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Did You Know That…

Now you be the historian

Do you like a good story? Have you ever wondered why things are the way they are today? If you want to understand the past and are not afraid to ask the question "why" then the study of history is for you. History doesn't have to be difficult and it definitely doesn't have to be boring. So read on, if you want to know more…

Every good history starts with a good story; however, finding a good story can sometimes be difficult. Archives are important for anyone trying to find interesting stories. The original, first-hand accounts found in archives -- called primary sources -- are used as building blocks to create stories of lives from the past.

Opening the door to Library and Archives Canada is like turning the key in the lock of a grand treasure chest that holds the memory of our nation. In this archival chest there are grand films and grainy photos, colourful paintings and detailed drawings, secret diaries and public proclamations. There are thousands of secrets waiting to be discovered and thousands of well-loved stories waiting to be re-told. Archives can help us relive some of our happiest moments, or teach us lessons from the sadness of times we would rather forget.

The First World War, or Great War, was an era of emotional extremes in Canada. It was an era of great sorrow and national pride, of fear and hope. If you want to know more about the First World War and how it affected Canada, but don t know where to start, the collections of Library and Archives Canada are for you! This virtual exhibition will suggest some stories that you may want to find out more about. Each suggested story will have a small explanation with several underlined hyper-links in the text. Either click on the hyper-link to find out more on a topic, or click on the links at the end of the text. Again, these topics are just some of the countless stories that surround the First World War. If you don t see anything that interests you at first, go directly to our on-line catalogue for references to other documents, films, photos and art.

Remember, that history is never final! Each history is as different as the people who create it. That means there is lots of room for you to research and write your own story.