Call for Papers – History on the Grand: People and Place, Local and Public History Symposium

The City of Cambridge Archives Board invites you to join them on Saturday October 22, 2011 for History on the Grand, a one day local history symposium being held at Cambridge’s City Hall in Downtown Cambridge Ontario.

The overarching aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for members of the academic community, historical and heritage groups, historical sites, local government representatives, museums, archives and the general public to share research and discuss issues arising from the study of local history and making history public.  The theme of this year’s symposium, People and Place, speaks to a topic that is relevant and significant in both a historical perspective and to the current community.  We hope to attract a wide variety of presenters and papers to discuss the history of immigration and migration to Southwestern Ontario, and the ethnic and cultural groups that make up our communities.

We invite proposals for papers on a wide variety of themes including but not limited to:

  • History of the settlement of our communities
  • History of a particular ethnic/cultural group in our communities
  • Immigration or migration history to Southwestern Ontario
  • Traditions and representations of ethnic/cultural groups in our current communities

Please submit a brief paper abstract, maximum 500 words, plus a brief (1-2 pages) curriculum vitae or biography.

Deadline for submissions is Friday April 29, 2011, and presenters will be notified by Friday June 17, 2011.  For further information and the submission of paper abstracts please contact: Jim Quantrell, City of Cambridge Archives, PO Box 669 Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 5W8 or by email at:

Come to Cambridge in October and spend a day with us on the scenic and historic Grand River.

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