Tag Archives: Canada

It’s August 4th

August 4th is the anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War, and, thus, the anniversary for Canada and the rest of the British Empire that existed back then.  So it’s an appropriate day to highlight our latest post in our centennial series on ActiveHistory.ca.  Here’s the reference:

  • Sarah Glassford, Christopher Schultz, Nathan Smith, Jonathan Weier, “A View from the (Editing) Trenches: Summer 2016 and the Challenges of (Knowledge) Mobilization,” 2 August 2016, ActiveHistory.ca, http://activehistory.ca/2016/08/a-view-from-the-editing-trenches-summer-2016-and-the-challenges-of-knowledge-mobilization/Our Series Wants You - Poster copy

In our piece we reflect on where we have been in the past two years, how this resonates with First World War history in some surprising ways, and we consider where we might be headed.  There is some news about our editorial team, and this nifty promotional poster.

You can download the poster from the post, or from right here.

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Canadian Red Cross History in 120 Objects

The Canadian Red Cross has launched a digital commemoration of its 120 years of history.  I helped out on this project for a few weeks, and I am happy to say that it looks great.

  • The Canadian Red Cross, 120 Years of the Canadian Red Cross, Website, launched June 2016: http://www.redcross.ca/history/home#/?&date=2010.

The digital design is attractive, easily manipulated and read.  The primary aim is to engage visitors, and the virtual exhibit works well, in my naturally biased opinion, as a public history site.  It uses images of items to draw visitors in, and places these items on a timeline going back to 1885, when the Red Cross symbol was first employed in Canada.

And yes, that was during the suppression of the 1885 Rebellion in what became Saskatchewan.  Learn a little about that from the site here and here.  Red Cross history is pretty fascinating.  There were several stories that grabbed my attention back in the Spring of this year, as well as engrossing historical themes.  Most of all, though, I think I was just consistently impressed by the work of the Red Cross as an institution, and the efforts of its personnel and volunteers.  The new website certainly offers plenty of evidence that the Red Cross has an important place in Canadian history, as it has internationally since the movement began in the 1860s.

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Above is a screenshot of a portion of an info-graphic about the Canadian Red Cross, found here: http://www.redcross.ca/about-us/about-the-canadian-red-cross/what-we-do-infographic.

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Not the right John A.

Sometimes I think public institutions make mistakes on social media on purpose, to get a bit of attention.  I do it in the occasional lecture, to see if anyone is listening.  Not always a good idea, by the way, because sometimes they aren’t.

Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 8.13.46 PMAnyway, I saw the tweet shown here at the left recently.  The picture is of John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada.  But the tweet is about John Abbott.  He was Canada’s third PM after 1867, and he was a John A., but this ain’t him in the picture.


Here’s a pic of John Abbott, from his freely accessible Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry.  Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 8.24.21 PM


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