Battle for Hill 70 with Matthew Barrett

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

  On 15 August 1917, the Canadian Corps for the first time under the command of General Arthur Currie captured the German strongpoint at Hill 70 near Lens, France. Through Their Eyes: A Graphic History of Hill 70 and Canada’s First World War, illustrated by Matthew Barrett and co-written with Robert Engen, depicts this remarkable but costly […]

Spirits, Psychics, & Divination: How the Great War Haunted the British Empire (@Guelph Civic Museum)

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

In the aftermath of the Great War, people from across the British Isles and Dominion nations read prophecies about the coming new millennium, experimented with seances, and claimed to see the ghosts of their loved ones in dreams and in photographs. On the battlefields, soldiers had premonitions and attributed their survival to angelic, psychic, or […]

Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee – A Panel Discussion

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Amid soaring costs of essentials, could a basic income guarantee be the game-changer? Both the market economy and welfare system are falling short, with minimum-wage workers, and people receiving social assistance trapped thousands of dollars below the poverty line. Imagine a transformative solution: a basic income guarantee for every adult, employed or not. Critics may […]

Spirits, Psychics, and Prophecies: How the Great War Haunted the British Empire with Kyle Falcon (@LCSC)

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

In the aftermath of the Great War, people from across the British Isles and Dominion nations read prophecies about the coming new millennium, experimented with seances, and claimed to see the ghosts of their loved ones in dreams and in photographs. On the battlefields, soldiers had premonitions and attributed their survival to angelic, psychic, or […]

John Norton – Teyoninhokarawen and the Indigenous Great Lakes, 1780s -1820s

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

John Norton was born to a Cherokee man and a Scottish woman in 1770, and adopted by the Mohawks in the 1790s. He rose to important military and diplomatic leadership positions among the Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) of the Grand River north of Lake Erie, wrote the most extensive Native-authored text of his generation, and strove […]

Canada Carries On: Morale in the Wartime Canadian Army with Geoffrey Hayes

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Morale is important in any conflict. Canadian army officials during the Second World War spent much energy defining and measuring morale. Their tools ranged from public relations campaigns, censorship reports, films, and questionnaires. This talk will focus on the problem of selling the Canadian army in 1941 to a wary public, a wary prime minister, […]

From Wartime Refuge to Peaceful Hippie Haven: Generations of Youth on Grindstone Island with Tara Brookfield

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This presentation will interrogate how a private island on Big Rideau Lake, Ontario was presented, experienced, and embodied as a refuge for youth endangered by or alarmed by war. Between 1917-1963, the island was the summer home of Admiral Charles Kingsmill (and his family. During their tenure, among many things, they hosted British child evacuees […]

Black Military History of Niagara, “I never knew that” with Jim Doherty

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This presentation focuses on military history of Black Canadians from the end of the American Revolution to the present. Doors open at 6:30, and the presentation starts at 7:00 with a question period immediately following. Black Military History of Niagara, “I never knew that”,  is presented by Jim Doherty. The lecture will premiere in-person at […]

The War Diary of Leslie Miller, CEF with Graham Broad

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Held by the family for over a century, Leslie Miller's war diary, which cover the entirety of the war and the first months of peace, offers fascinating insight into the cultural life of a soldier on the Western Front. Graham Broad, who recently edited Miller's diary for publication, will discuss the work's insights and the […]

Artillery and the Senses in the Canadian Corps, 1914-1918 with Hazel Scott Pancratz

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The First World War on the Western Front was overwhelmingly a war of artillery. Both sides’ firepower dictated what form the war would take, driving men to dig trenches to conceal and protect themselves, but even then, artillery was responsible for over half of Canadian casualties. Given the significance of its role, it is no […]

The Royal Canadian Air Force at 100: A Material History Retrospective with Mike Bechthold

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

In 1968, the RCAF Flyers, winners of the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal for ice hockey, reunited for a charity game. Here, the vice chief of the defence staff, Lieutenant-General F.R. Sharpe speaks with four members of the team: Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert Brooks, Chief Warrant Officer Andy Gilpin, Sergeant Red Gravelle, and Captain Frank Boucher. The jersey […]

34th Canadian Military History Colloquium

Wilfrid Laurier University

The 34th Canadian Military History Colloquium will be held in-person at Wilfrid Laurier University on 3-4 May 2024. For more information click here.