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About: Alison Adamson

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I work in Administration and my duties are varied. I can be found doing anything from scheduling and taking care of our wonderful team of volunteers, to assisting with our vital grant applications. I have worked here since 2004 and it wasn’t long after that I discovered an interesting family connection to our town. I was browsing our Chilliwack Museum website and was surprised to find my Great Uncle Charles Edwards Clapp’s name located in the list of names on the War Memorial page. I was the first member of my family to reside in Chilliwack, having moved here in 1993, so it was confusing to see this. I called Paul Ferguson, a military historian and our Curator at the time, and asked if he had any further information. He informed me that although Charles lived in New Westminster he had enlisted in Chilliwack. I later learned that his brother Aubrey, my grandfather, had also enlisted here. Paul also told me that my Great Uncles’ name was embroidered on a memorial quilt that is in our collection. I had been living here for 12 years when I found this information and it gave me a feeling of really belonging to the community. I make sure to visit the memorial on Rememberance Day and place my poppy under Charles’ name. I’m pictured holding the Sept 13, 1917 edition of the Chilliwack Progress newspaper containing a reference to the passing of my Great Uncle Charles.

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