Media and the Historian

A couple weeks ago, I taught my students about scholarly vs. popular history/sources. I wanted to gauge how students perceive scholarly history in comparison to popular history. I asked students to participate digitally with Menti an online polling service and type in their answer from their laptop or phone. (As a side note, this is…

The Public Impostor

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, was a rough day. The whole week of the 28th was rough. As much as I would like to blame my “off-ness” on Mercury being in retrograde, I know it wasn’t it. I have heard people talking about impostor syndrome since school has started and I get it, we all feel…

The Construction of a Battle

You may have heard this story at some point in your life. Whether it was from a parent, a teacher, a textbook, a relative or even the government! It was three years into the Great War, a war that many believe was supposed to have been over by Christmas in 1914. Yet, here they were…

Getting Digital (And Stressed!)

Aside from my first blog post this will probably be the only other blog post where I talk directly about school, my classes and my projects! Mainly, I feel like I have ventured off a little too much in blogging by playing with some bigger historical and academic issues and also I have no other…

This is Halloween

Boys and ghouls of every age, are you ready to learn about something strange? Come with me and you will see and learn the history behind Halloween! This week I wanted to do something more lighthearted than the other topics I have recently written about. So, I am not doing any deep analysis of dark…

Acadian Driftwood

They signed a treaty And our homes were taken Loved-ones forsaken They didn’t give a damn Try to raise a family End up an enemy Over what went down on the Plains of Abraham Acadian Driftwood – The Band What’s in a name? When I meet someone for the first time, I always greet them…

In Defense of the Public Historian

Calling the case of the the Public Historian versus (insert name of person who has ever said public historians aren’t real historians). I am ready for the Public Historian. “Those who might be considering taking up public history need to be aware that some academic historians regard it with disdain, seeing public history as second-class…

Who Owns History?

“History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history…

Darkness on the Edge of Town

If you are ever heading east on the 401 for a fun road trip to Ottawa, Montreal or beyond, you may stop in this little city to stretch your legs. Situated on the mouth of the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui River, this city was once the United Province of Canada’s first capital. Due to the…

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Welcome to the show To the historemix Switching up the flow As we add the prefix Ex-Wives Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Over the past few days, the class that I am a teaching assistant for has been talking about how history has been portrayed on film and television. The topic of history depicted in…