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"A Motley Crew": QAHN Heritage Talks Heads to Knowlton this week!

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--March 5, 2019.

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Brome County Historical Museum, Old Courthouse Building
15 rue St.Paul, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

A Motley Crew Of Unsung Heroes: Medical Training In The Canadian Army During The First World War, by Abbey Lacroix, Archivist, Brome Museum and Jeremy Reeves, Curator, Brome Museum

Abbey Lacroix has been working as an Archivist at the Brome County Historical Society Archives for over four years. She has studied a breadth of topics but has recently focused on the First World War. Abbey is currently completing a Master’s in Library & Information Studies at the Université de Montréal.

Jeremy Reeves has recently been named Curator at the Brome County Historical Society after completing a Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. Jeremy’s curatorial and scholarly work examines a wide range of periods and themes but focuses on modern military history.

Many historians point to the First World War as the defining moment in the emergence of modern battlefield medicine. Indeed, Canadian doctors and surgeons were at the forefront of battlefield medicine innovations. However, the focus on these modern medical advances obscure a motley crew of unsung heroes: the men who enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps without any prior medical training but performed lifesaving treatments.

Through the biographies and service records of individuals from Brome County who enlisted in the CAMC as “other ranks”, this lecture considers our national history through a local lens. Supported by archive documents (letters, diaries, etc.) and artefacts in the Brome County Historical Society’s collection, this lecture aims to detail the history of the CAMC’s “other ranks”. Through this lecture, we explore the story of Canadians who were farmers, clerks, and other professionals before being transformed into the linchpin of a military medical service that treated over 400,000 Canadian soldiers.

The Brome County Historical Society owns and maintains a number of heritage buildings, which welcome individuals, families and groups. Built in 1967 in honour of Canada’s centenary, the Centennial Building is home to the Society’s administration and ticket centre. It also houses the Museum Shop and serves as a venue for lectures, art exhibits, and special exhibitions.

FREE admission. You are invited to RSVP

Please note that this talk is part of a series presented by QAHN. For our full 2019 Heritage Talks program, please visit or check us out on facebook @qahnheritagetalks.