The Future of Heritage Plaques

If you’ve ever lived in Ontario, or even visited for a short amount of time, you are bound to notice the blue and gold signs erected around the province. These are heritage plaques were created by the heritage sector of the Government of Ontario, currently called the Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT) (the name has changed…

The Fail Log

My relationship with failure is tricky. I don’t like to fail and even more I don’t like to admit I’ve failed. I have made decisions in the past to give myself the best chance of avoiding failure. But within the past few weeks I have been exposed to a view of the benefits of failure….

Being a Scholar of My Own Local History

For my final digital history project I’ve decided to focus on my local history. I was born and raised in Ajax, Ontario, a town on the outskirts of the GTA that sits on Lake Ontario. Ajax was created after the Second World War as a result of the buildings and community created around the local…

Challenging Heritage

The readings and discussions in all of my classes recently have complimented each other in a unique way. Between discussions on dark history, (mis)representation and inclusivity, and oral history, the ways to use history projects to deal with current social issues has been on my mind of late. We’ve looked at numerous public history projects…

GIS and the Interactive Exhibit

This week in my Digital Public History class we were given an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its applications to Public History. We were taught the basics of using Storymaps to tell a narrative based on both time (history) and space (geography). History and geography were always two of my favourite subjects in…