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Book launch – She Made Them Family: A Wartime Scrapbook from the Prairies

By Anne Gafiuk
Published by the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

she made them family

In partnership with the Okotoks Museum and the BCMC, the book launch will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre in Okotoks, Alberta, 3 Elma Street East, with a special auction planned to benefit both the BCMC and the Okotoks Museum.

“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 have further enhanced the scrapbook and have 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.

For further information, please contact author Anne Gafiuk, 403-241-2983,, or the Okotoks Museum and Archives, 403-938-8969.