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

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

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

Announcing the Historical Reminiscents Podcast

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If you know me chances are you also know I have serious feels about podcasts.  I like them.  A lot.  For over a year I've been tossing around the idea of starting my own podcast.  I went back and forth numerous times on what to create a podcast about -  public history, fandom, or craft … Continue reading Announcing the Historical Reminiscents Podcast

Building Archival Boxes and Custom Enclosures

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Archival boxes are expensive.  Specialty archival boxes that aren't standard sizes are even more expensive.  Acid free enclosures are similarly costly and often simply don't fit all of the unusually sized items in a collection.  So, what is an archivist with a limited budget to do?  Build all the things! Hand making enclosures and boxes … Continue reading Building Archival Boxes and Custom Enclosures

Crafting Bio Statements

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"Can you send us your bio?"  Yes, I can....after I've antagonized over it multiple times and spent hours crafting a single sentence. We've all been at the conference where the speakers are all introduced using lengthy bios that cover everything from education, current academic positions, and every book the individual has wrote.  How much do … Continue reading Crafting Bio Statements

Canada Wide Wikipedia Edit-A-thon Reflection

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It's been a bit over a week since the Canada wide Wikipedia edit-a-thon that was organized by Jessica Knapp and myself.  As the dust has settled I've thought a bit about how the event went and ways in which future events could be improved. Event Successes I was thrilled with the level of participation we … Continue reading Canada Wide Wikipedia Edit-A-thon Reflection

Design Skills: Posters and Outreach

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One of the side projects I'm working on has had me thinking a lot about self-promotion and employment skills.  This thinking has been primarily around what emerging public history professionals should know when they go on the job market and how they can build the strongest resumes and cover letters possible.  Unsurprisingly this line of … Continue reading Design Skills: Posters and Outreach

Outreach, Performance, and Introversion

I've been doing a lot of outreach work recently. For example, this week I'm running education sessions for over 180 high school students.  In most cases the students are visiting in groups of 40-50 to learn about residential schools and the Shingwauk Indian Residential School site. In instances I'm co-teaching these sessions with a residential … Continue reading Outreach, Performance, and Introversion