Kriegsgefangenenpost (Prisoner of War Mail) – Part I

After an unintended hiatus, here is the first of a series of posts about prisoner of war mail. Now you may be thinking this isn’t the most exciting subject or the most exhilarating objects (and I don’t blame you) but there is more to it than it may appear! I have shown a few PoWContinue reading “Kriegsgefangenenpost (Prisoner of War Mail) – Part I”

Interactive Exhibit – Video

Bit of a delay since my last post, my apologies! As I get back into the swing of things, I hope my posts become a bit more regular. Just a quick post today – a short video showing off my project for the Interactive Exhibit Design. Fellow PhD Candidate Steve Marti recorded and produced aContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – Video”

Interactive Exhibit – Final Thoughts

Having presented our exhibits to the class this past Wednesday, we were asked to provide a brief reflection on our projects. While I was happy with how it turned out, there are definitely some things I’d like to change for any future versions. On the physical model, I think a list of the buildings wouldContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – Final Thoughts”

Interactive Exhibit – The Final Product

Today, the Interactive Exhibit Design class is presenting exhibits. For those who are unable to attend, I thought I’d let you know how it turned out. I have to say I am pretty happy with the way the bunkhouses look with Sketchup’s shadow/fog settings turned on (even if they did slow the computer down toContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – The Final Product”

Interactive Exhibit – An Insider’s Look

As of yesterday afternoon, my exhibit is up and running without any hitches! As I was going through my images, I found that I still had some that I hadn’t shown yet. One aspect that I wanted to show in some detail was the interior of the buildings. This, however, is rather complicated as, forContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – An Insider’s Look”

Interactive Exhibit – Details are the Devil

While I knew I wanted to add some detail to my model, I had to narrow down what would be noticeable and, arguably more important, what I was actually able to model. While they may not be the most glamorous or exciting, clothes lines were a necessity and they camp and they also offered meContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – Details are the Devil”

Interactive Exhibit – Back to the Digital Model

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last updated this so I thought I had better show what I have been up to! With the physical model complete, the next step was to work on my digital model. Using my existing model as a base, I wanted to add more detail in order to makeContinue reading “Interactive Exhibit – Back to the Digital Model”

Fourth Symposium of Environmental Historians of Southern Ontario

I am happy to say that I will be presenting at the Fourth Symposium of Environmental Historians of Southern Ontario this Saturday (March 22, 2014). The University of Toronto, with support from NiCHE, is hosting the event which will be focusing on energy and forestry. I will be presenting some of my research about PoWsContinue reading “Fourth Symposium of Environmental Historians of Southern Ontario”

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”