Lecture | Montreal at the Front: Personalities of the Great War


McLennan Library Building Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

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What was life on the home front and life on the front lines like for Montrealers during the First World War?

Join us for an evening of remembrance on the 100th centenary of the end of the First World War. Alexander Reford will explore the impact of the First World War on Montreal and Montrealers through the eyes of ten characters chosen for the exhibition War Flowers / Fleurs d’armes.

While Montreal was far from the battlefields of the Western Front during the First World, the war had a significant impact on the city. Streets empty of young men, ports and factories bustling to supply the war effort, old debates and disputes moving from a simmer to full boil. The entente cordiale that members of the English and French-language communities had built over a decade disintegrated into bitter factions that were not easily reconciled.

Special exhibition and light reception to follow.



Alexander Reford

Historian and author of several books, Alexander Reford is the director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, the producer of War Flowers / Fleur d'armes. Reford turned his attention to Montreal at the Front to prepare background material for the exhibition War Flowers / Fleur d'armes, on display at the Château Ramezay Historic Site and Museum in Old Montréal from October 2018 to March, 2019.


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