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A Historian's Quest
    to Recover a
     Shared Moment       
       in History

During the traumatic years of the Great War, a young Canadian singer became a sensation within the Russian Empire, performing at charity events and pledging support to an allied nation. A century later, Bertha Crawford's extraordinary journey had been largely forgotten, but a researcher's recent visit to Russia has revealed much about this remarkable figure, and the bond she forged with the Russian people.

JANE COOPER has spent six years reassembling evidence of the life and times of Bertha Crawford. The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna, the author's first full-length biography, is available from FriesenPress.

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