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The evidence doesn’t back up the Military Revolution thesis: Jeremy Black (2011)

Museums have a relationship to history, a relationship that’s been explored in some depth. In Theorizing Museums (1996), there’s a reference to Timothy Mitchell’s observation that in nineteenth-century Europe, the museum exhibit was constructed as a simulation of external reality, with a clear sense of separation between the reality and the representation. A European museum-goer […]


What role did Etobicoke residents play in the War of 1812?

The event had a good turnout Gary Miedema of Heritage Toronto did a great job of coordinating the publicity for this event, one of a series of 1812 lectures occurring this year across Toronto. Gary Miedema is Chief Historian and Associate Director at Heritage Toronto. He’s also the author of For Canada’s Sake: Public Religion, Centennial […]


How do you make a Jane’s Walk into a conversation?

During planning for the May 6, 2012 South Long Branch Jane’s Walk, local resident David Switzer pointed out for us a distinction between a Jane’s Walk and a Heritage Walk. We’ve also heard that every Jane’s Walk will be different, depending on who’s involved with it. Thus it may happen that occasionally a Jane’s Walk may be similar to a […]


ISTAR’s 25th anniversary celebration

I was very pleased to see that a report has been posted on the Canadian Stuttering Association website concerning the 25th anniversary celebration for ISTAR, the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research. Here’s the text of the article, written by Jaan Pill: I was very pleased that I had the opportunity to attend the celebration […]


The blurring of boundaries between private and public

A city of one’s own (2008) addresses the distinction between what is private and what is public. The subtitle of the book is: “Blurring the boundaries between private and public.” Chapter 5, by Renaud Le Goix of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, is entitled  “Gated communities: Generic patterns in suburban landscapes?” The chapter argues that “gated enclaves should not […]