One week to go!

In exactly one week I will be meeting up with our group at the airport to head overseas! 🙂

 

Keep Calm

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Canadian Military History Colloquium

This weekend I attended the Canadian Military History Colloquium at Laurier and had the opportunity to hear some excellent presentations on a wide variety of topics – many of which were related to the tour! This year, for the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the theme was “Vimy at 100.” The keynote speakers encouraged us to reconsider Vimy and reflect on some of the common narratives and myths that have emerged over the years – something I think all Canadians should hear. Holger Herwig discussed the German perspective of Vimy, Gary Sheffield reminded us of the place of Vimy within the larger Battle of Arras, and Tim Cook examined how the memory of Vimy has evolved over time. I even bought a copy of Tim Cook’s latest book “Vimy: The Battle and the Legend” and had the opportunity to meet him and have my copy signed. I also found two other books for my research on music and war – and that’s how I justified buying more books!

I also presented my website for my Masters research on Anglo-Canadian popular songs of the First World War. I received a lot of positive feedback about the importance of sharing research with a wider public audience through digital projects like a website, as well as the value of my research on music. It’s been very encouraging heading into the writing process – which I am procrastinating doing by writing this post!

It was also great to be able to meet another student who will be on the tour with me! 🙂
T minus 17 days!

Welcome to my blog!

In exactly one month I will be heading overseas with a group of other university students from across the country on the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour. We will travel to France and Belgium, visiting Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, and the Normandy battlefields.

I decided to make a blog to share my experiences with family and friends while I’m away. Anyone who knows me (or followed my blog while I was in Italy two summers ago) knows that I love to tell stories – this time, my stories will be told from the battlefields!

Right now I’m in the midst of my Masters research, but am taking every chance I get to prepare for the trip. I’ve started crossing off the list of readings to complete before we go, and am preparing the presentations I have to give on site throughout the trip. My “to pack” list is growing, and there’s already a large (possibly too large!) pile in my apartment of items I need to bring with me. Can you tell I’m excited?!

Check back over the next few weeks to hear more about my preparations!