Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the 2017 HTSI take place?

  • Two days will be held at the Canadian Museum of History (100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8) and four days will be at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8).

Can I receive Graduate-level university credits course for attending the 2017 HTSI?

  • No, the HTSI is not affiliated with a university and therefore does not offer graduate credits. It is possible however for graduate students to receive university credits for attending. We encourage graduate students to apply for a directed studies course with their home university. Both Dr. Catherine Duquette (catherine_duquette@uqac.ca) and Dr. Lindsay Gibson (lgibson@ualberta.ca) are willing to supervise graduate students and can work with the graduate student and their university supervisor to design a course specific to their research interests and needs. Please contact Dr. Duquette or Dr. Gibson to explore this option.

What audience(s) is the HTSI targeted towards?

  • Anyone interested in history education. In past HTSI’s we have had participants from a variety of contexts including museum educators, graduate students, K-12 teachers, academic historians, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and history educators. Participants are introduced to the historical thinking theoretical approach, and then apply this approach to their specific context. In the anonymous feedback forms we solicit at the end of the HTSI, participants have commented that one of the strengths of the HTSI is the diversity of the audience, and how much they learned from people from different contexts involved in history education.

Are HTSI participants required to be directly involved in teaching, writing and/or preservation of history?

  • No. We accept all participants interested in learning more about historical thinking.

Is the HTSI suitable for non-Canadians to attend?

  • Yes. Although the theme of the 2017 HTSI is “Thinking Historically about Canada 150,” and this year’s HTSI is being hosted by two national Canadian history museums, the focus is on deepening participants’ understanding of historical thinking. The examples used to illustrate the historical thinking concepts will be Canadian in focus. International participants will be encouraged to apply historical thinking to their contexts.

Do we have to find our own accommodations while attending the 2017 HTSI?

  • Yes, participants are responsible for finding their own accommodations. We have listed a variety of options for accommodations on the 2017 HTSI page. Additionally we have created a private Facebook group for local attendees to offer billets for out-of-town participants, connect with other participants about sharing accommodations, or offer suggestions for activities and restaurants. If you’re not on Facebook, but would like to request or offer accommodation, please email Rachel Collishaw at rachel.collishaw@gmail.com  

Are there recommended hotels/accommodations during the 2017 HTSI?  

  • We have listed a variety of options for accommodations on the 2017 HTSI page. Please book soon as accommodations are booking up quickly because of the Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa.

Does the HTSI offer sessions in French?

  • All main instructional sessions (Introductions to concepts, application activities, and guest speakers) at the 2017 HTSI will be conducted in English. If there a minimum of five French-speaking attendees then some small group discussions and activities will be led in French by Dr. Catherine Duquette or Dr. Viviane Gosselin. Any official guided tours offered by the Canadian Museum of History or the Canadian War Museums are offered in English or French.

Will the registration fee cover accommodation and other expenses like food?

  • No. Registration only includes conference fees and the group dinner on July 20. Tea, coffee, and water will be provided in the morning and afternoon, but attendees are responsible for looking after their own food.

Are there places to get food at or near the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum?

  • Both museums have cafeterias where food can be purchased. There are a variety of restaurants and cafes near the Canadian Museum of History (we will provide a list of options), but there are fewer options near the Canadian War Museum. If participants are looking for different options near the Canadian War Museum they will have to drive for 5-10 minutes to locations nearby.

Do I have to pay separately for the Group Dinner?

  • No, the group dinner is included in the registration fee. Attendees will have to pay for their own alcohol.

Is the group dinner optional?

  • Yes it is optional, but participants are encouraged to attend (plus it is included in registration fees).

How many hours each day are spent in classrooms?

  • Each day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm (with an hour for lunch). Throughout the day there will be a variety of activities including large group lectures, museum activities, small group “jam sessions”, guest lectures and reading groups. See the program for more specific details.

What is the start and end time each day?

  • We start each day at 8:30 am and end by 4:30 pm. On a few days, optional social events at nearby bars or pubs will be scheduled for a post day drink.

Will there be “homework” assignments to complete in the evenings? 

  • No.

Will I have time during the HTSI to complete the readings?

  • No, readings must be completed ahead of the HTSI.

I can’t be in Ottawa for the group presentations on the last day of the HTSI (July 22, 2017), can I still attend?

  • Yes, you can still attend the HTSI. We strongly encourage all participants to take part in the final presentations, as they are an important culmination to the week.

I have a copy of The Big Six, but where do I find the other readings?

  • The online readings will be shared with you via the 2017 HTSI Google Drive folder. After you register, you will be invited to join the folder.

Is there a concern that the 2017 HTSI will be cancelled?

  • No. The 2017 HTSI will go ahead unless fewer than 20 people register (we are allowing a maximum of 60 people). Given the initial response, we are not anticipating having any difficulty having enough people to run the HTSI.

Can I still register for the 2017 HTSI after the June 15, 2017 deadline has passed?

  • We are allowing a maximum of 60 participants. If there are still spots available after the deadline, you might be able to register. We are expecting that registration for this year’s HTSI will fill up fast.
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