Volume 53

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John McCrae and the Mysterious Miss Packard

November 16, 2018 — Author: Linda Granfield Publication Date: 2014   Figure I : "Penance" hand-written on "Alderley" stationery. Photo courtesy of Guelph Museums - McCrae House (M1999.6.1)   "Alderley/Kennebunkport, Maine" So reads the blue-inked letterhead on a piece of stationery carefully preserved in "Poems", a richly-bound book in the Guelph Museums' collection. The name of the author of the book, John McCrae, is...

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Guelph in 1915: Patrionism and Public Service in Lt.-Col. John McCrae's Birthplace

November 16, 2018 — Author: Debra Nash-Chambers Publication Date: 2015   Historian Jonathan Vance notes that while Canada did not declare war against the German and Austro-Hungarian empires independently in August of 1914, the First World War is viewed as marking Canada's progress from colony to nationhood. Vance supports the contention that the participation and courage of Canadians in key battles like Ypres in 1915,...

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"Young Guelph" on the Home Front, 1914-1918

November 16, 2018 — Author: Cynthia R. Comacchio Publication Date: 2015   When the call to fight 'at Britain's side" was sounded in August 1914, Canadians of all ranks across the land rallied to 'do their bit," as the wartime slogan urged. This "war to end all wars" signaled the new importance of the home front. As never before, the Great War required massive...

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One Hundred Years Later: Celebrating "In Flanders Fields"

November 16, 2018 — Author: Leanne Piper Publication Date: 2015   One hundred years ago, Lt.-Col. John McCrae raised his pen and lit a torch that still burns today. McCrae was still reeling from the death of his friend Lt. Alexis Helmer on May 2nd, 19l5 when, according to popular account, he wrote "In Flanders Fields" on the back step of an ambulance amidst...

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