At 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Annual General Meeting of the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. will take place in the Coach House at Ruthven Park National Historic Site. The Trust is the not-for-profit, non-government, charitable organization that owns and manages Ruthven Park.
All current members of the Trust and the public are invited to attend the meeting. The guest speaker for the evening will be University of Waterloo Associate Professor Geoffrey Hayes. He teaches in the Department of History, where he explores Canada’s experience in both World Wars. His most recent book “Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-1945” was published this fall by UBC Press. He was born, raised, and currently lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
Professor Hayes’ talk is entitled “Passchendaele and Canada, A Century On,” to reflect the fact that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of this critical WWI battle. Those who have taken a tour of the Thomson Family Mansion at Ruthven Park will remember that Major Andrew Ruthven Thompson, a member of the 4th generation of the Thompson family who called Ruthven Park home at one time, fought and was injured in the Battle of Passchendaele. Therefore, the site and family have an important connection to this topic.
The speaker describes his talk as follows: “The Battle of Passchendaele has become deeply embedded in the popular imagination. This talk explores the context of the battle from a Canadian perspective. What Canadians too often forget is how this costly battle formed a background to two of the most dramatic events in Canadian history.”
We greatly look forward to Professor Hayes’ presentation, and we hope to see you there too!
Mark Your Calendar!
Date: Wedneday, October 11, 2017
Address: 243 Haldimand Highway 54, Cayuga, Ontario, N0A 1E0
Location: The Coach House (site map available at the entrance to Ruthven Park)