San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Canadian Historical Documentation & Imaging Group, known as CANADIGM, digitally record the historic sites, documents and artefacts related to Canadian history – especially those the general public might otherwise not have the chance to experience.
The group’s first project is called Souterraine Impressions. It involves documenting, researching and recreating images and carvings made in 1917 by Canadian soldiers hiding from the enemy in underground caves in France prior to the Battle for Vimy Ridge. These First World War soldiers carved into the chalk walls to pass the time, but also to leave behind something by which to be remembered – something which has never before been documented. Some of the men were hidden underground for weeks awaiting orders to join the historic battle.
This was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces worked together for a common purpose and the Battle for Vimy Ridge was not only a great military success but became for Canada a symbol of national unity, achievement and tremendous sacrifice.
CANADIGM Founder and Executive Director, Zenon Andrusyszyn, shall share results of early visits into the tunnels of Vimy Ridge, and next steps for this significant project. Updated material for previous attendees.
When & Where
Virtually unchanged since the last century, Eldon House is London's oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris family as well as a beautiful 19th-century style garden.
Built in 1834 for John and Amelia Harris, this historic home remained in the family until 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. Although surrounded by the city today, the house and its gardens are a place of beauty and tranquility.