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November 9, 2017

Topography of Grief

Western’s Public History graduate program, The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, and the Virtual Museum of Canada cooperated on the creation of a virtual exhibit, Topography of Grief: Mapping the Great War Dead in London, Ontario (1914-1921), which highlights the impact of World War One on London families. Read the London Free Press article here.

October 30, 2017

Labatt virtual exhibit highlights work of public history students

Students in the Department of History played a major role in a new project highlighting the 170-year history of one of London’s biggest companies. [More]

October 30, 2017

The Art of Communication: The Unveiling of the Bell Memorial Revisited

Congratulations to PhD candidates, Evan Habkirk and Mary Beth Start on their recent book, “The Art of Communication: The Unveiling of the Bell Memorial Revisited.”

The book celebrates the unveiling the the Bell Memorial in Brantford, Ontario in 1917. The first half of the book explores the hidden messages in the memorial and tracks the memorials history from planning, erecting, unveiling and what the memorial has come to mean for the people of Brantford over the years.

The second part of the book is a reproduction of all the unveiling ceremonies of the memorial in 1917, including the speeches given by Alexander Graham Bell and other dignitaries. Mary Beth and I also researched all the local people mentioned in the transcript, giving them a voice. 

The book was jointly published by the Bell Homestead National Historic Site and the Great War Centenary Association Brantford, Brant County, Six Nations. Books are $20. Lots of Brantford WWI local history in the book.

The Great War Centenary Association (, the Bell Homestead (, and Evan Habkirk ( have copies of this book for sale. Please contact them to get your own copy.

The book was officially launched in Brantford on the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the memorial on 24 Oct.  Lots of pic from the event on the Bell Homestead facebook page.


August 29, 2017

Changes to the Modules in American Studies Have Been Approved

You can find the new requirements here:

Remember that if you already are enrolled in American Studies, you may continue to follow the module requirements that were in place when you entered your module - which you can always find online in the archives section of the Academic Calendar. However, if you like the new modules, you can also follow the new rules. Keep in mind that the software the registrar uses to calculate your progress toward your degree has not yet caught up to these changes - if you are getting weird messages related to this, don't panic. Make an appointment with academic counselling if you are concerned, or wait a few months and try again. Let us know if you have questions or concerns.

July 25, 2017

Haudenosaunee History in Susan Hill's New Book

The Clay We Are Made Of

In The Clay We Are Made Of, Susan M. Hill presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story, through European contact, to contemporary land claims negotiations. [More]

July 25, 2017

Virtual Guided Tours of Historic St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly Neighbourhood

On July 21, 2017, Western News had an article about postdoc Mark Tovey and his exciting new project. Read more here.

June 12, 2017

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Legacy

Prof. Shauna Devine and Prof. Neville Thompson lecture on FDR's legacy was aired on C-SPAN! Please watch it by clicking here:

Ngô Đình Diệm and the Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Photo by Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-342-AF-18302USAF -, Public Domain,

Diệm, accompanied by US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, arrives at Washington National Airport in 1957. Diệm is shaking hands with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Professor Geoffrey Stewart did an interview for the BBC Vietnamese language news service on Ngô Đình Diệm and the April 30, 2017 anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. The interview (in Vietnamese) can be read here:

You can read the translation (by Google Translate) here:

Unrest on NATO’s Eastern Flank

Professor Dyczok is second from the right.

On April 26, 2017, Professor Marta Dyczok was invited to a Spring Conference put on by the NATO Association of Canada in association with the Royal Canadian Military Institute. The topic of the conference was "Crisis Response - Canada and the World". Professor Dyczok spoke in a panel on "Unrest on NATO’s Eastern Flank: Ukraine, Baltic States, Russia".

Woodland Cemetery Project

Woodland Cemetery Project participants

Left to right: Alyssa Szilagyi, MacKenzie Brash, Piotr Dobrzynski, and Sunny Kim

The Woodland Cemetery Project, pioneered by manager Paul Culliton, is in its third year running with plans to recover all of the lost and broken monuments on their property.

Monument restoration work and historical research will be completed by MacKenzie Brash, Piotr Dobrzynski, Levi Hord, Sunny Kim and Alyssa Szilagyi.

MacKenzie Brash will be entering the MA Public History program and Sunny & Alyssa will begin the MA program this Fall.