Lest We Forget Workshops


Learn about World War 1 through the stories of the local men and women who lived through it—soldiers, nurses, maybe even one of your relatives.

We offer free, interactive 'Lest We Forget' workshops.

  • Get access to copies of primary documents: records of service, casualty forms, medal cards, medical records and more.
  • Receive 1-2 hours of instruction. This can be spread over 1 or 2 sessions. We will teach you how to explore and interpret historical records, and take notes about your findings.
  • Deepen your understanding of Canada's role in World War 1 through the stories of local people who served at that time. You may be given the chance to share your research with the class.

Sign up for a workshop

  • We offer these workshops to community groups (teens and adults) and school groups (Grade 7 - Grade 12) with at least 5 participants. We can adapt workshops to suit the age group.
  • Workshops are free, and offered between September and June, including evenings and Saturdays.
  • We can host the workshop at any of our branches, or we can come to your school or community group location.
  • If we're offering the workshop in your space, you'll need to arrange a laptop, projector and screen, as well as tables and chairs for participants. We'll arrange everything for workshops in our branches.
  • We provide all the copies of historical records. You are welcome to bring in any relevant documents, if you've already started some research on a particular person.

To book a workshop for your group or class, fill out the form below:

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About the 'Lest We Forget' Project

Our workshops are a part of broader 'Lest We Forget' Project that was started by history teacher, Blake Smith. Inspired by his own research into his Great Uncle's experience during World War 1, Blake realized that the individual stories of Canadians during the war provided a powerful way to connect students to our past. Since its founding in 2001, the project has grown into a pan-Canadian initiative, with several partnerships with public libraries across the country.

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