The Poppy Project

Photograph of poppies on the Niagara Falls History Museum

The Elizabeth Lundy Knit and Crochet Society

This Remembrance Day, Niagara Falls is commemorating those who protected our freedoms, with a little help from the global community, by coming together to create a beautiful art installation of poppies cascading over the Niagara Falls History Museum.

The Poppy Project is a collaborative community art project by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick'N Needles, a Niagara Falls stitching guild. We reached out to the public and asked them to knit and crochet poppies to be included in a large-scale art installation. The response was overwhelming, with over 11,000 poppy donations coming from every province in Canada, twenty-five different states in the United States, as well as Denmark and New Zealand. Heartfelt letters accompanied many of the poppies, dedicating them to family members who fought and died in the numerous wars that have affected our world.

The poppies are displayed on both the exterior and the interior of the historic 1874 stone building. Local artists Joanne Ring and Emily Andrews were brought on board to help design the pieces. This installation is the first of many we hope to see grow across the City in years to come. 

  • Number of Poppies: 11,000 (and counting)
  • Estimated Number of Hours Spent Knitting/Crocheting: 4,500
  • Number of Hours Spent Affixing Poppies to Netting: 670

Knitted poppies inside a building

Please support the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund

Names of Participants

  • Susan Simms
  • Alice Simms
  • Sandy Lauder
  • Al-Anne Anderson
  • Cathy Bowman
  • Terry Green
  • Yvonne Bruce
  • Linda Neilson
  • Sharan Recchia
  • Laurie Farrell
  • Gerda Amorral
  • Nancy Zizian
  • Barbara Bowman
  • Yvonne Miller
  • Tanya Koson
  • Gina Williams
  • Theresa Forlin
  • Joanne Crocker
  • Laura Taylor-Shields
  • Deborah Attenborough
  • Elenoare Olinski
  • Lind Barnhart
  • Lynne Gourlay
  • Anne Diodati
  • Cathy Banks
  • Janice Caird
  • Linda Smith
  • Lorna Anstruther
  • Karen James
  • Pat Somerville
  • Garda Clark
  • Vera Rose
  • Brenda Anderson
  • Doreen Garwood-Jones
  • Kathy Scozzafava
  • Christine Long
  • Lina Tasca
  • Arielle Zylstra
  • Marilena Vitaterna
  • Dawn Gordon
  • Gwen Pickle
  • Pam Lockhart
  • Bonnie Dixon
  • Allison Little
  • Karen James
  • Janice Crossman
  • Lisa Wilson
  • Elaine Upper
  • Marg Morrison
  • Jenna Morrison
  • Jean Munson
  • Zoe Marcu
  • Caty Musi
  • Carol Cowlishawiz
  • Kendall Cournoyea
  • Lois Carr
  • Molly Burkaway
  • Anne Westhues
  • Nicole Resney
  • Sandy Willis
  • Ratika Modi
  • Monika Seymour
  • Doreen Turenne
  • Margaret Northfield
  • Lauren Doig
  • Blanche Sawyer
  • Sharon Manning
  • Rosemary Culos
  • Loretta Waters
  • Lorrie Landsbourgh
  • Saidye Aspden
  • Audrey Fraser
  • Lorrie Bedell
  • Lynn Goulet
  • Nancy White
  • Karylee Macleod
  • Janet Lucas
  • Keri Smith
  • Sarah Bound
  • Friendly Knitting Circle
  • Charlene Quevillon
  • Mary Kort
  • Angela Vogt
  • Sherry Pang
  • Sharree Eidt
  • Lisa Graham
  • Morag Cullen
  • Sydney Ditomasso
  • Janet Dunn
  • Rosemary Diodati
  • Toronto Police Service 911 Operators
  • Doreen Threnne
  • Janet Kaine
  • Heidi Cowan
  • Liz Wilson
  • Susan Arbour
  • Margorie Merritt
  • Denise Werner
  • Bea Taylor
  • Leona Manuel
  • Pat Taylor
  • Jan & Rene Inman
  • Cathy Smith
  • Nancy Callaway
  • Marrion Tripp
  • Brian McMullen
  • Diane L. Stone
  • Teresa Briggs
  • Thelma Buncy
  • JoAnne Corrigan
  • Barbara Spigelmyer
  • Vicky Spigelmyer
  • Nadia Cusan
  • Margot Brennan
  • Susan Holbrook
  • Cathy Reichheld
  • Jane Jensen
  • Debbie Uhrich
  • Rose Dell
  • Tracy Lenartowicz
  • Alvina Bord
  • Julie McInnis
  • Jeanette Dunham
  • Krista Bradley
  • Vivian Ungar
  • Anna Grimes
  • D. Dumas
  • Josée Grégoire
  • Kim Wilhelm
  • Edna Arthur
  • Kathy Lowe
  • Andrea Mackenzie
  • Hania Wojtowicz
  • Carole Harnish
  • Gail Collins
  • Morag Cullen
  • June Chapman
  • Girl Guides 
  • Burlington Seniors Centre
  • A Christiansen
  • Anne Fleming
  • Karen Hutchinson
  • Michelle Richling
  • Wendy Garrington
  • A. Medvid
  • Edith West
  • Melinda Ferree
  • H. Velie
  • Hilary Lardin
  • Yvonne Dill
  • Lynn Palmer
  • Vikki Paddock
  • Carol Liebergen
  • Liza Panganiban
  • Janet Fiffitts
  • Maureen Bourgeois
  • Heather Gauvin
  • Nancy Conger
  • P. Nicoll
  • L. VanGrootheest
  • Johanna
  • Alex Cooper
  • Katie Flower-Smith
  • Tracy Scheel
  • Connie Wojtasiak
  • Esther Parker
  • Shannon Miller
  • Maureen Cullen
  • Laura Purje
  • M. Melanson
  • Robena Tyndall
  • Cynthia McArdle
  • Victoria Jones
  • Kim Peterson
  • Jessica Dean
  • C. Little
  • R. Madejski
  • Brenda Lee Olson
  • Madeline Burdick
  • K. Lidstone
  • Grace Lezete
  • Marianne Jørgensen
  • Gail Curry
  • Faye Brugge
  • Ridder
  • Daniel and Valarie Cramp
  • Doris Erb
  • Vickie Dunn
  • N. Richard
  • Jackie Mahoney
  • Denise Perifer
  • Scarlet & Christi McGreoghegan
  • Crystal Micheli
  • Donna Garland
  • Helga Robson
  • Sharon Araujo
  • Kaitlin Lesperance
  • Heather Dickenson
  • Dixie Coleman
  • Sally Behr
  • Patricia Clark
  • Laurel Porteous
  • Goldie Butt
  • Sarah Williver
  • Marjorie Newell
  • Sue Simmons
  • Dawn-Leah Lim Mcdonald
  • Andrea Fuller
  • Michelle Wise
  • Mara Catania
  • Nancy Callaway
  • Donna North
  • Marjorie Gibson
  • Cynthia Perry
  • Barbara Morin
  • Marion E Cluff
  • Hannah Kowalewski
  • Donna Williams
  • Sharon Hutchison
  • Maxine Evans
  • Anne Blair
  • Carole Harnish
  • Knit Pickers
  • Brittany Clark
  • Royal Canadian Legion: PEI Command
  • Pauline Maendel
  • Emily & Nicole Guindon
  • Hazel Badcock
  • Sally Belogus
  • Dayle Demedeiros
  • Ghazala Shaheen
  • Betty VanderZwagg
  • Brenda Wedlake
  • Lynn Gallant
  • Baker & Green Acres Community Centre: Elaine, Leanna, Margaret, Pauline & Jolene
  • Marie T. Abbadessa
  • Louise Gregois 
  • Susan Daubaras
  • Sara Richard 
  • N. Seabaurin
  • Diane Crew
  • M. A. Kerr
  • Shirley Richter
  • Dauphin Rail Museum
  • Dauphin Senior Centre 
  • Judith Fullard 
  • Audrey Pineo 
  • Joy Manders
  • Barabara Ladabie
  • Mary Kort 
  • Jenna Morrison 
  • Irene Lythall 
  • Caroline Gilbert 
  • Pat Ward 
  • Scarlet & Christi McGreoghegan 
  • Jewel K. 
  • Crystal Micheli 
  • Donna Garland 
  • Wilma Johnson
  • Lena Byl
  • Lee Kingham
  • Diane Lalonde
  • Bonnie Powell
  • Audrey Pilling

Learn more about Elizabeth Lundy "The Grandmother of the Canadian Army"

Location

Niagara Falls History Museum

logos of those who supported the Poppy Project

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