“She Made Them Family: A Wartime Scrapbook from the Prairies” by author Anne Gafiuk will be launched on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre. “She Made Them Family” is based on the World War II scrapbook compiled by Mrs. Alice Spackman of Okotoks.
Mrs. Spackman carefully saved letters, clippings and notes from several local men and women who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Navy and Army during World War II. She also opened her home and became a second ‘mum’ to numerous pilots who were training at the British Commonwealth Elementary Flying Training School near DeWinton, making all of them feel like family.
Author Anne Gafiuk has brought Mrs. Spackman’s scrapbook to life. Hours of additional research and interviews has further enhanced the scrapbook and has resulted in a very unique and personal account of the war years.
Gafiuk will be in attendance at the launch. Several of the World War II veterans who are featured in the book have also been invited to attend. Special Edition copies will be auctioned during the launch with proceeds benefitting the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton and the Okotoks Museum and Archives.
The launch will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre, 3 Elma Street East, Okotoks, AB.
For further information, please contact Anne Gafiuk, 403-241-2983 or the Okotoks Museum and Archives, 403-938-8969.