NCPH 2018 Excitement and Planning

Next month I'll be heading to Vegas for this year's National Council on Public History conference.   As usual, this conference is shaping up to be the highlight of my academic travel for the year.  If you're on the fence about registration you have until April 4th to complete pre-conference registration. After that date, registration is … Continue reading NCPH 2018 Excitement and Planning

Historical Reminiscents EP 21: Building Collaborative Practices

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How do you coordinate the work of a dozen people who live in geographically different spaces, across multiple time zones? In this week's podcast episode I discuss strategies for working on collaborative projects virtually.  I draw on my experience participating in projects which include participation from individuals across Canada and abroad. I also share some … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 21: Building Collaborative Practices

Art + Feminism in the Soo

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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

Intensive Learning Opportunities

Group of Kings students standing in front of Shingwauk Hall, Algoma University.

Photo: Kings students standing in front of Shingwauk Hall, Algoma University. Earlier this month I had the privilege of hosting over 40 students from King's University College (Western University) during their visit to Algoma University.  The students spent a really long time on a bus traveled to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to spend a couple … Continue reading Intensive Learning Opportunities

Historical Reminiscents EP 20: Open Source Public History

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This week's podcast episode is all about the intersection of open source digital tools and public history.  I talk about ways that digital history and open source communities can enhance public history practice.  I also chat about my favorite open source public history tools. What open source tools or platforms do you use as part … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 20: Open Source Public History

Historical Reminiscents EP 19: Program Evaluation and GLAMs

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This week's podcast episode is focused on program and project evaluation at Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM).  I discuss the importance of having programming goals, the range of ways success can be measured, and different evaluation types. Do you have experience of evaluating programming at a public history site? I would love to hear … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 19: Program Evaluation and GLAMs

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

Historical Reminiscents EP 18: Using Wikipedia As A Teaching Tool

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I chat about the potential ways Wikipedia can be used in the classroom and other educational settings.  I discuss what skills can be learned from editing Wikipedia and I dive into what support is available to instructors wishing to create Wikipedia focused assignments. Do you have experience using Wikipedia … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 18: Using Wikipedia As A Teaching Tool

Historical Reminiscents EP 17: Leadership, Admin, And The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I discuss building admin and leadership skills within public history.  I talk about education gaps, how to gain hands on experience, and the importance of mentorship. How have you worked to build admin or management skills within public history? Leave a comment or send me a message on … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 17: Leadership, Admin, And The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School