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Melina Druga is a freelance journalist, history enthusiast and author. Her focus is on the period 1890-1920 with a particular interest in WW1 and how the war changed the lives of ordinary people. In addition to her books, Melina blogs mostly about history on her website with the goal of educating those who know little or nothing about the topic.
What do a bubbly six year old, a Christian Scientist and a farmhouse boarder have in common? They were all brutally murdered by a person that society least expected. In Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, you’ll travel back to a violent decade – a time when “idiots and morons” were police departments’ first… [Read More]
She had her entire life planned until the Great War began and everything changed. April 1914. Barrie, Ontario. Hettie Steward is feisty, educated, ambitious and stubborn. Her fiancé, Geoffrey Bartlette, the love of her life since childhood, has been a patient man. He waited while she attended nursing school and worked a year, but… [Read More]
How did newspapers report the events of World War 1? How much of the story was the media able to tell? Author Melina Druga asked these very questions and weaves together details from key events in the war using contemporary newspapers as her main source. As a consequence, the events in A Tale of… [Read More]
Delight tempered by disease. On Nov. 11, 1918, the war ends, prompting spontaneous and boisterous parties to erupt in cities throughout the United States and Canada. Joy follows the deadliest month of the Spanish Flu Pandemic, a pandemic that would kill more Americans and Canadians than the war. Part five in the… [Read More]
Like two years earlier, 1917 is a chaotic spring. Canadian troops easily take their objective at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The battle would later be called Canada’s coming-of-age. While newspapers at the time do not use this term, there is a definite sense that something important has occurred. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson… [Read More]
One nation shows valor on the battlefield. Another goes to battle at the ballot box. The Battle of the Somme drags on in Europe and witnesses a new weapon of war – the tank. The battle receives sparse coverage back home, however, as Canadians are preoccupied with a variety of homefront problems. Meanwhile,… [Read More]
Spring 1915 is consumed with two traumatic events. Canadian troops endures a trial by fire at the Second Battle of Ypres. While the Canadians are ultimately successful – to the pride of their countrymen – the battle marks the first widespread use of chlorine gas. The gas moves across the ground like a yellow-green… [Read More]
The story of two North American countries that found themselves embroiled in an European war – one by circumstance and one by choice. June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie are shot and killed by Slavic nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia. At first, the… [Read More]
Considering starting a business? Unsure where to begin? Starting your own business is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do, especially if you’re a woman. It’s also one of the most challenging. Business ownership is fraught with pitfalls ̶ lack of planning, funding, marketing skills, dedication and passion. Enterprising Women: A… [Read More]
Melina Druga interviewed nearly 100 female entrepreneurs and asked them several career defining questions including the one people don’t talk about: Did you struggle when starting your business? The businesswomen did not disappoint, speaking candidly about failure as well as success, self doubt and what the process of launching a business taught them. … [Read More]
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