I have come across the following Canadian websites, social media items, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.
History Week in Canada
In 1780, Benedict Arnold escaped one day after his treason came to light in what was to become the United States. Arnold, a major-general, and commander of the American Fort West Point, had planned to surrender the fort to the British. He became a colonel in the British army, and later lived in Saint John, New Brunswick. He then returned to England, where he died in 1801.
For more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_Arnold
In 1962, the "Garden of the Provinces" in Ottawa was opened by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
To read more about this park, that is opposite the Library and Archives Canada, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_the_Provinces_and_Territories
(Blog) The Recipe Project
Valarie J. Korinek is the author of this blog, and a Professor of Canadian History at the University of Saskatchewan.
Nova ScotiaDelegates visit area for N.S. Heritage Conference
Pictou County, Nova Scotia hosted the Nova Scotia Heritage Conference.
History-Ed Coleman: First World War humour in Hansford’s stories
Born in 1899, the former Wolfville barber, Cecil Hansford, was 16 when he joined the Canadian Army to fight in the First World War.
Lighthouse mural by Yarmouth artist an attraction for Nova Scotia visitors
A Yarmouth artist has painted a mural of 144 Nova Scotia lighthouses that will meet everybody who takes the ferry from Maine to this Nova Scotian town.
N.B.’s 104th finally gets its due
Regiment’s War of 1812 efforts shown to be more than a footnote.
QuebecThe Treaty of Paris is in town
Quebec City (Quebec) 23 September, 2014 – The Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years’ War between France Britain and Spain. The actual treaty, that was signed on February 10, 1763, is on display at the Musée de la Civilisation starting today, September 23 until October 2nd.
OntarioExcerpt #6 – The First World War: Excerpts from the diary of Woodman Leonard
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Canadian government joins 11th-hour search for John A. Macdonald’s precise birthplace
Barely 100 days before planned celebrations to mark the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in Glasgow, Scotland, the Canadian government has joined in an 11th-hour search for the precise birthplace of the country’s founding prime minister.
Science and Technology museum closed until 2015
The Canada Science and Technology Museum will remain close until at least January 2015 because of mould.
Health unit looks back at its history
A painstaking account of Sudbury's environmental history, going back to 1883, when Sudbury was only a Canadian Pacific Railway Outpost.
Here are the details on the RCAF’s new uniforms and ranks
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) new uniform respects the contributions and sacrifices of airmen and airwomen who served – and continue to serve – with pride and professionalism.
Afghanistan added to Tillsonburg's cenotaph, dedication ceremony planned Oct. 7
Local residents are invited to a special dedication ceremony at the town cenotaph on Tuesday, October 7th to honour members of the International Security Assistance Force who served in Afghanistan.
Can we save McKay Avenue School? Or is our history doomed to be history?
McKay Avenue School, built in 1904, also played host to Alberta’s first legislative assemblies. Today, it’s a school museum, and on the endanger list to be torn down.
Alberta Aviation Museum receives historic air mail letter
The letter was part of the very first air mail delivery in Western Canada, flown from Calgary to Edmonton on July 9th, 1918 by Katherine Stinson, in an insubstantial wood and fabric aircraft.
Bison treaty signed by Alberta, Montana tribes
1st treaty among tribes and First Nations in the area since the 1800sNative tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed.
Aboriginal tourism operator rebuked for opening burial boxes for travellers
The actions of an aboriginal tourism operator in British Columbia who gave some travellers access to ancient burial boxes, including revealing the skeletal remains inside, have been condemned by his fellow First Nations.
Story of the Week
The society’s webpage is changing
In years gone by, I used to go to a society’s website to see what was new with the organization, as well as its events, latest publications, and their yearly executive.
There was so many changes I used to highlight it on my old news summary every week, and later, the Canadian Week in Review, but as time marched on, websites became less and less important, while on the other hand, the Member’s-Only webpages in the majority of a society’s website were becoming more important.
Then, about three years ago or so, the use of blogs by societies became the go-to media of choice for societies. But blogs quickly went out of style, mainly because they needed someone to look after them as people naturally graduated toward them. They needed someone to update them on a daily basis, and it became a hard job to find somebody within the society to take on that responsibility. And then Facebook came into the picture!
In a way, Facebook is their saving grace, because it can do everything that a webpage can do, plus it can add photos, videos, and other people can quickly comment on the posting, so it’s an "everybody" page. People have a feeling that the society belongs to them; whereas, the webpages and even blogs seemed somewhat distant, and there has to be a reason why only about 10% of the genealogy audience reads blogs, while as many as 70% read Facebook to see what is going on (according to a recent survey).
And now Google+ is making inroads on Facebook, although I believe that people are so used to Facebook now, it will be difficult to switch over to Google+. Most of the genealogists I know use Goggle+, along with a combination of Facebook, and yes, even blogs to keep up the date on genealogy news. And with the acquisition of YouTube, and video "Hang Outs", where you can actually listen to a person or people talk about one's favourite subject – Genealogy – it makes for a good combination.
So that is where I see genealogy going these days, until a new idea comes along.
How about you? Have you found that genealogy is cha
Let me know your thoughts, and I might post them in a future issue of CWR!
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The next post will be on 06 October 2014.