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The 100th Anniversary of Armistice, First World War

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soldier on trainOne hundred years ago, at 11am on November 11, bells across Canada signaled the official ending of the hostilities that engulfed Europe and decimated a generation around the globe. This four-year "war to end wars" was over, but it left a legacy that would resonate for many decades, with widespread influence on the arts, culture, science, and technology.

This month, we offer a selection of free programs themed around the First World War, from the Front Lines to the Home Front. Join us!

Music of WWI Concert - Wed November 7 | 7.30-8.30pm | Central

Join Burlington Civic Chorale singers for a musical concert and presentation reflecting on the First World War and the 100th anniversary of its armistice. Register

Passchendaele - Sun November 11 | 1.30-3.30pm | Central - Doors open 30 minutes before show time

During fighting, Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross) of the Canadian `Fighting Tenth' battalion is wounded in action and returned home to Calgary. Diagnosed as neurasthenic, he is honourably discharged and put to work in recruiting troops for the front. When David (Joe Dinicol), the foolish, asthmatic younger brother of Michael's beloved nurse Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas) tries to enlist, Michael sends him away. However, David is persistent. Director: Paul Gross (google.ca)

First World War Censorship - Tue November 13 | 7-8.30pm | Central  ** NOTE start time is 7pm not 7.30pm as previously advertised **

How did men and women serving overseas communicate with their loved ones back in Canada? Learn about letter writing and censorship and try your hand at being a censor. Presented by Museums of Burlington. Register

Medical Advancements Inspired by The Great War** Please note this program is RESCHEDULED to Monday February 25 2019. We're sorry for any inconvenience. **

From the carnage on the front lines came lifesaving medical innovations that we now take for granted, historian Jim Taggart discusses how much influence World War I and medicine had on each other. Registration available but not required to attend this event.

Burlington & the First World War - Tue November 20 | 7-8.30pm | Central

Burlington’s role in the First World War might surprise you. Hear how Burlington residents contributed to the Great War, both at home and overseas. Presented by Museums of Burlington. Register

National Film Board Double Feature | Thu November 22 | 2-4pm | Central - Doors open 30 minutes before show time

And We Knew How to Dancered cross nurse & two soldiers

This screening is the first film in a First World War documentary double feature; Part 2: Front Line, starts at approx 3pm.

This feature documentary profiles 12 Canadian women who entered the male-dominated world of munitions factories and farm labour during World War I. In 1994, aged 86 to 101, these women recall their wartime work experiences and the ways in which their commitment and determination helped lead the way to postwar social changes for women (nfb.ca) (1994)

Front Lines

A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict (nfb.ca). (2008)

Harry's Story, Still - Tue November 27 | 2-3pm | Central

The firsthand account of a First World War infantryman as told through his personal letters. Join local author and Mobile Millinery Museum Director Norma Hillyer Shephard for her exhibit and talk on infantrymen on the front lines during The Great War. Registration available but not required for this event.