Historian looks at the First World War

Carla-Jean Stokes presents First World War in photographs at the Vernon Museum & Archives Nov. 9

  • Oct. 29, 2017 2:30 a.m.

Join historian Carla-Jean Stokes for a talk on Canadian First World War Photography at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives’ next Speaker Series, Nov. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m.

In 1914, photojournalists were banned from the Western Front, and “official” photographers would not be appointed by the Canadian government for another two years. How were Canada’s official photographers hired and trained? What do their photographs tell us of their approach to representing the war? Which images have endured, and which ones have been forgotten?

Stokes has a master’s of history from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a master’s of photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University. She won the 2015 Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for her paper, “British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918 Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario,” (later published in Photographic Canadiana). She has also written blogs and articles for the Laurier Centre for Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and Esprit de Corps magazine. Her special collector’s edition, War Photos, was published by Legion Magazine in May 2016. She works as curator and collections manager of the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon.

Following the presentation, Royal Canadian Legion Poppy ornaments and Vimy pins will be available for purchase in the gift shop. Don’t wait, these will only be available for a limited time!

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Cost is $5/person at the door. For more information, please contact the museum at 250-542-3142, visit www.vernonmuseum.ca or find us on Facebook.

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