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
I'm overjoyed by how the Active History Archives Theme Week has come together. This week emerged after the 'secret archives' new story and the subsequent response from the archival community. The goal of the theme week is to foster discussion between archivists and historians. Posts in the week tackle issues of archival labour, how private … Continue reading Active History Archives Theme Week
My latest post on "Archives As Activism" can be seen over on Active History. The post explores the connection of archives, activism, and community. It discusses the idea that archives can disrupt social norms by collecting and archiving the work of those outside of mainstream society. The piece also dives into examples of Canadian archives … Continue reading Archives As Activism
My Active History colleague Daniel Ross and I were recently e-interviewed by Risa Gluskin for Rapport the Ontario History & Social Sciences Teachers' Association blog. Our interviews are part of Rapport's Doing History series which profiles "people working in the area of history but not necessarily as history teachers." The interview with Daniel looks at … Continue reading Rapport Active History Interviews
My latest post "Teaching the Legacy of the Sixties Scoop and Addressing Ongoing Child Welfare Inequality in the Classroom" can be found on Active History. This post look at the connection between colonialism, the residential school era and the sixties scoop. It also discusses ways in which historians and educators can incorporate sixties scoop history … Continue reading Teaching the Legacy of the Sixties Scoop and Addressing Ongoing Child Welfare Inequality in the Classroom
My most recent piece is a collaborative post with Skylee-Storm Hogan over at Active History. The post, "Doing The Work: The Historian's Place in Indigenization and Decolonization", looks at the prevalence of the terms Indigenization and decolonization in recent post-secondary conversations. It also examines meaningful ways in which historians can decolonize and Indigenize their practices. … Continue reading Doing The Work: The Historian’s Place in Indigenization and Decolonization
My latest post "Ten Books to Contextualize Reconciliation in Archives, Museums, and Public History" can be seen over at Active History. The post looks at ten books and articles as a starting point for learning about reconciliation, residential schools and indigenous rights in the context of heritage organizations.
At this year's Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual meeting Active History was announced as winner of the 2016 Public History Prize. The Public History Prize is sponsored by the Public History Group of the Canadian Historical Association. The award recognizes work that "achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public … Continue reading CHA Public History Prize
My most recent post "Digital Outreach and Wikipedia in the GLAM Sector" can be seen over on Activehistory.ca. This post looks at why Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) might engage in Wikipedia editing and different possibilities for GLAM organizations interested in editing Wikipedia as a form of outreach.
My most recent post, "Creating the Historical Record in Literary and Personal Archives", can be seen over at Activehistory.ca. This post looks at the specific challenges around historical use of literary archives, the unique nature of documenting creative process, and how historians can use literary archival material. I also look at the Brian Vallée fonds … Continue reading Creating the Historical Record in Literary and Personal Archives