What is History? Part 3

Hudson Bay map from Archives of Manitoba

Hudson Bay map from Archives of Manitoba

Here we go again! Thanks so much everyone for your comments regarding Dr. Morton and Dr. McMahon. I think much of our discussion is leading to new ideas related to this notion of History.

Here is our next contributor: Denise Jones,┬áSenior Archivist, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba. Denise has a unique perspective given her job and how she preserves historical artefacts and how she supports researchers. She is also pretty cool and we will go down to the Provincial Archives to annoy her this year.

What role does evidence, to which she speaks often to, play in history? Think of the historical thinking concepts!

If These Buildings Could Talk!!

This year, students in Grade 11 Canadian History at SJR were asked to explore their own city and discover a building that intrigued them. Over the winter holidays, students ventured out into the arctic temperatures to find a building that has a unique story.

Throughout the winter of 2014 we chose our buildings and then began to do some research through the

At the Archives of Manitoba reviewing a fire atlas.

At the Archives of Manitoba reviewing a fire atlas.

Archives of Manitoba, through the help of City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Office Murray Peterson, and finally through people who had a direct connection with these buildings. Students were asked to obtain an oral history of the building that would provide evidence and research not available in a book or article. In addition, students used the Winnipeg Free Press archives to access more primary sources that would help shed light on the significance of their buildings.

Check out the map and the writing, interviews, and photos that the students have uploaded to the map. Take a walking tour of downtown and use this map to guide you!

Murray Peterson, Historical Buildings Officer, City of Winnipeg

Murray Peterson, Historical Buildings Officer, City of Winnipeg

Feel free to comment on this site with questions or insights about specific buildings!

A big thanks to Denise Jones and the crew at the Archives of Manitoba and to Murray Peterson at the City of Winnipeg. Keep your eyes opened for a coffee book version of the research.