NCPH Award Deadline

The deadline (December 1, 2017) for a number of this year's National Council on Public History (NCPH) awards is quickly approaching. A list of the complete award guidelines and information on past recipients can be found online here.  NCPH offers a range of awards including student travel, consultant projects, and new professional awards.  Two of … Continue reading NCPH Award Deadline

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

Indigenous Women Rebuilding A Nation

For the next couple of months my work will be hosting the Archives of Ontario travelling exhibit A Lifetime - Day by Day, Five Women and Their Diaries.  I booked that particular exhibit with the knowledge that we have lots of material relating to women in the archives that would be excellent to showcase along side … Continue reading Indigenous Women Rebuilding A Nation

Mining History at Dynamic Earth

As part of my recent visit to Sudbury I spent some time at Dynamic Earth.  I remember years ago visiting Sudbury as a child and I have a vague recollection of going underground as part of that visit. But I haven't been back to Dynamic Earth as an adult or visited since it received a … Continue reading Mining History at Dynamic Earth

Creating Exhibits with Small Budgets

It is fairly common for archives, local heritage groups, historical societies, and small museums to have relatively small budgets (or no budgets) for creating displays. Everyone likes the ideas of displays and of putting items from the collection into public view, but finding money for this type of work can be challenging.  When I first … Continue reading Creating Exhibits with Small Budgets

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

I recently spent a few days in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the sixth post in a series about the museums, architecture, public gardens, and art I visited while there.  The first post can be viewed here.Photo credit: Paul Huber While exploring the waterfront on our first day in Chicago we ended up at Navy Pier.  … Continue reading Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

Canadian History at the ROM

First Peoples Gallery. As previously mentioned I recently spent a day at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).  One of the aspects that I struggled with during my visit was the sections of the museum devoted to Canada.  The first floor of the ROM contains the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada and the Daphne Cockwell Gallery … Continue reading Canadian History at the ROM

Exploring History at the Royal Ontario Museum

ROM.  Photo Credit: It_ParisI grew up in a rural community that is within commuting distance to Toronto.  Despite this proximity and my love for museums I never visited the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) while living there.  Last week while visiting family in the area I took the opportunity to explore the ROM for the first … Continue reading Exploring History at the Royal Ontario Museum

First Nations and Inuit Collaboration In Museums

As my recent post on "Community Engagement in Commemoration" mentioned I've been thinking a lot about community involvement in the practices of museums and heritage sites.  The recent issue of Muse contains a short piece, "Redefining First Nations and Inuit Involvement in Exhibit Planning," by Jameson C. Brant that focuses on similar questions of engagement. … Continue reading First Nations and Inuit Collaboration In Museums

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin Performances and Installation

Re-posted from the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.   As part of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s ongoing critical and creative Healing and Reconciliation through Education programming, the SRSC is pleased to announce new, original performances and installations by visiting artists Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto. Peter Morin is a 2014 Sobey Award-nominated Tahltan Nation artist, curator … Continue reading Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin Performances and Installation