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Below is a listing of our past and on-going projects which have been made possible through the generosity of our donors. By making a gift to LCMSDS, you’re contribution will go a long way in enabling us to hire and inspire students, while at the same time delivering our resources to the public. Please consider supporting our work by clicking here.

 

Canadian Military History (Journal)

Front Cover - Summer 2013Canada’s flagship journal on military history and current military conflict began in 1992, one year after LCMSDS opened their doors. Working closely with the Canadian War Museum, the journal has always sought to bridge the gap between scholars and the general public. The journal provides an opportunity for many of today’s leading young scholars to publish their first article and also serves as a scholarly outlet for more seasoned academics. With a subscription list of over 500, Canadian Military History remains one of our foremost outreach programs.

 

Air Photo Digitization

Air PhotoWe are happy to report that as of 9 August we have succeeded in scanning the vast majority of the air photo collection. The collection – which was used by 1st Canadian Air Photo Interpretation Section (IAPIS) during the campaign in Normandy and Northwest Europe – provides extensive coverage of First Canadian Army’s area of operation in Normandy, the coast north of the Seine in France and Belgium, much of the Netherlands, and the northern sector of the German Rhineland where Canadians fought in February – March 1945. Because the collection will be vital for future research, we are now working hard to design ways to offer our collection to the public on an online platform.

Our goal is to archive the collection online in an intuitive and highly accessible fashion. In order to produce for the public a quality archive, we have developed a student-employment program which will not only produce a quality online archive, but also give students hands-on training which will prepare them for future positions, and inspire research.

This program seeks to:

  • reveal the value of our air photo collection to the general public
  • hire students on a part-time basis throughout the school term
  • train students practical archiving methods
  • train students in building a website to store and display our collection

 

War & Memory Battlefield Study Tours

europe 658LCMSDS is renown for its battlefield study tour programs. These tours have brought hundreds of students and teachers to Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany to visit Canadian and international cemeteries, memorials, museums and battlefields. Years of generous support from our donors has made these tours possible, and most importantly for students, affordable.

In 2012, LCMSDS ran the ‘Cleghorn High School History Teachers Study Tour’ in partnership with the Gregg Centre at the University of New Brunswick. The tour provided bursaries to participants whom also had the opportunity to use the tour to obtain a B.Ed or M.Ed credit from UNB.

In 2013 LCMSDS partnered with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Arts to offer a study tour for a course credit. Eighteen undergraduate students and four graduate students toured select Canadian battlefields and cemeteries in an effort to gain a better understanding of the Canadian participation in the first and second world wars. The study tour focused on two elements of both wars, specific Canadian battles themselves, and memories constructed and maintained thereafter […] Read More

We will continue to work with the Canadian Battlefields Foundation and other organizations to promote this important example of active learning.

Contact Information

Matt Baker, Senior Research Associate and Centre Coordinator
[email protected]
(519) 884-0710 ext. 2080

Mailing Address
LCMSDS
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Physical Address
232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON

Business Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed

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