2017 In Review

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It's December! That means it is annual year end reflection time. As in previous years I'm going to use this post remind myself of all the things I did in 2017.  A year is a long time and accomplishments tend to be immediately celebrated and then forgotten in the hustle of the day-to-day chaos.  I … Continue reading 2017 In Review

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Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

New podcast episode! In part three of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I tackle the work of archival description and talk about the intellectual work goes into descriptive practices. I also discuss my favourite strategies for teaching about description and the inherent challenges of describing records using RAD.  Missed part one of this series? … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

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Digital POWRR Institute Reflections

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Last week I attended the inaugural Digital POWRR Institute in Naperville, IL.  Since 2012, the Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources (Digital POWRR) project has been trying to breakdown digital preservation barriers to a wider range of information professionals.  Building on their past workshop model, the POWRR Institutes are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences, … Continue reading Digital POWRR Institute Reflections

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Professional Service: NCPH 2018 Election

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I'm excited to share some news that I've been sitting on since October - I'm one of the nominees for this year's National Council on Public History (NCPH) Board of Directors election.  I'm honored to be nominated alongside such a great slate of candidates. This year's election is now open to current NCPH members. NCPH … Continue reading Professional Service: NCPH 2018 Election

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Historical Reminiscents EP 06: Demystifying Archival Labour – Arrangement

New podcast episode! In part two of the mini-series on "Demystifying Archival Labour" I tackle the work of archival arrangement and talk about how archives are organized, archival arrangement principles and how to teach about arrangement in the classroom. I also discuss the idea of alternative arrangements as a means of shifting away from colonial … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 06: Demystifying Archival Labour – Arrangement

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Interpretation, Interaction, and Critique at House Museums

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My latest post can be read over at Activehistory.ca.  The post, "Interpretation, Interaction, and Critique at House Museums," discusses using Anarchist Tags in the public history classroom as a way to teach critical thinking skills about heritage spaces and allow students to interact with heritage sites in a new way.  Using the tags was a … Continue reading Interpretation, Interaction, and Critique at House Museums

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Launch of Historical Reminiscents

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The Historical Reminiscents podcast is dedicated to discussing public history and archival practice. Created and produced by Krista McCracken this weekly podcast discusses archival impulses, shares insight into the world of public historians, and tackles historical interpretations in Canada. Find Historical Reminiscents on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Historical Reminiscents is live for all of … Continue reading Launch of Historical Reminiscents

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Facilitation and Building Public History Discussion Spaces

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Facilitating meaningful discussion can be hard.  Many of us have facilitation success and horror stories from the seminar room, a larger classroom setting, or a community outreach program.  Engaged conversations can be a powerful way to learn and provide a sense of shared learning, build on collective intelligence, and allow for diverse viewpoints. The Art … Continue reading Facilitation and Building Public History Discussion Spaces

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NCPH Award Deadline

The deadline (December 1, 2017) for a number of this year's National Council on Public History (NCPH) awards is quickly approaching. A list of the complete award guidelines and information on past recipients can be found online here.  NCPH offers a range of awards including student travel, consultant projects, and new professional awards.  Two of … Continue reading NCPH Award Deadline

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Graphic Art, Comics, and History

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Some days it is really obvious why I love my job.  This week as part of doing lecture and class prep I spent some time revisiting my favourite history themed web-comics, graphic novels, and graphic arts projects. My drawing skills are pretty much nil. But I love the idea of using graphic arts as a … Continue reading Graphic Art, Comics, and History

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