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Baedeker’s London and Its Environs, 1908

London in an Edwardian Guidebook

Step back in time 110 years. You’re visiting London, England, in 1908, maybe for the first time. You want to know everything. Luckily you have a guidebook with you. Beyond the opening hours of the British Museum and the location of Sir Christopher Wren’s tombstone in St. Paul’s Cathedral, what is your guidebook telling you …

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GLAM2018 Summit

Top Tweets from GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) Summit 2018

In frigid Toronto, on January 30, 2018, a beautifully organized Summit for Canadian Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) was hosted by Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Museums Association, and the Ottawa Declaration Working Group. I was thrilled to attend, representing The Ontario Historical Society. It was an extraordinary event, filled with insights from top …

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10 Tips from the AAO Workshop on Research Methods for Genealogy and Local History

I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend the Archives Association of Ontario’s (AAO) recent workshop on Research Methods for Genealogy and Local History, held at the Archives of Ontario in Toronto. The full-day workshop was intended to guide information professionals on how to support their users’ genealogical and local history research needs. Working with …

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Michael Wood's Story of England

In Defence of History on TV

Like many people, I love watching history on television. Bring on the Lucy Worsleys, the David Starkeys, the Tony Robinsons, Dan Snows, Michael Woods, Simon Schamas (especially the Simon Schamas), and the Horrible Histories too. The medium does have its downsides, including potentially invoking the stereotypical Famous Historian in the 1975 film Monty Python and the …

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TVO Civics 101, First Past the Post

How Does the Ontario Government Work?

… or Who Does What, Who’s Who, and What’s Going On? Working with a not-for-profit funded in part by the provincial government, I’ve learned how important it is to (attempt to) understand How Things Work, including Who Does What, Who’s Who, and generally What’s Going On. Living away from Ontario for quite a while, though, I’ve …

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Darn Good Lemon Squares

If you like your lemon squares extra-lemony and your shortbread extra-buttery, this is the recipe for you*. Ingredients Crust: 1 cup salted butter, softened 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Topping: 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 4 eggs 3 lemons, juiced (about 1 …

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