Throughout the month of November, Moose Jaw's Western Development Museum will be taking visitors back to Canada's and Saskatchewan's war efforts during the First and Second World Wars.

On Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. will be a presentation about the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). During the Second World War, there were British Commonwealth Air Training Plan bases in Canada, Britian, Australia and New Zealand among other Commonwealth countries. These bases would train pilots, navigators, radio operators and air gunners.

Saskatchewan played an imporant in the BCATP as there were 20 flying tranining units across the province in 14 different communities.

"There were a number of training bases located all over the province and we will be looking at some of the aircraft as well as a few of the different restorations that have been done to get the pieces ready for our museum in our aviation gallery," said Western Development Museum Moose Jaw Education/Public Programs Coordinator Karla Rasmussen.

Then in the afternoon at  2 p.m. on Nov. 19 will be a presentation on Saskatchewan's wartime contributions. This presentation includes replica ration books, knitted socks made for women and children for the men that went overseas, recycled materials to help with rationing, images showing how some farmers received exemptions from joining the military and the changes in fashion. One of the examples of the changing fashion was women's stocking were made of nylon as silk was needed for the war effort to make parachutes.

"The nice thing about most of these examples here is that people can touch them. So during those presentations, before and after, they'll have the opportunity to get up close and see what these things look like and felt like," Rasmussen said.

The museum will also have beaded poppies on display, which were made to recognize the First Nations people who fought during the wars.

Daily throughout the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum's Seek and Find activity will be looking for images of ingredients to make a ration cake from a Second World War recipe.

"So visitors will have a chance to look at some of these images and the neat thing about this is that most of these things are not here at our museum. That are actually located in storage or at the other WDMs. It is a nice way to show some of the collections that the general public doesn't usually get to see," Rasmussen said.

Also daily at the museum will be the showing films from the National Film Board about Canada's war efforts during the First and Second World Wars. The films include Canada in World War One, Front Lines - The Trenches, Women are Warriors, Wartime Housing, Story of Wartime Controls, Forgotten Warriors and Enemy Aliens.

For more about events at the Western Development Museum, visit their website.