Podcast: The Sweetest Sounds: Musical Life in Ontario 1880-1920

February 13, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download On October 21, 2014 Madelaine Morrison delivered a talk entitled The Sweetest Sounds: Musical Life in Ontario, 1880-1920 as part of the Ottawa Historical Association lecture series. In her address, Morrison discussed the evolution of the piano and its place in Ontario’s social life during these years. Activehistory.ca […]

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The Allumettières in Sites of Collective Remembering

February 12, 2015

 By Conrad McCallum There has been a renewed interest in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century story of the female match workers at the former E.B. Eddy Match Factory in Hull, Quebec. For me, this is another good example of recent efforts to regionally situate the big themes of social history in Canada. It also illustrates […]

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History Slam Episode Fifty-Nine: Curling in Canada

February 11, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham “It’s not just a rock. It’s forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold. And it may have no practical purpose in and of itself but it is a repository of human possibility and if it’s […]

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Passing the Torch: The CBC and Commemoration in 1964 and 2014

February 10, 2015

By Teresa Iacobelli In 1964, fifty years following the start of the First World War, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) aired the seventeen-part radio series In Flanders’ Fields. Now, at the centenary of the Great War, the CBC has again leaned upon this series as one of its programming highlights to commemorate the anniversary. In […]

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What’s in a Place Name: Adelaide Hoodless and Mona Parsons

February 9, 2015

By Thomas Peace Over the past week, ActiveHistory.ca has run a couple of posts about the politics of naming and local commemoration. These essays reminded me of a debate that Paul Bennett and I had a couple of years ago over the merits of renaming schools as the Halifax school board decided that the name […]

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Podcast: Historical Research on Canada and Beyond

February 6, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For the first time the winners of the two highest distinctions given annually by the Canadian Historical Association met for an exchange with the public and between each other. Jim Daschuk, author of the account of the “forced starvation” of aboriginal peoples in the Canadian plains in the […]

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Saskatchewan Farmland: A Bargain?

February 5, 2015

By Merle Massie Last week, the Saskatchewan government (led by Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party) reset a course direction that had veered off target. That course redirection affects who – along with what – is allowed to purchase Saskatchewan farmland. A Canadian citizen? Come on down. A Canadian-owned corporation engaged in the business of […]

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The Home Archivist – Dust, Mold, and Adhesives, Part I

February 4, 2015

By Jessica Dunkin In the last Home Archivist post, I tried my hand at processing letters from the MacKendrick family collection. At the end of that post, I expressed misgivings about some of the techniques and materials I had used. Since then, I have met with Doris St-Jacques, a paper conservator in the Maps and […]

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More than “Prisoners”: Discovering Welfare History in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Thornhill

February 3, 2015

By Danielle Terbenche In 2012, I began attending Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Thornhill, Ontario. After learning I was a historian, some church members invited me to join the cemetery board. During my first visit to the church’s historic cemetery, I was intrigued by five concrete crosses marking the graves of eight men, dating from […]

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What’s in a Name? Place Names, History, and Colonialism

February 2, 2015

By Kaleigh Bradley But remember that words are signals, counters. They are not immortal. And it can happen – to use an image you’ll understand – it can happen that a civilization can be imprisoned in a linguistic contour which no longer matches the landscape…of fact. Brian Friel, Translations  Brian Friel’s play Translations takes place in 1833, […]

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