Friday, 7 November 2014

BIFHSGO November Meeting

I'm anticipating a big BIFHSGO turnout on Saturday to hear Dr Jonathan Vance who holds the J.B. Smallman Research Chair in the Department of History at Western University. Appropriate for the time of year, and the centennial, his current research focuses on the First World War, Canadian culture, and prisoners of war.

The schedule is:
9:00 a.m. Before BIFHSGO — A Century Ago: War Comes to Canada, a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Vance.
9:30 a.m. Discovery Tables — Canada in WWI, Artifacts, and Military Mapping, hosted by Dr. Jonathan Vance and Clem McClemens.
10:00 a.m.
Who Was the Canadian Soldier? — Dr. Jonathan Vance will describe conventional wisdom about the Canadian soldier and discuss how a return to the Canadian Expeditionary Force attestation papers gives us a dramatically different picture of the nation at war. In doing so, Dr Vance will outline some of the hazards facing the researcher who uses these records.

I've not met him but am informed he's "Not only brilliant, he is also genuine and an absolute pleasure to speak to!"

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