Back to the 40s

Back to the 40s

Celebrate the Small Arms Ltd. workers and the local community who supported WWII on the home front! The Small Arms Society (SAS) is hosting a "back to the 40's" event, to celebrate the 14,000 women and men who worked at the Small Arms Ltd. site from 1940-1946. Over two-thirds of the workforce were women who played a vital role in supporting the Canadian military efforts during WWII.

  • Dress-up in your 1940's finest or as a Small Arms Ltd. factory worker.
  • Enjoy a 1940's cafe experience at the Brant Street Cafe with tea, refreshments, homemade baked goodies and more.
  • Music and dancing were a big part of the social life in the 1940's. Enjoy re-enactments, big band music, dancing, swing dance lessons, singing and more.
  • Learn about the history of the Small Arms Inspection Building and site along with Victory Bond celebrations and activities of 1944. Exhibits and artifacts will be on display in collaboration with Centennial College - Museum and Culture Management program.

Free Parking: Onsite parking adjacent to the Small Arms Inspection Building (south of Lakeshore Road at Dixie Road). Additional parking in the lot on the north west corner of Dixie and Lakeshore Roads.

Accessible parking is available. Please let the parking attendant know your requirements.

Free admission: Wear your 1940's finest!

Tea and Treats: Cash required.

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This event is produced by the Small Arms Society

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
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