April Fools from Library and Archives Canada

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Yesterday was April Fools, and I think one of the best April Fools jokes I saw was from Library and Archives Canada. They posted on Facebook the following:

Library and Archives Canada April fools post

News Release

Library and Archives Canada’s major acquisition of the declassified journals and military records of Canadian supersoldier James “Logan” Howlett

April 1, 2016 – Gatineau, Quebec – Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Logan was born in 1882 in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, to wealthy landowner Elizabeth Howlett and her grounds-keeper Thomas Logan.

Logan’s journals provide valuable insight into his early life in Canada, including work as a miner in a British Columbia stone quarry, a fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and a homesteader in the Canadian Rockies. His military career spanned multiple conflicts, making his personnel records an unprecedented study in Canadian military history. Logan was gravely wounded in action many times, and gained a reputation as a gritty survivor.

Quick Facts

• WWI: captain in the Canadian Armed Forces (Devil’s Brigade). Fought at Ypres in 1915. Wounded by a sword through the chest.
• WWII: Returned to the Devil’s Brigade in the Second World War, as an allied spy and paratrooper for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion during the Normandy landings on D-Day.
• Cold War: based in Ottawa and Calgary, worked for both CSIS and the CIA.
• Logan later changed his operative name to ‘Wolverine’, and worked with various NGOs.

Canadian Armed Forces Canadian Heritage 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Canadian Security Intelligence Service Canadian War MuseumCanadian Museum of History

  • Image and text from the Library and Archives Canada Facebook page, April 2, 2016.

Just shows that a national body that could be viewed as boring, can have a sense of humor. Love it!

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