The nation marked Remembrance Day last week, but in a very real sense, Guelph has been marking Remembrance Day all year long. This December will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of “In Flanders Field,” a simple 15 line poem that captured the horror, honour, camaraderie and hopefulness of World War One. It was written by an army doctor name John McCrae, and Guelph is his hometown, thus making this centenary very important to the Royal City. So I sought our someone to talk about it.
The person I found was Jessica Gibson, who is the “In Flanders Field” Commemoration Co-ordinator at Guelph Museums. A number of programs have been created through the museums to mark the 100th anniversary of McCrae’s poem including an art show, a new exhibit at the main Civic Museum, the re-opening of the McCrae House museum post renovation, and the unveiling of a new statue of McCrae on the hill between the museum and the Basilica of Our Lady.
Gibson has had her hand in all that. In our conversation last weekend, we talked about the work that the Civic Museum is doing, the new things still being discovered about McCrae and his life and times, and why “In Flanders Field” continues to endure as a symbol of national pride and remembrance.
So let’s get into all things McCrae with Jessica Gibson of Guelph Museums on this edition of the Politicast.
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