Heritage, Meaning, and Remembering Well in 21st Century Canada

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Tune in for “The torch; be yours to hold it high”: Heritage, Meaning, and Remembering Well in 21st Century Canada, presented by Dr. Geoffrey Bird on Thursday April 14th, 2022 at 7 pm. Interpreting John McCrae’s immortal poem, In Flanders Fields, as a call to action to remember is particularly prescient in our world today. But in the context […]

The Irish Canadian Rangers in Canada and Ireland, 1914–17 with Terry Copp (Guelph Civic Museum)

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

Terry Copp Speaker: Terry Copp CLICK HERE to register for the event. The Irish Canadian Rangers began as a Militia Regiment in 1915 after Catholic and Protestant Irish agreed to cooperate. After the battle of Second Ypres the regiment contributed a full company to the 60th Battalion and began a campaign to persuade Sam Hughes to […]

Missing Memorials? How Canada has Commemorated the Second World War (Guelph Civic Museum)

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

The war memorials that dot communities across the country are the sites of the most important public ceremonies of the civic calendar. They hearken back to our history, they help us remember our war dead, and they help us envision the future. But they have histories of their own. This talk by Thomas Littlewood presents […]

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The Evolution of Canadian Export Policy, 1946-1991

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

CLICK HERE to register for the event. For more than three decades, successive Canadian governments have tied themselves in knots to justify the sale of Canadian-produced weapons to Saudi Arabia. Yet the Saudi sales are only the latest chapter in a history of arms sales to conflict regions which extends back to the Second World […]

Men and Morale: Canadian Army Training in the Second World War

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

CLICK HERE to register for the event. The Canadian Army of the Second World War spent more time preparing and training their citizen soldiers then they did in sustained action. This chiefly took place across Canada and in the United Kingdom. Adequate training functioned as a cradle for collective action, morale, empowerment, self-confidence, and, ultimately, […]

Canadians in the Turkish War of Independence, 1919-1922

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

CLICK HERE to register for the event. Robert Frew, one of the Canadians active in Turkey during the Turkish War of Independence At the end of the First World War, as a result of the Mudros Armistice, the Ottoman State was occupied by Allies. British, French, Italian and Greek forces have occupied some strategic locations […]

We Both Survived: The Soldier-Horse Relationship in the First World War with Emily Oakes

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

“Vimy” and its Mother. The foal was born on the height from which it takes its name. July, 1917. Horses and mules were essential to the ability of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces to operate in the First World War. Equines hauled supplies, ammunition, artillery, as well as acted as cavalry. Working alongside each other across […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]