Historical Reminiscents EP 12: The Myth of Neutrality in Description

New podcast episode! This episode was inspired by Colleen Burgess' and Thomas Peace's recent Active History post "19th Century Legacies in 21st Century Historical Research Practice."  Using their work as a jumping off point I talk about descriptive practices within in archives and museums and discuss standard vocabularies, hegemony, and the challenges of organizational schemes. … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 12: The Myth of Neutrality in Description

Historical Reminiscents EP 11: Healthy Writing Practices

I write a lot. My writing comes in numerous shapes: work related, academic publishing, and personal or reflective writing. In this episode I talk about building a healthy writing practice and some of my favourite tips for developing a writing routine. I discuss the idea of moving beyond word counts and looking at writing in … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 11: Healthy Writing Practices

Historical Reminiscents EP 10: Goal Setting and Building Communities of Care

New year! New podcast episode! In this episode I talk about establishing goals, setting yourself up for success and some of the problems with recent self-care rhetoric.  I also discuss communities of care and creating supportive spaces within the profession where we can lift each other up. Mentioned in this episode: Things you should know … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 10: Goal Setting and Building Communities of Care

Historical Reminiscents EP 09: Demystifying Archival Labour – Access

New podcast episode! In the final episode of my mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I talk about all the access and archival labour feels. I reflect on why access is at the core of what archivists do, why we don't 'just digitize everything', and the challenges of managing researcher expectations. Missed part one of this … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 09: Demystifying Archival Labour – Access

Historical Reminiscents EP 08: Demystifying Archival Labour – Preservation

New podcast episode! In part four of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I discuss preservation best practices and why preservation is a fundamental part of making archival records accessible. I chat about  my favourite resources and tools for teaching about preservation. Missed part one of this series? Listen to it here. Mentioned in this … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 08: Demystifying Archival Labour – Preservation

Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

New podcast episode! In part three of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I tackle the work of archival description and talk about the intellectual work goes into descriptive practices. I also discuss my favourite strategies for teaching about description and the inherent challenges of describing records using RAD.  Missed part one of this series? … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

Historical Reminiscents EP 06: Demystifying Archival Labour – Arrangement

New podcast episode! In part two of the mini-series on "Demystifying Archival Labour" I tackle the work of archival arrangement and talk about how archives are organized, archival arrangement principles and how to teach about arrangement in the classroom. I also discuss the idea of alternative arrangements as a means of shifting away from colonial … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 06: Demystifying Archival Labour – Arrangement

Launch of Historical Reminiscents

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The Historical Reminiscents podcast is dedicated to discussing public history and archival practice. Created and produced by Krista McCracken this weekly podcast discusses archival impulses, shares insight into the world of public historians, and tackles historical interpretations in Canada. Find Historical Reminiscents on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Historical Reminiscents is live for all of … Continue reading Launch of Historical Reminiscents

Announcing the Historical Reminiscents Podcast

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If you know me chances are you also know I have serious feels about podcasts.  I like them.  A lot.  For over a year I've been tossing around the idea of starting my own podcast.  I went back and forth numerous times on what to create a podcast about -  public history, fandom, or craft … Continue reading Announcing the Historical Reminiscents Podcast