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Immersed in the Past: Room-Scale Virtual Reality for Public History

Sean Kheraj Last year, I wrote about my early impressions of the possible uses of virtual reality technology for public history and history education. I also led a session in my fourth-year digital history class on virtual reality and its potential for generating a sense of historical presence, an ability to simulate the sensation of standing in past places. I… Read more »

History Slam Episode 113: Studying and Interpreting the Bible

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/History-Slam-113.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the world of history, so much of the work we do is based on interpretation. Whenever we walk into a museum, read a book, and visit a historic monument, we are consuming, at least a little, somebody else’s interpretation of what happened. This isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing,… Read more »

Podcast: The 1860s and the Origins of Canada’s Transitions to Fossil Fuels

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode-04-Ruth-Sandwell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn April 22, 2017, Ruth Sandwell delivered her talk “The 1860s and the Origins of Canada’s Transition to Fossil Fuels.” The talk was part of ‘The Other 60s: A Decade that Shaped Canada and the World,” a symposium hosted by the Department of History at the University of Toronto as part of its Canada… Read more »

History Slam Episode 112: Use and Abuse of Patriotism in Sports

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/History-Slam-112.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The 2018 Paralympic Games came to a close on Sunday, thus completing another Olympic cycle. The next major international sporting event comes this summer when Russia hosts the FIFA World Cup. And right now, March Madness, one of the most bet-upon sporting events on the calendar, has the NCAA in the… Read more »

Living History Installation in Vancouver: MAD CITY, Legacies of MPA

By Megan J. Davies MAD CITY: Legacies of MPA, a historical exhibit at Vancouver’s Gallery Gachet, is based on a radical idea: that people with a psychiatric diagnosis should create and run the support services they need. Using the lens of the past, MAD CITY invites visitors to imagine a mental health system conceived and directed by “experiential experts”: people… Read more »

History Slam Episode 107: Heritage & Human Remains

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/History-Slam-107.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On October 1 at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, a private re-interment ceremony was held for human remains found in 2013 during the construction of the city’s new LRT. The construction project is going right through what used to be Barrack Hill Cemetery, which, before its closure in 1845, was the burial… Read more »

The Monument War: Not just about “History”

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Matthew Sears From Robert E. Lee to John A. Macdonald, the Monument War has now become an international conflict. To those shocked by how quickly this battle has escalated, the anti-monument agitators seem to be the 21st century’s version of 20th century totalitarians, wanting to erase or distort history so that it conforms to the spirit and prejudices of the… Read more »

History Slam Episode 105: Shadow Red

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/History-Slam-105.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death. Earlier this year, I talked with Gregory Klages about Thomson’s death and the many theories that have surrounded it for the past century. But that’s not all that’s been going on to mark the event. Last Thursday, a new art exhibition opened… Read more »

History Slam Episode 103: Reviewing the New Canada Hall at the Canadian Museum of History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/History-Slam-Episode-103-Reviewing-the-New-Canada-Hall-at-the-Canadian-Museum-of-History.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On July 1, 2017, the Canadian Museum of History opened its new Canada Hall to the public. After a multi-year renovation project, which included consultations across the country, there was great anticipation to see what the museum had put together for visitors. The reviews have been generally positive – even if… Read more »

In Conversation II: Archiving and Accessing Canada’s First World War

By Sarah Glassford and Rose Morton Preamble This post is the product of several conversations and a more formal Q&A email exchange between two staff members at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) in Fredericton: Rose Morton is a Reference Archivist, and Sarah Glassford is a summer intern with a background in History. We draw no broad conclusions, but… Read more »