Art + Feminism in the Soo

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit A Thon written in blue of yellow background. Poster.

Last week I helped organize an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Art+Feminism is a "campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia." This year marks the fifth year of the Art+Feminism initiative and since 2014 edit-a-thons have taken place around the world, improving over 11,000 articles in … Continue reading Art + Feminism in the Soo

Fridays by the Fire

Wood burning fireplace at the Old Stone House

Last week I was an invited speaker to the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site's Fridays by the Fire series.  This series runs January to April on Fridays and invites local folks to have lunch in the 'summer kitchen' room of the Ermatinger Old Stone House while listening to a speaker.  The name of the series comes … Continue reading Fridays by the Fire

S is for Signal-boost

Woman speaking into a megaphone

This post was partially inspired by Claire Kreuger's alphabet blog series on colonialism and reconciliation. I've been thinking a lot about signal-boosting as a form of activism recently.  This has in part come from conversations around what work settlers can engage in following the verdict which found Gerald Stanley not guilty in the shooting death … Continue reading S is for Signal-boost

Facilitation and Building Public History Discussion Spaces

A circle of coffee cups on a wood table.

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

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

Canada Wide Wikipedia Edit-A-thon Reflection

Women yelling "[Edit] Cdnhist on green and purple background

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

Wooden bench in fall with leaves on the ground. Poster text reads "design skills for public historians"

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

Rivers Speak Community Play

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Gigidoowag Ziibiik (Rivers Speak) Community Play.  This fantastic project was the culminating event of Thinking Rock Community Arts' efforts to engage community members in story telling and art making.  Since 2013 Thinking Rock has involved over 1500 individuals in hands-on making and storytelling with an emphasis on reflecting … Continue reading Rivers Speak Community Play

Webinar: Editing Wikipedia Part One

The recording of the third Wikpedia focused webinar in the series I’m hosting with Jessica Knapp from Canada’s History Society is now available. I was the main presenter in this webinar and my presentation focused on the basics of editing Wikipedia.  During my talk I tried to answer some of the following questions: Why should we … Continue reading Webinar: Editing Wikipedia Part One