Immerse yourself in the rich digital history projects of dozens of researchers in Canada. We offer a curated selection of virtual museums, exhibits and experiences.
Recipro: The history of international and humanitarian aid
The Recipro project centers on the convergence of pedagogy, science, and digital humanities. This initiative results from a partnership between the history departments of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. It is made possible thanks to a Shared Online Projects Initiative (SOPI) grant from the vice-provosts of both institutions.
Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
Initiated in 1997, this project is a repository of information regarding cold and unusual cases. It offers educational materials designed for teaching historical methods and Canadian history at both school and university levels. The website has won various awards for making Canadian history more accessible, including the Pierre Berton Award in 2008.
Bridge to Argentina
This bilingual and sometimes trilingual virtual museum narrates the history of immigration to Argentina. Developed in partnership with the Argentine Museum of Immigration, the site offers a range of engaging features including interactive exhibits, a “This Day in History” section, and a guided Buenos Aires walking tour. It also hosts the podcast series, “Immigrant Stories and Lives.”
Behind the Camera
This website provides “new critical directions on the history of photography, feminist art history, and the history of modern Japan.” It functions as both a database and an educational module, featuring a collection of concise yet informative lecture videos. It also houses a wide array of translated primary source materials, annotated bibliographies, an assortment of images, and an interactive timeline, thereby expanding research opportunities to a wider audience. By amalgamating diverse strands of information, this platform facilitates the identification of meaningful connections and the generation of new scholarly insights. This bilingual website is regularly updated with a variety of modules and features current news and events within its purview.
Punjabi in BC
Created to facilitate a deeper understanding of the Punjabi language in British Columbia, this website features oral history interviews conducted and edited by UBC students and graduates. In addition, the site offers library guides for Punjabi Studies and access to Asian Canadian archival materials. It also boasts a wealth of online resources, including links to blogs, articles, interviews, and an array of other digital materials.
Landscapes of Injustice
Landscapes of Injustice illuminates the difficult history and experiences of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. The platform employs visual elements and draws upon a range of primary materials including first-person narratives and case files. It offers a wealth of educational resources catering to teachers, students, and researchers alike. These resources include materials for elementary and secondary school, a research database, and a digital storytelling website. This project has garnered international attention through coordinated exhibitions in various countries and will be featured in a new partnership project, Past Wrongs, Future Choices [www.pastwrongsfuturechoices.com]. It actively engages in community-based events and makes digitized records available that provide insights into the implementation and consequences of internment.
Explore the rich history, culture, and people of Vancouver’s Chinatown on the immersive bilingual website, Chinatown Reimagined. This visually captivating platform features user-friendly navigation and a community-driven approach, providing a deep-dive exploration of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Through multimedia elements including videos, interactive images, and immersive audioscapes, the site vividly portrays the vibrant history of Chinese Canadians while shedding light on their contributions and addressing challenges and discrimination they faced in Canada.