Living Memorial Conference at Signal Hill Campus, June 22 and 23, 2019

Living Memorial Conference

Canada and Newfoundland in the First World War

Is the memory of Beaumont Hamel clouded by myth? Did the First World War ultimately drive Newfoundland to join Confederation? What happened after the First World War that caused more casualties than the war itself? Explore these questions and more at the Living Memorial Conference, June 22-23, 2019 at the Signal Hill Campus in St. John’s, NL.

Established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives on active service during the First World War, Memorial University created the Living Memorial grant program to empower faculty, staff and students to research, study and commemorate this time period. The Living Memorial Conference will showcase these projects and their authors while also exploring other aspects of the First World War. It will feature nationally-renowed military historians, Drs. Tim Cook and Dean Oliver.

Tickets are available at a cost of $75 (for the conference and banquet) or $50 (for conference only). The banquet will feature Dr. Oliver’s keynote speech and a buffet-style meal. Tickets are limited and on sale now

For attendees travelling from out of town a block of rooms is available at Memorial University’s residence at affordable rates.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this conference that is expected to draw over 100 delegates from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Signal Hill Campus, June 22, 2019

Registration: 0830 hrs - 0930 hrs

0930 hrs – 0940 hrs         Chair: Mr. Bert RiggsOfficial Opening and Introductions
0940 hrs - 0950 hrsWelcome Message from Dr. Gary Kachanoski
President and vice-chancellor
Origin of Memorial University and the Living Memorial program
0950 hrs – 1035 hrsDr. Tim Cook, Keynote SpeakerThe Great War Forever Changed Canada and Newfoundland
1035 hrs - 1045 hrsQuestions and Answers
1045 hrs – 1100 hrsNutrition Break 
1100 hrs - 1105 hrs
Session #1 – Labrador, Aboriginal Peoples and the First World War

Chair: Catharyn Anderson

1105 hrs – 1120 hrsKatherine SideBattle Harbour Nurses
1120 hrs – 1135 hrsAimee ChaulkLabrador’s Contribution to the First World War
1135 hrs – 1150 hrsAnne BudgellThe War and Flu in Labrador
1150 hrs- 1200 hrsQuestions and Answers
1200 hrs- 1300 hrsLunch 
1300 hrs - 1305 hrs
Session #2 – Tools to study the First World War in NL (RESEARCH SESSION)

Chair: Mr. Dan Duda

1305 hrs – 1335 hrsColleen Quigley and David MercerWWI Resources at Memorial University Libraries
1335 hrs - 1345 hrsElizabeth FewerFirst World War Research Tools at The Rooms
1345 hrs – 1355 hrsElsa FlackTips and Tools for researching your ancestry in Newfoundland and Labrador
1355 hrs - 1405 hrsQuestions and Answers
1405 hrs - 1430 hrsNutrition Break
1430 hrs - 1435 hrs
Session #3 – Canadian and International First World War Stories

Chair: Dr. Lucian Ashworth

1435 hrs – 1450 hrsJustin Fantauzzo Malaria, Veterans, and the First World War in Britain
1450 hrs – 1505 hrsHeidi CoombsInfluenza in NL 1919
1505 hrs – 1520 hrsBonnie WhiteA Strange Vindication: Superfluous Women and British Migration to Newfoundland Post-1918
1520 hrs - 1530 hrs
Day 1 Summary

Mr. Bert Riggs

1830 hrs – 2230 hrs


Signal Hill Campus, June 22, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Dean Oliver, National History Museum

“No going back: The First World War in life and legend”


Signal Hill Campus, June 23, 2019

0945 hrs - 1000 hrs
Welcome to Day 2
Mr. Bert Riggs
1000 hrs
SESSION #4 – Author's Showcase

Chair: Ms. Victoria Collins

1000 hrs – 1050 hrsThis session will feature local authors of First World War-themed books, followed by a Q/A session.Frank Gogos, Joan Sullivan, Ed Roberts, Jenny Higgins, Kevin Major
1050 hrs – 1100 hrsQuestions and Answers
1100 hrs– 1130 hrsNutrition Break 
1130 hrs
SESSION #5 – Memorialization of the First World War

Mr. David Brown

1130 hrs – 1145 hrsSean CadiganPolitics and Post-war Memorialization
1145 hrs - 1200 hrsMichael WestcottEnemy Aliens and the Renegotiation of Ethnic Perceptions on the Newfoundland Home Front
1200 hrs – 1215 hrsLCol R.W. BonnellDead Men Advancing: Newfoundland's Myth, Memory and Remembrance of Beaumont Hamel
1215 hrs - 1230 hrsQuestions and Answers
1230 hrs - 1330 hrs 
1330 hrs
Session #6 – Under the knife – Medical Stories of the First World War

Chair: Ms. Terry Bishop

1330 hrs - 1345 hrsSandra MacDonaldThe Sisterhood of Newfoundland Nurses
1345 hrs – 1400 hrsMargot DuleyNurse Mona Loder
1400 hrs – 1415 hrsJim ConnorThe Reconstructed Face of Battle
1415 hrs - 1425 hrsQuestions and Answers
1425 hrs – 1445 hrsNutrition Break 
1445 hrs
SESSION #7 – Short and Long-term implications of the First World War

Mr. Douglas Ballam

1445 hrs – 1500 hrsJeff KeshenFirst World War Impact on the Government of Canada
1500 hrs – 1515 hrsAllison BennettSexual Encounters in First World War Egypt and Salonika and the Problem of Venereal Disease
1515 hrs – 1530 hrsChris ReidPress Forward and Continue the Advance: British Army Tactical Responses to Trench Warfare and the Influence of First World War Tactics on Modern Commonwealth Armies.
1530 hrs - 1540 hrsQuestions and Answers
1540 hrs – 1550 hrs
Conference Summary and Official Closing

Mr. Bert Riggs


WW100 Commemoration Program

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000