(Re) Active Public History Twitter Mini-Con

Poster for Re Active Public History Mini Con with date and hashtag.

NCPH is having it’s first virtual mini-con! Modeled after last year's Beyond 150 Twitter Conference organized by Andrea Eidinger and I, the “(Re) Active Public History" Twitter mini-con will take place October 18-19, 2018. The CFP for this mini-con is now live and is open to submissions until September 7, 2018. Like #Beyond150 the #NCPHActive mini-con … Continue reading (Re) Active Public History Twitter Mini-Con

Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History

Today Active History announced "Beyond the Lecture" a new monthly series dedicated to renewed dialogue about best practices for teaching Canadian history at the post-secondary level.  This series is edited by Andrea Eidinger and I and is open to submissions. How do you approach Canadian history in the classroom? Do you use digital history, public … Continue reading Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History

Sesqui and the Horizon Film

Last week Sesqui and the film Horizon were in Sault Ste. Marie.  If you haven't heard of Sesqui (short for Sesquisentinial) it is is a 360° cinematic experience marking Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.  It's traveling across Ontario using a giant canvas dome to show the film Horizon. The 20 minute film features landscapes from across … Continue reading Sesqui and the Horizon Film

Eight Years of Blogging

I started blogging back in September 2008 as part of a course requirement for a digital history class I took as part of my MA in Public History.  Looking back I have a hard time believing I've kept up with the practice for eight years.  There have been the occasional lulls in my writing but … Continue reading Eight Years of Blogging

NCPH recap: Day Two, March 17

I'm recapping my NCPH 2016 experience.  I wrote yesterday about my experience on the first day of the conference and the LGBT history workshop.  Day two was filled with sessions, connecting with colleagues, and quality discussions. New Member Welcome Day two started off bright and early at 7:30am with the new members breakfast.  As part … Continue reading NCPH recap: Day Two, March 17

Onwards and Upwards

In 2008 I started blogging at Historical Reminiscents.  The original impetus for beginning that blog was an assignment as part of a digital history class.  The blog was much longer lasting than the class and has featured over 400 posts since 2008. This past weekend I imported all those old posts, had a domain registered … Continue reading Onwards and Upwards

Ask A Slave Web Series

The winter issue of The Public Historian included an interview with Azie Mira Dungey the creator of the "Ask A Salve" web series.  Dungey was a living history first person interpreter at George Washington's Mount Veron, where she portrayed Caroline Branham an enslaved housemaid.  The web series draws on her experience working at Mount Vernon … Continue reading Ask A Slave Web Series

Ontario Open Data

The Province of Ontario has announced that it in the process of making government data open by default.  This is part of Ontario's larger Open Government initiative that focuses on open data, open engagement, and open government more generally.   Since November 2012 the Ontario government has been publishing statistics in the open data catalogue.  … Continue reading Ontario Open Data

Virtual Tourism and Audience Engagement

A recent issue of The Public Historian contained an interesting article, "#VirtualTourist: Embracing Our Audience through Public History Web Experience" by Anne Lindsay.  The article highlighted the ongoing challenges that cultural heritage sites in engage new and diverse audiences.  Lindsay focused on the potential of institutional web presence in the development of audience and donor … Continue reading Virtual Tourism and Audience Engagement

Archival Sources: Diaries and Blogs

The Spring issue of Archivaria contains an interesting article by Richard J. Cox titled "Lester J. Cappon and the Creation of Records: The Diary and the Diarist."  The article focuses on the Lester J. Cappon's use of a diary for various functions including: a mnemonic device, documentation of scholarly activities, and a place of personal … Continue reading Archival Sources: Diaries and Blogs