Musings

Alex Jacobs-Blum, The Medicine Game

Call for Submissions – Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience

Image: Alex Jacobs-Blum, The Medicine Game SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, July 7, 2019 Guelph Museums invites contemporary artists to participate in Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance and Resilience, an exhibition about our collective journey toward decolonization, through the submission of art works that reflect personal experiences and challenge the conventions of institutional space. We are open to all…

The Doctor Goes North – John McCrae and the Earl Grey Expedition

Lord Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911, travelled extensively throughout Canada and in 1910 became the first governor general to visit Hudson Bay. The expedition he mounted aimed to investigate a possible site for a port in Hudson Bay at the terminus of the recently surveyed route for a railway to…

Decolonizing Guelph’s Founding Story

As we acknowledge and celebrate the 192nd anniversary of the founding of Guelph by Scottish novelist John Galt, it is important that reflect on how we position our settler heritage within a present-day dialogue with Indigenous peoples. Guelph’s founding story has been told through the narrative of the Canada Company, a colonization company that was chartered…

Footsteps of John McCrae lead to new appreciation

Written by Tammy Adkin, Guelph Museums Manager When I was 17 years old, I was chair of the Peace and Justice Club at Assumption College School.  I wore “Ban Nukes” buttons and participated in various marches and protests, chanting about turning swords into ploughshares.  While my heart was in the right place, I never would…

May is Museum Month, how are you celebrating?

Museum month is coming to a close and museums across our region have been celebrating with programs, events, and exhibitions. This month, when you explore the museums in your own backyard, you’ll have the chance to win a Wellington/Waterloo Museums prize package and a stay at Langdon Hall. Visit any two Wellington/Waterloo museums during the…

Women of Sacrifice – Pearl Talbot

Miss Pearl Talbot, who graduated from the Guelph General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910, was employed at the hospital during the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918. Influenza was affecting multiple sites in the city, including the Ontario Agricultural College, which reported over 15 cases of the deadly flu. Pearl interacted with several of the…

Rediscovering our local Nursing Sisters – Alice Trusdale

Alice Trusdale was among the thousands of nurses who served overseas during the First World War. Alice, from Waterford, Ontario graduated from Guelph General Hospital School of Nurses on October 8, 1912. When war broke out in 1914, she trained with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in London, Ontario and was sent overseas in 1917.…

This Day in Guelph History: January 28, 1918

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, Canadian Army Medical Corps Born: November 30, 1872, Guelph Died: January 28, 1918, France Written by Lindsay Woelfle On a sheet of stationary with a reserved black border, a mother writes a mournful letter to her friend, enclosing a photograph of her late son Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. Written ten months after…