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 records end up in archives, the legacy of colonial collecting practices, collaboration within archives, and archival outreach.
The theme week includes the following posts: (I’ll update with hyperlinks to the posts once they are live on Active History)
Many thanks to all of the fantastic archivists who contributed to this series.
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 who have made an effort to collect material relating to activist movements.
Occupy Vancouver signs, 2011. Public Domain image.
Used under CC0.4 license.
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 some of the some of the ideas behind active history and public history. If you are unsure of what active history or public history is Daniel does a great job of breaking down these ideas and showcasing ways in which people can be involved in both active and public history. The interview also includes a segment exploring Daniel’s interest in urban history. My interview discusses my public history roots, how I entered the archival profession and my reconciliation work through the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.
Many thanks to Risa and OHSSTA for showcasing Active History and our work.
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 into their classroom spaces.
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.
I am extremely grateful to Skylee-Storm for her contributions on this piece. I really appreciate her voice and perspectives and it was a delight to work with her on this piece.
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 history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada. Nominations are encouraged on the nature and evolution of public history; the workings of memory, commemoration, and their application in public life; archival practice and policy; museum studies; and the presence of historical events and themes in society.”
I’ve been very fortunate to be part of Active History since 2010 and couldn’t be happier about this announcement. Many thanks to all of our supporters and the hard work of those involved with this project.
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 as an example of the type of material held in archives created by writers and the social history that is often included in these collections.
My most recent post on archival literacy, learning archival research skills, and the role of universities in archival instruction can be seen over at Activehistory.ca. In this post I looked at the publicly funded English language universities in Canada to learn more about what type of archival skills are being taught at the undergraduate level and the role of university archives in providing archival instruction.