As a student one has to learn how to make meals. One of my favourite meals to enjoy is pasta and there are some similarities in making pasta and constructing Oral History Excerpts at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberg Holocaust Education Center where my history internship is occurring.
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When you're on the other side of the desk or inbox, you may not know what goes into completing an information request. To provide a bit more background for researchers, I asked Lucie Handley-Girard, the archivist at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, what it is that an archivist does, and what she wishes researchers understood about her job.
Canadian WW1 Helmet and Remembrance Poppies
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Recently, in my role as a Public History Student with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, I was asked to review a legal opinion written by John A. Macdonald in his capacity as Attorney General of Canada West. In this respect, the text pertained to his opinion on a matter concerning the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Given Macdonald’s role in the perpetuation of policies of discrimination against Indigenous people; I found it odd that the Ministry would consider his opinion on the issue, whereby, his documented antagonism towards First Nations, would no doubt have biased his understanding of the ownership of a given claim. However, upon a closer reading of the relevant texts, it became clear to me, that the value had in interpreting his narrative, afforded a greater appreciation of the historical record. In that, the analysis of Macdonald’s writings offered an interactive understanding of the utility provided by the assessment of a breadth of conflicting primary source documents.
Since I’ve started my internship at University of Toronto News, I have been working on a series about international students at University of Toronto. As an international student myself, I am familiar with both the positive and negative aspects of studying abroad. However, interviewing with various students with various backgrounds made me understand, we all have had similar experiences.
For this post, I compiled four common answers-feelings-thoughts (whatever you want to call) that I’ve got from the international students’ interviews.
In the transcribing I have done up to this point for the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO), one thing has been very apparent in the stories of immigrants from Europe. This "thing", is rather, a phenomenon that seems to take place on a scale in the thousands regarding community populations.
I have begun to theorize that part of the consolidation process for immigrants is actually relying on the work and community involvement people from their same ethnic groups participate in.
Me holding a megalodon tooth from the Discovery Gallery.
Ever wonder how museums acquire rare, antique, or unusual objects? Or what happens after a museum receives an object but before it’s unveiled to the public? From my experiences cataloguing new items for the Learning Department in the Royal Ontario Museum, I’ve learned that the “behind the scenes” work at the museum takes a lot longer and is a lot more hands-on than I expected.
Written by: Shawna Quigley
Date posted: November 25, 2018
Whose stories are included and which communities are left out matters, and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archive recognizes this and is actively working to make changes.
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.