Coming up Next: Our April Meeting

Thursday, April 2, 2015 : Business Meeting at 7:30 pm,
Speaker at 8:15 pm,  Annette Library

MADELEINE MCDOWELL:
The Great War through the Eyes of a Child

MMresize“My mother, Florence Myrtle Smith was two when the War broke out. She and her Mother followed her Father to England, and she had many vivid recollections of that period in her life. She experienced bombings, saw the depth charging of a German submarine, spent time in Canadian Military encampments and was friends with many soldiers; many who were eventually wounded or killed. They all adored her; she was pretty, bright, friendly and above all Canadian – and they were in England, preparing for, or returning from, Flanders or France. She was a tangible piece of Home.

“The first thing her father told her when she arrived in England, was “If anyone ever asks you who you are, you tell them You are a Canadian!” She memorized her father’s serial number for identification, in case she got lost, which she did.

“She was six by the time she returned to Canada, Montreal, and then Mount Dennis, where she was born. She no longer called herself Florence Myrtle ‘Fmif’. Her beloved father was dead, her mother a widowed single parent with a six year old, who had never been to school.”

Artist, activist and historian Madeleine McDowell received the 2010 Heritage Toronto Special Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Past Event: March Meeting:

Thursday, March 5, 2015 : Business Meeting at 7:30 pm,
Speaker at 8:15 pm,  Annette Library

Dave Cook
Fading History Vol. 2

unnamedFading History Vol. 2, has 11 chapters covering a wide range of stories of historical interest. The first chapter looks at the Grand Duchess of Russia’s life in Canada, including the years she lived on Camilla Road in Cooksville. When she first arrived in Canada, she settled on a farm in Campbellville and in an amazing coincidence that brought two European families of note together in a remote farming community in Canada, she sold her Campbellville farm to Wolfgang Von Richthofen, the cousin of WWI German flying ace, the Red Baron (And that’s just the first chapter!)

www.fadinghistory.ca

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