Community Support of the Luciano & Edith Della Pergola Fonds

Luciano and Edith Della Pergola were instrumental in bringing opera to McGill University. In 1956, they immigrated from Europe to Montreal, and opened the McGill Opera Studio, which put on over one hundred productions in their thirty years at McGill, and trained a number of students who went on to become famous in their fields. Born in the early 1900s, the Della Pergolas met when Luciano was Edith’s singing teacher. They were married five years [...]



YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre

by Kate I recently had the chance to research the YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre for our boys in WWII. Run by young hostesses, this Centre provided entertainment like dances and splash parties for servicemen in need of a little distraction. I came across some newspaper clippings in the YM-YWHA archival collection that profiled a particularly unique outing offered by the ladies. In the summer of 1944, over 90 Canadian veterans returned home after fighting in Italy [...]

This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library. This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library.

One of the true treasures of the Library has always been its Children’s library. Through there wasn’t a formal space dedicated to children in the Library until 1951, children’s books were always present. In 1919 made up 10% of the Library’s overall collection. Today, the Norman Berman Children’s Library boasts over 30,000 titles. A long cherished program of the Children’s library has been Storytime. Running consistently through many of the years that the JPL has been open, the program [...]

Community Support of the Luciano & Edith Della Pergola Fonds Community Support of the Luciano & Edith Della Pergola Fonds

Luciano and Edith Della Pergola were instrumental in bringing opera to McGill University. In 1956, they immigrated from Europe to Montreal, and opened the McGill Opera Studio, which put on over one hundred productions in their thirty years at McGill, and trained a number of students who went on to become famous in their fields. Born in the early 1900s, the Della Pergolas met when Luciano was Edith’s singing teacher. They were married five years [...]