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January 2021

Military Lecture – The Power of Witnessing in the Work of Battlefield Painter Mary Riter Hamilton

January 28 @ 7:00 pm
Free
Clearing the Plains of Flanders, Mary Riter Hamilton

Clearing the Battlefields in Flanders, 1921, Mary Riter Hamilton   Dr. Irene Gammel presents, "The Power of Witnessing in the Work of Battlefield Painter Mary Riter Hamilton". Canadian painter Mary Riter Hamilton blazed a trail by painting the First World War graveyards and battlefields in oil and daring to be—unofficially—Canada’s first female war artist. In 1919, just a few months after the armistice, she arrived overseas and worked amid harrowing conditions—inadequate shelter and food, surroundings littered with unexploded shells. In…

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February 2021

History Bites: Lay of the Land

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Photo of a pear with a bite taken out of it. The event title "History Bites" is in blue text to the right of the pear.

Join us for a series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection. This History Bites session featuring current exhibition, Lay of the Land. The exhibit orients visitors in time and place through an installation of maps, spanning time immemorial to present day. Lay of the Land invites all visitors to understand our complex relationship to the land, past and present, and to the place that we now call Guelph. How to Access: History Bites is a free…

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Military Lecture – A Tethered Dragon: The Eight Nation Army Occupation of Beijing & Tianjin, 1900-1902

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
Free
Black and white photo from 1900 of Meridian gate, the entrance to the Emperor’s quarters in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Meridian gate, the entrance to the Emperor’s quarters in Beijing’s Forbidden City, 1900.   Blaine Chiasson presents, A Tethered Dragon: The Eight Nation Army Occupation of Beijing & Tianjin, 1900-1902. In September 1900 American, British, French, Italian, Russian, German, Japanese and Austro-Hungarian troops, the multi-national ‘Eight Nation Army’ occupied northern China, having invaded Qing China in response to the Buddhist millennial Boxer Rebellion, which targeted foreign missionaries and diplomats. For two years Beijing, the northern capital, and Tianjin its port…

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March 2021

Military Lecture – Hidden Scars: Uncovering the Lived Experience of Shell-Shocked Ex-Servicemen

March 25 @ 7:00 pm
Free
Electric Heat Cabinet - Military Hospital Commission - Cobourg, Ontario

Electric Heat Cabinet - Military Hospital Commission - Cobourg, Ontario   Heather Ellis presents, Hidden Scars: Uncovering the Lived Experience of Shell-Shocked Ex-Servicemen. 1918 marked the end of the First World War, but for returning soldiers it was the beginning of adjustment, recovery and, in some cases, collapse. The transition from war to peace was especially difficult for those diagnosed with a psychological illness. ‘Shell shock’ has become synonymous with the Great War and frequently appears in the history, literature,…

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April 2021

Military Lecture – The Great Sickness of 1740: War, Typhus, and the Royal Navy

April 22 @ 7:00 pm
Free
The Capture of Puerto Bello, 21 November 1739 by George Chambers, Senior, 1836

The Capture of Puerto Bello, 21 November 1739 by George Chambers, Senior, 1836, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich BHC0355   Paul Mansell presents, The Great Sickness of 1740: War, Typhus, and the Royal Navy. In 1739, after two and a half decades of relative peace, Spain and Britain entered into the War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739-48). This war became subsumed into the War of Austrian Succession 1740-48) and has not received a lot of attention from historians. The Royal Navy had…

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