Activities and Animation


Lectures related to the temporary exhibition

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition


Winter 2019 Lectures Series

Free for members, 5$ for non-members. No reservation required.

*CANCELED* Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Montréal 14-18

by Terry Copp, military historian and Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University (in English)

*Due to circumstances beyond our control, this lecture is canceled.*

Terry Copp, military historian

How Montréal experienced the war

Drawing from Terry Copp and Alexander Maavara’s digital book Montreal At War 1914-1918, the lecture tells the story of how Montrealers of all classes experienced the war that was supposed to “end all wars.” The public will discover some of the evocative moments in Montréal’s wartime history.

Terry Copp is Professor Emeritus as well as Founder and Director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), a research centre at Wilfrid Laurier University. One of Canada’s leading military historians for the last 50 years, he is the author and co-author of over 20 books and numerous scholarly articles on the Canadian Army’s operations and experience during both world wars. Alexander Maavara is Terry Copp’s main research assistant at the LCMSDS. He is currently completing a Master of History at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Previous Lectures

Monday, January 21, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Fleurs D'ARMES: À la découverte de la botanique de fleurs oubliées

by Céline Arseneault, botanist archivist for the exhibition WAR Flowers (in French)

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Monday, February 11, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Julia Drummond and the Great War

by Elizabeth Kirkland (in English)

Photo of Julia Drummond ©Château Ramezay – Museum and Historic Site of Montréal

Following behind the first contingent of Canadian troops sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Lady Julia Drummond moved herself to London in the autumn of 1914, where she spent the duration of the war contributing her time, wealth, and expertise to the War effort. While there, she established the Information Bureau of the Canadian Red Cross as well as the Maple Leaf Clubs, which offered shelter to Canadian soldiers and officers on leave in the city. This work positioned her as an expert within the Canadian ex-pat community in London, where she circulated in the highest circles of influence and culminated in a very public debate with Sir Samuel Hughes.

In the midst of her tireless patriotic and philanthropic work, she herself experienced the horror of the war in very intimate ways. This presentation will consider Julia Drummond as a citizen, an activist, and, most powerfully, as a mother.  

Lady Julia Drummond is one of 10 key figures highlighted in the WAR Flowers Exhibit. She is associated with the daisy, which symbolizes maternal love in the language of flowers.

Elizabeth Kirkland, Ph.D. History McGill University, is a full-time member of the teaching faculty at Dawson College in the Department of History and Classics. She has two current research projects on the go through the support of the Montreal History Group.  The first looks at the experiences of mourning and grief in Montreal following the First World War. The second explores the political engagement of women prior to the Federal and Provincial franchises being extended to women. In particular, she is exploring the Montreal municipal elections which were open to some women by 1889.  Women, she is finding, were far from politically passive in those years! 

Monday, March 11, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Conférence Olfactive -  Fleurs d'ARMES : une narration immersive et émotive à travers l'art du parfum

by Alexandra Bachand, perfume artist for WAR Flowers exhibition and co-founder of La Grange du Parfumeur (in French)

La Grange du Parfumeur

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Monday, March 25, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

1917 : La crise de la conscription canadienne dans son contexte global

by Carl Bouchard, professor in the department of history of UdeM and CÉRIUM research fellow (in French)

Carl Bouchard

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Monday, April 1st, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

 at the Front – Personalities of the Great War

by Alexander Reford, historian and director of Reford Gardens (in English)

Alexander Reford, director of Reford Gardens

Alexander Reford turned his attention to Montreal at the front to prepare background material for the exhibition War Flowers / Fleurs D’ARMES. Through the eyes of the ten characters chosen for the exhibition, he will explore the impact of the First World War on Montreal and Montrealers.

Montreal was far distant from the battlefields of the Western Front during the First World War. But the war had significant impact on Montreal. It emptied the city of many of its young men for the duration of the war. The port and the city’s factories became part of the effort across the Empire to provide the ships, munitions, food and horses to feed the war effort. The First World War also brought to the boil debates and disputes that had been simmering for decades. Women got the vote and helped elect a Unionist government. But the lasting effects of conscription crippled the Conservative Party for decades.

McGill was prominent in the war. Students were among the most enthusiastic supporters of the war effort. Many graduates assumed positions of leadership in the Canadian Contingent. Captain John McCrae was one of many McGill surgeons to offer emergency medical services to the wounded; he was one of thousands of Montrealers who did not return.

Historian and author of several books, Alexander Reford is the director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, the producer of War Flowers / Fleurs D’ARMES.

Open House

Open House

Did you know that nearly 100 volunteers work at the Château Ramezay every day? They give tours of the museum wearing their period costumes and convey to visitors their enthusiasm for history. On September 23, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides.

Volunteer - Open House

It’s an opportunity to visit the museum and chat with and enjoy the company of experienced guides while learning about the volunteer programs available. Being a volunteer guide at the Château Ramezay is an opportunity to teach others about history and be part of a dynamic group of enthusiastic people. The Ramezay Guides Associations regularly organizes social activities for its members, as well as dinners and visits to other cultural institutions. Training for prospective guides is provided by experienced guides, who enthusiastically share their knowledge.

Each year, the Château Ramezay welcomes thousands of visitors of all kinds. There are students (from elementary to university level), many groups of newcomers improving their language skills, and an increasing number of Québec and foreign tourists who want to learn more about the history of Montréal and Québec.

If you are looking for an interesting and rewarding way to spend your free time, at the Château Ramezay you’ll have an opportunity to do volunteer work, tailored to enthusiastic personalities.

Suivez le Chef !

Suivez le Chef!

Suivez le Chef!

Temporary unavailable.

The tour is offered in French only. 

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Louise Brazeau, Head - Education and Promotion

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