2009 News Archives

A Walk Down Memory Lane:  Historic Homes of the Talbot Street Area

The 2009-10 Public History students recently curated an exhibit stemming from their research on historic homes in the Talbot and Ridout streets area.  The students evaluated their findings for local heritage significance based on the London Built Heritage Resource Evaluation, and presented the results to the Stewardship Committee for the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) this past fall.  The City of London will use these reports in the creation of a heritage conservation district in the Talbot and Ridout streets area.  This exhibit will be on display until March 2010 in the John A. Schweitzer Gallery in the University Archives.

Website Launched

The 2008-09 Public History web exhibit Restoring Perspectives: Life and Treatment at the London Asylum has been launched at http://www.lib.uwo.ca/archives/virtual exhibits/londonasylum/.

Public History Student Publishes Book

Public History student Natalie Dyck recently published The Diary and Memoir of Private Raymond Duval. Duval enlisted with the 244th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and served on the Western Front in battles such as Passchendaele and Amiens. Determined to preserve his memories of the First World War, he maintained a daily record of his experiences in the diary provided to him by the army upon enlistment. After returning to Canada, he wrote several articles recounting his experience in the local newspaper. With the intention to create a public record of what he called “the brighter side” of combat duty, Raymond Duval wrote a memoir in 1954, which provides a more detailed account of his experiences during the war. Natalie's edited version was completed as an assignment in Jonathan Vance's Canada and the First World War class.

Diversity Week and Black History

Melissa Robinson recently created an exhibit on the nineteenth century history of Black communities in Ontario for Huron University College’s Diversity Week in March, a part of the Promised Land project, a SSHRC funded research alliance lead by Dr. Nina Reid-Mahoney. Melissa will continue her work with the project during her internship this summer.