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 new experience for me and in the post I explain how they work and reflect on their effectiveness in the classroom.
A huge thank you to Will Hollingshead of the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site for his willingness to collaborate on this project and all of his creative ideas that he brought to our class site visit.
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)
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.
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.
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.