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”

Interactive Model of a PoW Camp!

Well I finally settled on a project for my Interactive Exhibit Design class: an interactive model of the prisoner of war camp in Riding Mountain National Park. Having created a digital model of the camp last semester, I wanted to incorporate that work into something that could theoretically be used for a public display. Here’sContinue reading “Interactive Model of a PoW Camp!”

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‚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”

GIS Day at Western!

Tomorrow, Josh MacFadyen and I will be presenting at Western’s Map and Data Centre for its GIS Day event! If you are interested in learning more about Geographic Information Systems and how we can use use GIS in historical research, come out to see our presentation! The morning’s events begin at 9:30 and Josh andContinue reading “GIS Day at Western!”

Sketchup Learning Curve

Now that I have my GIS basemap to work from, my next project is creating a 3D model of the camp with SketchUp. While I really don’t have any experience with modelling, here’s what I’ve been working on recently. This is one wing of a standard H-Hut that served as barracks for the PoWs atContinue reading “Sketchup Learning Curve”

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”