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”

PoWs who Died in Canada – Johann Schäfer

Johann Schäfer was one of the thousands of German soldiers captured in the North African Campaign. A member of the German Afrika Korps, Schäfer was in his early twenties when his war ended in 1941 or 1942. Following a brief period in a primitive internment camp in North Africa, Schäfer and his comrades found themselvesContinue reading “PoWs who Died in Canada – Johann Schäfer”

Mapping the Canadian Forestry Corps in Keppernach (Scotland)

One of my more recent interests is the work of the Canadian Forestry Corps (CFC) during the First World War. The CFC was raised specifically to supply the Allied armies with a desperately-needed resource: timber. Whether it was to needed to support dugouts, hold barbed-wire, or aircraft frames, wood became one of the most basicContinue reading “Mapping the Canadian Forestry Corps in Keppernach (Scotland)”

Canadian Forestry Corps in WWI

A post of mine about the Canadian Forestry Corps in the First World War has just been posted on NiCHE’s The Otter. Based upon some of my research from last year, it briefly examines the transplanting of Canadian forestry methods to British forests. To learn more, click the link below! Exploiting Old World Forests withContinue reading “Canadian Forestry Corps in WWI”

A Long Way From Home

Tucked away in a corner of Kitchener’s Woodland Cemetery lies the final resting place of 187 German Prisoners of War who died in Canada during their internment. One hundred and forty-eight of these men were German PoWs from the Second World War while the remaining thirty-nine were civilian prisoners from the First World War. ThoseContinue reading “A Long Way From Home”

Next Project – Interactive Exhibit Design

This semester I am taking a Interactive Exhibit Design course in which each student designs and creates an interactive exhibit of any shape or form. At the moment, I have two ideas for my project and I’m going to share my first (more on the second later). I am always looking at new ways ofContinue reading “Next Project – Interactive Exhibit Design”

Reconstructing the Past

From October 1943 to October 1945, over 400 German prisoners of war (PoWs) were employed in a woodcutting operation in Manitoba’s 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”

Website Updates

I’ve added some new pages to the website about my research of German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War. These pages can be accessed by click the “PoWs in Canada” at the top right of the page or by clicking here. I’ve also included a list of internment camps in Canada,Continue reading “Website Updates”