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THE SELFISH HISTORIAN

Historians are generally a selfish bunch. Typically we study events and people that we can resonate with, that make us feel more connected to the past. I am no exception. Why exactly am I interested in late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century Upper Canada, you may ask? One reason is because I am from Niagara, a place where … Continue reading THE SELFISH HISTORIAN

REFLECTIONS ON THE COMPLICATED LEGACY OF JOHN GRAVES SIMCOE

John Graves Simcoe. No one really knows who he was or what he did, but a better understanding of Simcoe’s character, legacy, and remembrance has important ramifications for Canadians living today. People familiar with AMC’s show Turn: Washington’s Spies, generally Americans in my experience, often remember Simcoe as a loyal, but violent British officer. Simcoe … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON THE COMPLICATED LEGACY OF JOHN GRAVES SIMCOE

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTING AND THE MYTH OF AUTHENTICITY

While working at various heritage sites like Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Old Fort Erie over the last couple years, I have frequently been asked questions about authenticity. “How authentic is your uniform?” or “How authentic is your musket?” Once, while dressed as a Canadian Expeditionary Force soldier from WWI, I was criticized because my … Continue reading HISTORICAL RE-ENACTING AND THE MYTH OF AUTHENTICITY

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