Monday, April 22, 2013

Active History - at the National Council on Public History Conference, Ottawa, Canada, April 2013 is one of my favourite reads. Jim Clifford has now written an interesting post on "Active History at the National Council on Public History Conference: held last week in Ottawa, Canada. 

Jim has included brief notes on several of the projects shown or discussed. One of these is the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at Algoma University in Ontario, Canada, a joint project with the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association.

The Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools, operating from 1873 to 1970, were on the now university grounds. This looks to be a great example of what's being done in Canadian genealogy and history with digital on-line archives. See a brief history of Shingwauk Schools here.

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) aims to make the past useful in the present and encourage collaboration between historians and their public. The 2014 NCPH conference will be in California, USA.

Sounds like an energizing conference. Reading a little more about these projects has made me feel so much more optimistic than last week. I'll be watching for more news and views from the conference.

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