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QAHN "Heritage Talks" Series: "The Business of War: Canadian Companies During World War I," with Caitlin Bailey, Director, Canadian Centre for teh Great War

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Brome County Historical Museum
130 Rue Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

The Business of War: Canadian companies during World World I
by Caitlin Bailey, MLIS, director and curator, Canadian Centre for the Great War

Admission: Free.

Businesses of all types and sizes participated in support of Canada’s war effort from the moment the Governor General officially declared war on Germany in the summer of 1914. Private-sector involvement in the First World War is usually portrayed as uniformly corrupt and inefficient, but the nature of this partcipation was actually much more diverse, with lasting consequences for the future of Canada’s industrial economy as a whole.

Originally created as a travelling exhibition in 2017 this talk explores the many surprising ways in which various businesses and industries helped Canada fulfill her obligations to the Mother Country while contributing towards the emergence and development of a sense of Canadian nationhood. Presented by Caitlin Bailey, “The Business of War” brings a fresh perspective to our historical understanding of World War I and its implications for Canadian society. Since its inception, the exhibition has been shown in a number of cities across the country and has been seen by more than 5,000 visitors to date, attracting media coverage in such publications as the Calgary Herald and the Winnipeg Free Press, among others.

Click here to view the entire Heritage Talks program!