Graphic Art, Comics, and History

coloured pencils on left hand side of a grey background.

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

Teaching: Select Topics in Community-Based Public History

This fall I'll be teaching HIST 3296: Select Topics in Community-Based Public History at AlgomaU. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity and excited to be able to share my love of public history with students. From the course calendar: The course will introduce students to the theory and practice of community-based public history, with reference … Continue reading Teaching: Select Topics in Community-Based Public History

Reading: Critical Archival Studies

The most recent issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is a special issue focusing on critical archival studies.  The issue is edited by Michelle Caswell, Ricardo Punzalan, and T-Kay Sangwand and it is completely open access. The journal issue tackles the ways in which "records and archives serve as tools for … Continue reading Reading: Critical Archival Studies

Reading: Make Roanoke Queer Again

The latest issue of The Public Historian featured a number of great articles including "Make Roanoke Queer Again: Community History and Urban Change in a Southern City" by Gregory Rosethal. This article explores the specifics of interpreting queer history in Roanoke, Virgina but also focuses more broadly on queer community history projects, resistance through grassroots history, and … Continue reading Reading: Make Roanoke Queer Again

Reading: Interpreting LGBT History At Museums and Historic Sites

Months ago as part of a National Council on Public History annual conference workshop I received a copy of Susan Ferentinos book Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites.  I started reading the book months ago but somehow it managed to get lost in my to-read pile until fairly recently.  This book examines queer … Continue reading Reading: Interpreting LGBT History At Museums and Historic Sites

Reading: Unwritten Histories

A few months ago I stumbled across Andrea Eidinger's Unwritten Histories blog.  If you haven't already come across her site it's well worth a visit.  I've particularly enjoyed her Historian's Toolkit posts and her "What's in My Bag?" series which uses material culture as a lens to examine the past. Andrea has been wonderfully consistent … Continue reading Reading: Unwritten Histories

Friday Reading: ArchivesAware

Last most the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) of the Society of American Archivists launched ArchivesAware a site deigned for those engaged in archival work to share experiences and ideas around raising public awareness of archives. The blog has just started but so far the content has been promising and has showcased a number of … Continue reading Friday Reading: ArchivesAware

Friday Reading: #AHIndigenous Week

This week over at Active History guest editor Crystal Fraser put together an amazing line up of posts from Indigenous scholars in Canada.  For more information on the series as a whole check out Crystal's "Politics and Personal Experience: An Editor's Introduction to Indigenous Research in Canada." Every post in this the series was worth … Continue reading Friday Reading: #AHIndigenous Week

Archival Photo Books: A Century Of Progress

I recently received a copy of A Century of Progress: A Photographic Tour of the 1933-34 Chicago World Fair. The book is a collection of archival photographs from the Chicago Tribune collections documenting the world's fair held in Chicago from 1933-1934 to celebrate the city's anniversary. The fair was marketed as the Century of Progress Exposition and … Continue reading Archival Photo Books: A Century Of Progress

Journal of Western Archives: Native American Archives Special Issue

The current issue of the Journal of Western Archives focuses on Native American Archives.  The articles are open access and on a range of topics including tribal archives, decolonizing archival practice, developing training opportunities for Indigenous archivists, and the challenges faced by archives holding contrived photographs of Indigenous people. I'm still working my way through … Continue reading Journal of Western Archives: Native American Archives Special Issue