submitted by Donna Ross, MDHS Lecture Series Coordinator

The Merrickville and District Historical Society’s ever-popular Lecture Series continues in November with a Remembrance Day focus. Please join us on Tuesday, November 28, at 7 pm at the Merrickville Legion for Victor Suthren’s presentation, “Ghosts Have Warm Hands: Glimpses of wartime experiences of Canadian men and women, and the prospects now for a future of lasting peace”.

In Suthren’s words: “The experience of war, whether in past worldwide events, or in current conflicts that plague the world, has been for Canadians a traumatic, sometimes horrifying, sometimes uplifting and, on rare occasions, a strangely spiritual existence. Caught up in war, Canadians have shown strength, courage, and resilience that have helped shape us as a nation, and the sacrifices we have made are a source of both pride and sorrow.”

Victor Suthren, former Director General of the Canadian War Museum, will present several vignettes and stories of Canadians in wartime mirroring the wide range of what they experienced and, from the lessons of what they felt and knew, will explore the chances we have for a future without war.  

Suthren was a former Town Councillor, Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford, and former Chair of the Police Services and library boards. He and his wife Lindsay now live in Ottawa.

Please join us on November 28 for this timely lecture to hear Suthren’s thoughts of wartime, past and present. Come to learn and listen to an individual knowledgeable about Canada’s wartime history and enjoy a special sweet treat, compliments of Violets on Main Bakery!  


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