I've written a few times in the past about visiting the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (locally known as the Bushplane Museum) for non-heritage events, namely for musical performances and a community craft show. In both cases the admission to the Bushplane was either free or the proceeds when to the performing artist. Those events were … Continue reading The Bushplane Revisited: A Parent’s Perspective
During a recent workshop on active archives and archives in the classroom my co-presenter brought up the idea of using self-location as a starting point for talking about residential schools and reconciliation. In subsequent days I've had a few conversations with colleagues about the value of using self-location as an instruction tool and how it … Continue reading Self-location and Concepts of Place
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
My latest post, "Public Spaces and Indigenous Land: Whitefish Island," can be seen over at Active History. The post looks at the history of Whitefish Island and the challenges of preserving the history of a space when it is located in a high use area.
While visiting the Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) recently I was able to take in the Gerald Richardson - Life Through The Lens exhibit that was in the Silo Gallery. The exhibit featured many photographs by Richardson that are on loan to the DCMA. Richardson was from Orangeville, Ontario in Dufferin County and is … Continue reading Gerald Richardson – Life Through The Lens
This morning CBC radio's Morning North featured a segment on a recent donation to the Sudbury Archives. Hearing about community archival donations on local media is a rare occurrence so it was nice to see community interest in the Sudbury Archives. Details on the recent donation can be seen here.The Sudbury Archives was established relatively … Continue reading City of Greater Sudbury Archives
It rained a lot while I was in Galway. The rain seemed to come in bursts, it would rain for ten minutes and then it would be sunny, twenty minutes later it would rain for another ten minutes. In my mind a rainy day is a perfect day for a trip to a museum. The … Continue reading Local History and Artwork at the Galway City Museum
Bill Waiser's recent "Parks Prisoners" article in Canada's History examined the role POW camps had in the parks system, with a particular emphasis on the impact of POW labour on the western expansion of Canadian parks. Waiser's article got me thinking about the existence of POW camps in Ontario during World War II. Many of … Continue reading Forgotten Sites: POW Camps in Ontario
Parks Canada recently announced a Northern Ontario heritage GeoTour that combines geocaching and the history of the Northern Ontario region. Details on the GeoTour were a bit difficult to locate initially, as the links provided in my local paper didn't direct users to the correct site and the parks website has a number of geolocation … Continue reading Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour
I have a new post over on Activehistory.ca, "Sudbury: The Journey from Moonscape to Sustainably Green." The post looks at the impact of mining on the environmental landscape in Sudbury and the ongoing efforts to repair the industrial damage to the land.