Category Archives: Announcements

Dreaming of What Might Be: Introducing the Graphic History Project as a New Initiative for Radical History and Comics

By Sean Carleton Illustrate! Educate! Organize! The Graphic History Collective (GHC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new comic book about the Knights of Labor in Canada called Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900. The comic book is now available for free on the GHC Website. Dreaming of What Might Be examines… Read more »

Video: Mark Leier – “Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy”

In BC’s rough and tumble resource economy before World War One, labour relations were marked by terrible working conditions, lengthy lockouts, imprisonment, even murder at the hands of company gun thugs. Robert Gosden was a fiery radical who advocated in response strikes, sabotage, and, he hinted darkly, assassination, from Prince Rupert to Vancouver Island to San Diego. But by 1919,… Read more »

Tonight on TVO: A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812

A story that has been two hundred years in the making will have its broadcast debut tonight at 9:00 P.M. on TVO. Narrated by R.H. Thomson, A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812 is a 120 minute cinematic documentary that explores those stories that make the War of 1812 a “modern war”… Read more »

From foie gras to Maple Leaf Gardens: 39th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture look at what’s RIGHT with Toronto’s heritage and history scene

As a number of recent high profile issues have made clear, preserving Toronto’s unique heritage is an ongoing effort full of challenges. However, it’s rare that we stop to celebrate all the things that are right with the city’s heritage and history scene. On Tuesday, October 15th, Heritage Toronto takes time to do exactly that at the 39th Annual Heritage… Read more »

Vancouver lecture series: “Heroes and Villains: Rethinking Good and Evil in History”

Heroes and Villains: Rethinking Good and Evil in History 2013-2014 Lecture Series Presented by the Department of History at SFU It can be tempting to look at historical figures as either wholly good or wholly evil; as heroes or as villains. Mahatma Gandhi: high-minded hero. Rodrigo Borgia: scheming villain. This perspective contains elements of truth, but also ignores the more… Read more »

Announcement: 2nd Annual ACO Nextgen Design Charette

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The assigned project site is located along Mill St. between Parliament and Trinity Streets in the historic Distillery District of Toronto. The site contains a designated heritage building at the corner of Mill and Trinity Streets. 18-20 Trinity St is a masonry warehouse building, built in 1906 by David Roberts Jr. for the Gooderman and Worts company. It has evolved… Read more »

Open-Letter calling for the release of all relevant documents related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Last week Adele Perry, a historian at the University of Manitoba, spearheaded an open-letter by historians in Canada calling on the Government of Canada to ensure the release of all records related to residential schools and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The letter builds on similar letters and demonstrations by First Nations communities, librarians, archivists and museum… Read more »

Want to Review a Book for ActiveHistory.ca?

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Enjoy reading about the experiences of people who lived in the past?  Love learning about the history of places that mean something to you? ActiveHistory.ca is looking for people outside of the academic history community to review history books for us. Are you not an academic and a regular visitor to our site? Great! Consider writing a book review for us. You… Read more »

Whose Past? A Public Forum on Harper’s Review of Canadian History

Legacy Gallery, June 3rd, 8 pm.  Broad and Yates St., Victoria, B.C. “Whose Past?   A Public Forum on Harper’s Review of Canadian History”  will be a spirited discussion about the Harper Conservatives’ recent moves to review Canadian history through a Parliamentary committee.   The forum will include perspectives from a secondary school educator, an indigenous scholar, a range of generations as… Read more »

Northern History and the Northern Scene

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By Jim Clifford and Sean Graham This week we are publishing a series of posts and podcasts focused on northern history in conjunction with the Northern Scene festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Sean Graham arranged a series of interviews with artists about the role of history in their art. He then ask me to work with historians… Read more »