Meeting Minutes - Gregory Klages: Many Deaths of Tom Thomson - Nov. 15, 2018
Today’s meeting was opened at 9:58 am by President Martin Alderwick who welcomed all present with a special welcome to the guest presenter, Dr. Gregory Klages. There were 43 members in attendance.
In his opening remarks President Alderwick encouraged members to get their annual flu shot.
Announcements Activities – Ray Biffis - Christmas Luncheon on December 6th at the Victoria Park Golf Club at a cost of $45 per person. The last day to sign up will be Monday, December 3, 2018. Ritchie Zelk will provide the musical background for dinner. - A Valentine’s Day dinner has been scheduled at Ben Thanh Restaurant on Woodlawn Rd. in a private room set up for only the RCMC with a maximum capacity of 38 people on a first-come-first-served basis, so sign-up early. - Visit to the Guelph Art Gallery on January 30th, 2019, time TBA, - Plans are being made for a group event package of 3-games to Storm Hockey Games at the Sleeman Centre for the dates of: Sunday, Jan. 20th, @2:00 pm start vs. Niagara Sunday, Feb. 10th @2:00 pm start vs. Kingston Sunday, Mar. 10th @4:00 pm start vs. Kitchener The hockey game packages are open to bringing spouses and/or guests.
Coffee Club Meeting – Andy Curtis - On alternate Thursdays until mid-December at both the Boathouse or Airpark Café at 10:00 am.
Club Notice/Bulletin Board A volunteer is needed to take over looking after and making up the bi-weekly bulletin board for posting at the entrance to the membership meetings. David Wallace has faithfully handled this duty for the past several years but is now seeking someone to take over this duty.
Julian Sale was called upon to introduce today’s guest.
Dr. Gregory Klages will talk about the historical records relating to the mysterious death of Tom Thompson. How did Tom Thomson die in the summer of 1917? Was landscape painter Tom Thomson shot by poachers, or by a German-American draft dodger? Did a blow from a canoe paddle knock him unconscious and into the water? Was he fatally injured in a drunken fight? Did he end his life out of fear of being forced to marry his pregnant girlfriend? Klage explores these and other fascinating aspects of this renowned Group of Seven painter's death.
Bio: Gregory Klages is a sessional instructor at Guelph-Humber campus in the History department. He has a distinguished career: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 2008-2009 Research Director, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, University of Victoria, 2007-2008 Researcher, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2003-2004 Researcher, Office of Research and Innovation, York University, 2003.
Presentation: Dr. Gregory Klages Editor’s note Dr. Klages provided much information about the numerous myths and theories about the death of Tom Thomson and this can be found in the following link and on the Club website under “More” and “Speakers Notes.” http://manydeathsoftomthomson.blogspot.com/
For much more information read Gregory Klages’ book on the subject, The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson.
Julian thanked Gregory Klages and presented him with a token of appreciation from the Club.
Next meeting: Thurs., November 29th – Gunter Thase "Stories of Gunter's Career in the Global Metals Industry"