Tri-University Annual History Conference Keynote

Title slide for talk

I am delighted to share that I was the keynote at the Tri-University Annual History Conference on March 9, 2019 in Guelph.  The theme for this year’s conference was “In Small and Large Things Remembered’: Material Culture and History.” Continue reading Tri-University Annual History Conference Keynote

Historical Reminiscents EP 23: Pretty Images With No Strings Attached

Photographs and envelopes on a table. Right side reads "Episode 23: Pretty Images With No Strings Attached"

Images have the power to act as click-bait – photographs can illustrate blog posts, make your professional website more attractive, and help illuminate a historical topic.  In this episode I discuss using creative commons and public domain images as part of your online presence.  I breakdown the types of image licenses and mention some of my favourite places for finding photographs.

I would love to hear about where folks find public domain and creative commons images, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Creative Commons Summary
Europeana Collections
The Met open access policy
Library and Archives Canada on Flickr 
SFU Library guide to finding and using online images

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Nippising Junction Public School

This week’s Northern Ontario Historical Photograph is of the Nippising Junction Public School in 1948. This one room school house was for grades one to four and serviced an area that is now part of North Bay, Ontario.

This photograph is from the Michael Oldfield collection held by the Nippising University Archive. The Archive has a number of interesting collections, including a well documented selection of panoramas. However, the local history website and a number local history projects were completed by the Centre for Community and Oral History which no longer exists.

Main Street Sudbury, circa 1910

This week’s Northern Ontario historical image is of the Main Street of Sudbury, circa 1910. The image is from the Archives of Ontario and is part of the Photographs of the Audio-Visual Education Branch series.

The Archives of Ontario also holds a number of historical maps of the communities within the Sudbury district. Many of these communities were eventually amalgamated to form the City of Greater Sudbury in 2001. The majority of these maps can be found in the Parent plans series, which contains maps showing the status of crown land from circa 1785 to 1970.

Northern Ontario Historical Photo of the Week: Algoma Steel

The idea to do a weekly photo series was inspired by Andrew Smith’s recent Historical Photograph of the Day feature over and on his blog and Kayla Jonas’ blog series on photography of Hamilton buildings. In the upcoming weeks I plan to focus on historical Northern Ontario images and to highlight the variety of sources available for local history research in the North.

This week’s Northern Ontario historical photograph of the week is of the Pickle Line at Algoma Steel (now known as Esar Steel) in Sault Ste Marie. This photo is from the local history collection held by the Public Library in Sault Ste Marie. A number of photographs from the library’s local history collection have been digitized and posted online using OurOntario.