The Ontario Historical Society Webinar – May 24th, 2017.

The OHS is pleased to present the following webinar:

Ontario’s WWI History: 100 Years on at Vimy, Passchendaele and Hill 70

with acclaimed Canadian stage and screen actor, R.H. Thomson.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Where: Online
Cost: $10 OHS members, $20 non-members.

R.H. Thomson’s project The World Remembers – Le Monde Se Souvient shows the names of those killed in WWI in the 100th year after death. The 2017 displays that will appear this fall will show the 700,000 names of those killed in 1917 from Canada and twelve other nations. In building the project, Robert has been exploring the WWI histories of each participating nation and how they differ from Canada’s framing of WWI history.

Robert’s talk will address the contextual frame of Canada’s WWI history and how other nations have framed the events and aftermath of 1914-1918 differently. The ‘frame’ that is consciously – or unconsciously – placed around a nation’s history can sometimes be as influential as the facts contained within the frame.

On the 100th anniversary of the battles of Vimy and Passchendaele, what do we owe to the thousands of Canadians killed in them and are we aware of the frames into which the stories of those events have been placed?


R.H. Thomson is one of Canada’s foremost actor/directors and has received numerous awards over his 35-year career. In 2001, he wrote and performed a highly personal play, The Lost Boys, based on letters written home by his five great-uncles who fought in WWI. Its television version delivered his second Gemini Award. He is currently playing Matthew Cuthbert in the CBC/Netflix series ANNE.

Webinar FAQ

-What is a webinar?

A webinar is a training session done entirely online. Participants are sent a web link in order to join the webinar, which lets them watch the presentation while listening to the speaker. There is no need to travel – you can join a webinar from the comfort of your own home!

-What kind of computer is needed to participate?

Most modern computers are equipped with the necessary components to participate in our webinars – you can join from your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device! In general, you need to have speakers and a moderately fast internet connection. You do not need a microphone to participate, as you’ll just be listening in rather than speaking!

For detailed information on the technical requirements, click here. To test whether your computer will accept our webinar software, called GoToWebinar, click here.