Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Krista McCracken

Cookbook on left, right side reads Episode 63: Archival Cookbooks

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 63: Archival Cookbooks

How does food interest with your understanding of the past? In today’s episode I’m talking about food in the archives, historical recipes, and teaching history through food. I’ll also be talking about some of my favourite historical cookbook quirks. Mentioned in this episode: -Sophie Hicks, Active History posts on using food as historical narrative-Madison Bifano,…
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Poster for theme week

Material Culture Theme Week

Active History is organizing a 2020 theme week around material culture. Modeled after the 2019 Museum Theme Week ( this series aims to expand the conversation about material culture and highlight the work of those studying the materiality of the past. We welcome contributions from academics, public historians, museum professionals, makers, community practitioners, and anyone…
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Lego Stormtrooper with footprints in the sand on left. Right side reads "Vicarious trauma in the archives"

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 62: Vicarious Trauma in the Archives

New year, new podcast episode. I’m starting 2020 by talking about vicarious trauma in the archives and the impact of working with traumatic records on archival staff. I discuss emotional labour and strategies for coping with vicarious trauma in the archives.  Mentioned in this episode: -Katie Sloan, Jennifer Vanderluit, and Jennifer Douglas “Not ‘Just My…
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Yellow and Orange embroidery thread

Stitching History: Using Embroidery to Examine the Past

New year, new post about embroidery. My latest piece, “Stitching History: Using Embroidery to Examine the Past” can be found over at This post looks at embroidery samplers as a way to explore personal and social historical narratives. Photo by Esther Ní Dhonnacha on Unsplash

2019 written by a sparkler on black sky

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 61: We Made It

For the last episode of 2019 I’m doing some reflecting, celebrating, and dreaming. I’m talking about some inspirational reads and folks who gave me strength in 2019. I also think a bit about what the upcoming year holds. Mentioned in this episode: –OE Fellows Program-Amazing people: Andrea Eidinger, Skylee-Storm Hogan-Inspiring Authors and Activists: Gwen Benaway,…
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Plant growing out of a stump. Right side reads: Too Much resistence

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 60: Too Much Resilience

In today’s episode I’m focusing on resilience. Resilience can be beautiful. It can be empowering. But it can also be co-opted and used as a systemic tool. Today I’m reflecting on how resilience is often used as a way to encourage productivity and shame those who don’t overcome barriers. Can resilience be a bad thing? …
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Two embroidery hoops with florals

Embroidery as Record and Resistance

My latest piece, Embroidery as Record and Resistance, can be found over at Contingent Magazine. A huge thank you to the Contingent Magazine team for their work, dedication, and innovation in creating a space for history online. My post looks at embroidery, feminist resistance, and protest. Photo – two embroidery hoops by me.

Braided strands of sweetgrass

Building Relationships: Indigenous Knowledge and OER

As part of the Technology + Education Seminar + Showcase (TESS) I had the opportunity to be part of an Ignite session and share some of my eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows (OE Fellows) work. I shared a quick presentation on the intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and Open Educational Resources. You can see my slides…
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Group of bare birch trees, right side reads: Episode 59 Radical Vunerability

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 59: Radical Vulnerability

In today’s episode I’m talking about the practice of radical vulnerability in professional spaces. I discuss the basics of radical vulnerability, provide examples of what this looks like, and reflect on spaces for safe vulnerability. Mentioned in this episode: –Karina Haglen on Twitter, also check out their awesome zines.-Alaina Leary, “Here’s Why You Need to…
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Books on a shelf near a window

Community Archives and Identity

Tomorrow I’m going to be speaking with an Algoma University sociology class about the intersection of community archives and concepts of identity. As folks might imagine, I love talking about the value of community archives so I jumped at this opportunity. You can check out my slides and speaking notes. Photo by JF Martin on Unsplash