Podcast – Robert Rutherdale on the Local Responses of WWI

November 10, 2014

  ActiveHistory.ca is featuring this podcast as part of  “Canada’s First World War: A Centennial Series on ActiveHistory.ca”, a multi-year series of regular posts about the history and centennial of the First World War.  ActiveHistory.ca is happy to feature the inaugural talk of the Fall 2014 History Matters lecture series: historian Robert Rutherdale’s “Hometown Horizons: […]

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Podcast – Canadian Historians and the Media

November 7, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download On Wednesday May 28, 2014 as part of the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Activehistory.ca sponsored a roundtable discussion on the presence of Canadian historians in the media. The session was chaired by Ian Milligan of the University of Waterloo and featured Ian Mosby (McMaster University), Maureen Lux […]

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Why I’ll wait to visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

November 6, 2014

By B. Trofanenko On September 20, 2014, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) opened its doors to the world. Considering the CMHR a “great national project,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper remarked how the museum will stand for “freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law” and as a “monument to Canada’s embrace of […]

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History Slam Episode Fifty-Five: Celebrating Canada Part 2

November 5, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Last Wednesday we posted the first part of our first ever two part episode in which I talked with Matthew Hayday, Marc-André Gagnon, and Robert Talbot about the Celebrating Canada workshop. Then on Friday we posted a recording of the roundtable discussion that kicked off […]

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A Historian on Catalan Independence

November 4, 2014

By Aitana Guia On November 9, 2014, hundreds of thousands of Catalans, perhaps millions, will print their own unofficial ballots and head to improvised polling stations to cast a vote for independence that nobody else but them will consider valid. Most Catalans opposed to independence will stay at home and lament growing political polarization. The […]

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Crowdsourcing Old Maps Online

November 3, 2014

A little under a year ago the British Library released over a million images on Flickr Commons “for anyone to use, remix and repurpose”. This huge collection of historical images was “plucked from the pages” of digitized 17th, 18th and 19th century books automatically using the “Mechanical Curator,” created by the British Library Labs project. The library hoped that people […]

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Vision in History a public lecture by Dr. Anne Kelly Knowles

November 3, 2014

Vision has influenced many important historical decisions, whether literally – what people could or could not see – or metaphorically, what people imagined or wanted to believe. This lecture examines the crucial role of vision at two junctures in American history. It reveals how antebellum entrepreneurs’ vision of industrial greatness fell afoul of geographical reality, […]

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Podcast – Celebrating Canada Roundtable

October 31, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download On September 18 at the Canadian Museum of History, there was a roundtable discussion on the issues surrounding national celebrations and commemorations in Canada. The roundtable was part of the Celebrating Canada Workshop, which was chaired by Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake. Moderated by Matthew Hayday (University of […]

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Cold Cases: Hypothermia before, and after, Stonechild

October 30, 2014

By Josh MacFadyen [First published by The Otter] The 2013 ice storm left hundreds of thousands of Canadians out in the cold and made some people pause to consider the fragility of urban energy systems in a changing climate. The idea of so many people spending Christmas in the cold made me reflect on some […]

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History Slam Episode Fifty-Four: Celebrating Canada, Part 1

October 29, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Full disclosure: I live in Ottawa and regularly walk past Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial on my way to Library and Archives Canada. For me, last Wednesday was a surreal day and in the week since the majority of the people with whom […]

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