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

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Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Bird This event is part of the Military Lecture Series hosted by Guelph Museums. 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 […]

Canada and the Second World War at Sea with Jeff Noakes


Jeff Noakes Active on many fronts during the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy played its best-known and arguably most crucial role in helping to keep Allied shipping lanes open in the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Canadian merchant ships and merchant sailors transported vital supplies to Allied forces and populations around the world. On Canada's home […]

Ne-kah-ne-tah: The Liberation of Welberg, Memory, Meaning and Experience


CLICK HERE to register Over five days in November 1944, the Algonquin Regiment played a pivotal role in the capture of the tiny Dutch town of Welberg. In 2018, twenty Canadian university students returned to the site as part of an experiential learning course focused on the Regiment’s warpath from Point 140 to the Kusten […]

Per Ardua Ad Astra: The Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War with Mike Bechthold


Mike Bechthold CLICK HERE to register In a few short years, the Royal Canadian Air Force expanded from a small domestic force of 8 squadrons and 4,000 personnel to a globe-spanning air force with 80 operational squadrons and 250,000 personnel (including 17,000 women). The RCAF defended London, led the Normandy invasion, protected convoys in the North Atlantic, […]

Dieppe 80 Years After: The Juno Beach Centre’s Exhibition From Dieppe to Juno with Marie Eve Vaillancourt


Marie Eve Vaillancourt CLICK HERE to register The Dieppe Raid is shrouded in controversy and tragedy. For decades, it dominated Canadians’ collective memory of the war. Considered a tragic failure since 1942, its story is as complex as it is nuanced. The presentation will explore the challenges of putting together an exhibition on a subject […]

To Help Win the Fight: Canadian Servicewomen and the Second World War with Stacey Barker


CLICK HERE to register Stacey Barker The Second World War brought many crucial changes to the lives of Canadian women, including the opportunity for wider military service. Recruits who joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, and the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service challenged conceptions, broke barriers, and helped […]

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

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

All LCSC public lectures will be available both in-person and virtually on Zoom. For those interested in attending in-person, please visit 232 King Street North, Waterloo. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7:00pm. If you are unable to attend in-person but would still like to watch the event virtually, click here to register […]

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

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario

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 […]


Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War with Tim Cook

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

Speaker: Tim Cook Click HERE to register. In this talk, Canada’s top war historian, Tim Cook, will discuss his latest book, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers, on how the carnage of modern battle gave birth to revolutionary life-saving innovations. It brings to light shocking revelations of the ways the brutality of combat and the necessity of […]

Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory with Ted Barris

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

In the 20th century’s greatest war, one battlefield held the key to victory or defeat – the North Atlantic. It took 2,074 days and nights to determine its outcome, but the Battle of the Atlantic proved the turning point of the Second World War. For five and a half years, German surface warships and submarines […]

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

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario

CLICK HERE to register for the event.   Speaker: Megan Hamilton 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, […]