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History Slam 188: Wagon Road North

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-188.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In 1960, Art Downs released Wagon Road North: The Saga of the Cariboo Gold Rush, which immediately became a best-seller. Relying primarily on photos to the tell the story of what happened after gold was found in the British Columbia interior, Wagon Road North was so popular that it was reprinted 5 different times… Read more »

History Slam 187: The Line Between Innovation & Cheating in Curling History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-187.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In recent years, the unwritten rules of sports have gotten a lot of attention. Whether it’s celebrations or expectations on rookies or what constitutes proper respect for your opponent, these ‘rules’ are increasingly recognized as antiquated and no longer relevant to modern athletes. In curling, the unwritten rules have always centered… Read more »

History Slam 186: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ History at the ArQuives

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-186.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The gaps and underrepresentation of certain voices within traditional archival collections is well established. To fill these gaps, community archives are essential as they collect, preserve, and share the stories of people, groups, and events that have helped shaped life in Canada. One of these community archives is the ArQuives, Canada’s… Read more »

History Slam 185: Ottawa’s LGBTQ2+ History & the Village Legacy Project

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-185.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In 2011, a section of Bank Street in downtown Ottawa was designated The Village to commemorate the city’s LGBTQ2+ history. To denote The Village, there are street signs, pride flags, and a permanent rainbow intersection at the corner of Bank and Somerset. In addition to the designation, the Bank Street Business… Read more »

History Slam 184: The Past & Present of Strathcona Park

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/History-Slam-184.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Located on Vancouver Island, Strathcona Provincial Park was established in 1911 by the British Columbia government. Covering 250,000 hectares, the park’s architects had an initial vision of it drawing tourists escaping the stress of modern urban living. Using Banff as a model, there were discussions of how to best create an… Read more »

History Slam 183: American Refugees

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/History-Slam-183.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On January 1, 2015, Rita Shelton Deverell landed at Miami International Airport from Santiago, Chile for what was scheduled to be a brief layover on her way back home to Toronto. When US border agents scanned her passport, they noticed that it listed her birthplace as Houston, Texas. A Canadian citizen… Read more »

History Slam 182: Shelter

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/History-Slam-182-Shelter.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Shelter has its World Premiere tonight as part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. If you’re in Ontario, you can buy tickets to the virtual screening here. In the decade following the Second World War, the population of Toronto doubled, in large part because of a steady influx of immigrants. By… Read more »

History Slam 181: Always Pack a Candle

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/History-Slam-181.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I’m one who believes that, at its core, history is about storytelling. Historians tell the stories of those who came before – and the best historians do so in a way that is both engaging and meaningful to the audience. For some, that has included telling their own stories and using… Read more »

History Slam 180: Gold Fever & Disaster in the Klondike

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/History-Slam-180.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In 1897, as news that gold had been found in the Klondike spread, over 100,000 of people rushed into the region in search of fortune. Unfortunately for many of them, the press typically didn’t highlight the harsh winter conditions in the Klondike, meaning thousands arrived completely unprepared. As the population grew,… Read more »

History Slam 179: Civilians at the Sharp End

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/History-Slam-179.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Every May, the City of Ottawa hosts the annual Tulip Festival to celebrate the relationships built between Canada and the Netherlands during the Second World War. Following the war, the Dutch Royal Family gifted tulips to Canada as a symbol of friendship, in part to commemorates the birth of Princess Margriet… Read more »