Interactive Exhibit – Making Progress

If anyone had told me in my undergrad that I would be building a foam and paper model as part of my PhD coursework, I’m sure I would have thought they were crazy. However, here I am, building a scale replica of a PoW camp in an attempt to make an interactive exhibit. I haveContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – Making Progress”

All Bottled Up

Among the many pastimes of German prisoners of war interned in Canada was the building of ships in bottles. Ranging from simple sailing vessels to elaborate models of five-masted barques, ships in bottles were often traded or sold to other PoWs, guards, camp staff, and civilians. While PoWs in smaller camps built them for theirContinue reading “All Bottled Up”

Reconstructing the Past

From October 1943 to October 1945, over 400 German prisoners of war (PoWs) were employed in a woodcutting operation in Manitoba‚Äôs Riding Mountain National Park. Housed in a newly built camp on the shore of Whitewater Lake, the PoWs had better living conditions than the majority of civilians living around the park. When the buildingsContinue reading “Reconstructing the Past”

Lasting Effects: PoWs in Riding Mountain National Park

The following video is the result of a digital history assignment that I’m currently taken. The assignment tasked us with using digital methods to examine a significant or interesting landscape and naturally I chose the site of the Riding Mountain Park Labour Project in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park. For those not familiar with it,Continue reading “Lasting Effects: PoWs in Riding Mountain National Park”

Adventures in Arc – Part I

Having moved over my GIS project over to ArcGIS over the weekend, I though I’d share my progress. While I’m still trying to adapt to differences between QGIS and the Arc family, I can definitely see the advantages in using these programs. Arguably the most significant advantage of ArcGIS is its tools for spatial analysisContinue reading “Adventures in Arc – Part I”

October 26, 1943 – PoWs Arrive in RMNP

Re-blogged from Manitoba’s Prisoners of War October 26, 1943 Dauphin, Manitoba A train with a rather unusual cargo was stopped on the outskirts of Dauphin just before noon. Immediately following the train stopped, armed guards disembarked and established a secure perimeter on all sides of the train while empty trucks from the nearby Air ForceContinue reading “October 26, 1943 – PoWs Arrive in RMNP”

Making Progress with HGIS

Having completed Monday’s HGIS workshop with Don Lafreniere, I have to say that, after going in with experience in Quantum GIS and some ArcGIS, I found the workshop significantly less daunting than my previous time with Arc. Overall, I’m impressed with what ArcGIS has to offer and I’m looking at different ways to incorporate itsContinue reading “Making Progress with HGIS”

GIS on the Go

For this past Monday’s Digital History class, we took a field trip to London’s Victoria Park to better understand what Spatial History offers to both historians and the general public. As part of this, we looked at using the free iOS App iGIS. With the ability to visualize GIS data, including georeferenced images, on aContinue reading “GIS on the Go”

A Note on Sources

This week in our Digital History class, we were asked to comment on how historians can use new technologies to disseminate our sources. In order to do so, we were also asked to talk about our sources and incorporating them into a new, digital history. So what are my sources and what do they haveContinue reading “A Note on Sources”