Recent Blog Posts

What I Learned While Handling a World War Two Era Rifle

In my first two weeks at the Royal Canadian Military Institute, I was introduced to several World War Two era rifles, pistols, submachine guns and assault rifles. As someone who is thrilled with the military history of the Second World War, it was a dream to be getting such a hands-on experience. I realized there is much about guns that most of us don’t know until we get our hands on one.

The RCMI in 2017

A Realization of Typhus in the Holocaust. The Challenges faced by Victims of the Disease and Three Tales of Survival.

For my internship at the Ekstien library, I have been responsible for compressing oral histories for the microsite “In their own Words”. When analyzing the oral testimonies, I have focused on camp conditions and the survival strategies of the prisoners. While many remember the Holocaust for the deadly and sadistic methods the Nazis used in murdering, I was surprised at the deadly impact that disease had on the inmates. For many survivors, one difficult challenge in the camps was surviving typhoid fever and survivors developed strategies to overcome the various challenges associated with having the disease. The internship has helped me appreciate the high sanitation standards that I have grown up with.
By: Matthew Halsall 
Posted: October 30th, 2018 

History and Fulfillment: What I’ve Learned After Four Sessions and Thrity One Hours of Historical Transcription


For people involved with the historical process, we know just how important it is to gather information and organize it for the purposes of education, and argumentation. What is interesting however, is how we miss the key features of this information organization which make the practice itself so fulfilling and easier to conduct. 

3 Important Steps You Should Consider When Teaching a Difficult History

How do you acknowledge the human experience of genocide through a small collection of objects and photos without reducing their stories to statistics and dates? These simple but effective steps can help create a safe space for everyone to engage with loaded objects and photos in a way that reveals the multiplicity of perspectives and histories connected to each and every item.

Written by: Shawna Quigley
Date Posted: October 15, 2018

4 Reasons to Check Out University of Toronto News

by Cansu Aydemir

Date Posted: October 14th, 2018

As a person who identifies herself with journalism, luckily, I ended up with an internship at University of Toronto News. Needless to say, I am amazed by the work that they are doing. However, I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of the scope of the network before. Hence, I wanted to remind the others, who like myself have been neglecting this network, to check out the amazing stories that the team puts together. 

How to Make a Better Display

Picture By: Adrian Kawula

Picture By: Adrian Kawula

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wondering about the way I organize things and take great care to make them display nicely. Nobody wants to display a mess or clutter for public viewing. This blog deals with exactly that; how to organize your display so that it is clean, organized and a pleasure to look at. During my internship at the Mississauga Sports Council I learned many new and interesting things (I also had to teach myself some of these things as well). However, as part of my final project I have to prepare a display on Martial Arts in Mississauga. These are the tips and rules that I followed