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Adopt-a-Book Program 2021 – SOLD OUT

The 2021 Adopt-A-Book program final push in support of the Military History Research Centre was a big success, thanks to your support. Your generosity increased the Friends contribution to 75 books, the highest yearly total ever. 

The Friends thank all who supported Adopt-A-Book. Special recognition to Doug Beaton and Louise Fox for their generous donation. 

The 2022 Adopt-a-Book List will be released in the coming months so stay tuned. 

What is this program?

Each year, at the end of January, the Military History Research Centre of the Canadian War Museum provides the Friends charity with a list of titles they wish to acquire for enhancing the Centre’s research capability but are beyond its budget allocation resources.

Why is this program important?

Since the program’s inception over 1,035 titles with a value exceeding $44,000 have been sponsored on behalf of the Military History Research Centre. This generosity has enhanced the Centre’s international reputation, enabling Canadian and global researchers – through the Inter-library Loan Service – to pursue their studies in military history; and by extension add to the public understanding of wars and their impact on societies.

Why should you support this program?

  • Knowing that you are helping to enhance the capabilities of the Military History Research Centre and its international reputation for excellence;
  • Knowing that you have contributed positive and practical support through the Friends charity for the on-going work of the Canadian War Museum as a national treasure.
  • Knowing that each adopted title has your name inserted on the inside cover, hence a permanent record of your generosity; and
  • Knowing that, in addition to your name, you have the ability to recognize another individual or group – living or departed – in tribute, or in memoriam;

How can I support?

Adopt-a-book or books and honour a person you admire.  Here is how.  Go to the Sponsor a Book page and follow the steps. Enter the required information, and in the ‘message box’ insert ‘Adopt-a-Book’ together with the listed number(s) and title(s) you wish to sponsor. If you wish, there is also a further box in which you may enter an ‘in memoriam’ or ‘dedication’. 

Adopt-A-Book Campaign 2021

The books adopted during this campaign will help to ensure that the Military History Research Centre’s library continues to be the best collection of Canadian military history titles in the world. These books are the newest literature in the field, as well as books that help to fill in gaps in the library’s subject matter to ensure a comprehensive look at the subject. This year several titles have been chosen with inter-war and modern themes, as these are becoming more heavily studied areas. There are also titles on Canada’s relations with other countries, studies on foreign military powers, and new views on military theory.

The titles the MHRC library wishes to acquire are listed below. You may of course leave the selection of a title or titles to the campaign coordinator. In the event that a title has already been adopted, the coordinator will assign an alternate title of equal value. The library will then acquire the book(s) and inscribe the name of the sponsor and the “In Memorium” or “Dedication” on a bookplate in each volume.

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