea for a collaborative project to help shine a light on the contributions that Hamilton -- and specifically the Barton Village area -- made to our country during both World Wars. The Barton Village Remembers project is an interactive installation that will combine craft and history, with wreaths of crocheted poppies and forget-me-nots marking significant places of historical interest and placards telling the stories of Barton Village's wartime history. We're so excited to unveil the project on November 1 during our Barton First Friday festivities with a tour of the sites that comprise the installation, which will remain up throughout November.
Members of Surprise! Hamilton have been hard at work crocheting flowers, and they'd love your help! They'll be set up with supplies at The River Trading Co. from 4 PM on for the next three Barton First Fridays -- come out and join the craft jam and lend a hand! If you're unable to join in person, you can also help by crocheting poppies or forget-me-nots on your own time! Christina of Surprise! Hamilton has provided links to the patterns they've been using:
The poppy pattern can be found on Marie Koeck's blog, and the forget-me-not pattern can be found on Ravelry.
We here at Barton Village are working on the research side of things, and we'd love your help there too! If you have family stories or historical resources to share, or if you'd like to join our archival research team as we dig into our neighbourhood's history, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on our website to get in touch.
Stay tuned for updates as this exciting project comes together!