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“Speaking of the Past: History Beyond the Classroom”

National History Forum 2011

Library and Archives Ottawa, Sunday, December 11, 2011


Canada’s History established the National History Forum in 2007 as an opportunity to bring together the diverse range of people who think about history. Whether it is to appreciate history, broaden your perspective of what history is, encourage you to learn from other enthusiasts, or to help you establish new working relationships and opportunities to collaborate — this is the event to attend.

The 2011 forum will give participants a fascinating look inside current research projects, classroom activities, and public history initiatives that demonstrate how lively the world of history can be.

The Forum is now over — thank you to all who attended. Selected video clips are available.

Watch Session 1 - Family Records

Watch Session 2 - Museums & Archives

Watch Session 3 - Community History

We recently spoke with two presenters, Dr. Kevin Kee and Dr. Leighann Neilson, on their upcoming appearance.

Dr. Kevin Kee creator of iPhone app for War of 1812Dr. Kevin Kee is the Canada Research Chair of Digital Humanities and an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Digital Humanities, at Brock University. One of his recent projects, Niagara 1812, is an iPhone app that guides users through the sites, stories, and mysteries of the War of 1812. His presentation at the Forum will focus on history gaming and how new digital technologies are changing how we interact with the past, and each other.

(Length: 13 mins, 21 secs)

Dr. Leighann Neilson of the Canadian Genealogy SurveyDr. Leighann Neilson is an associate professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She is also one of the creators of the Canadian Genealogy Survey, which seeks to understand more about how people approach and use their family history research. Leighann’s presentation at the Forum will share her experience with family history and explore how family records can contribute to our understanding of the past. Learn more about the Canadian Genealogy Survey by visiting its blog. If you are interested in participating, you can complete the survey online (survey closes November 30, 2011).

(Length: 9 mins, 12 secs)

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