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New WWI Speakers Series

collage of photographs from first world war

The world’s first-ever global conflict erupted 100 years ago. To commemorate the centenary of WWI, the Archives is hosting a series of engaging talks designed to connect Ontario residents with archival records related to the war – documents that tell the stories of ordinary Ontarians at this pivotal moment in the province’s history. Scholars, family historians and history buffs alike will find these talks stimulating, enlightening and a valuable aid for further exploration of the Archives’ extensive resources related to the First World War.
Delivered concurrently with our newest onsite exhibit, Dear Sadie: Love, Lives, and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War, this speakers series will be held on Thursday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. in the George Spragge Classroom at the Archives of Ontario. Admission is free and a tour will be given of the new exhibit.  

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New Speakers Series

Laureen Harder-Gissing, Archivist, Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Title: Stories Seldom Told: Ontario Mennonite Stories of the First World War.
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

For 500 years, Mennonites treasured their pacifist religious convictions. Mennonites were invited to settle in Upper Canada with the promise that they would not be required to perform military service. The first real test of that promise came a century later with the introduction of conscription in 1917. How would Mennonites respond? Would they do their duty for the British Empire? Defy the law? Find other ways to stay true to their convictions? In Mennonite pictures and letters, diaries and family histories, we find stories of the First World War that are seldom told.