Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory with Ted Barris

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

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 […]

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 […]

33rd Canadian Military History Colloquium

Wilfrid Laurier University

The 33rd Canadian Military History Colloquium will be held in-person at Wilfrid Laurier University on 26-27 May 2023. For more information click here.

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 […]

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 […]