Category Archives: University

“21 Brothers” Screening


Interested in film? Interested in the First World War? Interested in historical films? Saturday April 12th at 7pm is a must attend event sponsored by the HGSA – Western University and Western – Department of History!

21 Brothers is the “Longest One-Shot Film in History”

Come out for a free screening of the movie followed by discussion and refreshments with the director Mike McGuire.

Check out the poster for more details.


Interactive Exhibit Design: The History of Nail Polish and Nail Art

Aha! An idea has formed and I have an understanding of what I need to do to bring it to fruition!

My project will be an interactive history of nail polish! Who knew you could find information out there on nail polish history?! I hope to include sections on: Early Nail Art, North American Nail Art, The Business Side of Nail Polish and Nail Artistry, different Techniques, Types of Polish, and links to neat Nail Art Tutorials that people can do at home.

Using the program Max 6 and an external webcam, I will turn your fingernails into controllers for the interactive exhibit on the various aspects of nail polish history. The first step will be for you to paint your nails predetermined colours (5 or 6 depending on the number of headings I decide to go with). This will allow the webcam and Max 6 to recognize when you select different headings within the onscreen interactive display. You will have to match your fingernail to the colour of the heading you wish to open. When you are finished reading or watching video about the topic, you can use one of your nails to go back (colour to be determined).

As I work through the Max 6 Jitter tutorials I will update you on my progress. But for now, here is a rough drawing of what I want the presentation mode of my interactive nail polish history exhibit to look like.


Volunteering at the Oxford County Archives

Due to my interest in the Public History Master’s Program at Western University, I decided to get some experience in an archive to give me a competitive edge. I emailed the Oxford Historical Society to ask if they had any volunteer opportunities available for the holidays. The Oxford Historical Society, Oxford Genealogical Society and the Oxford County Archives are now all under one roof at 82 Light Street, Court House Square, Woodstock, Ontario. This amalgamation of services allows easy accessibility to all services related to Oxford County history. The Archivist offered me a volunteer position for the holiday season. Last Friday was my first day at the archives. I got the opportunity to tour the facilities and see the vast number of resources that the three groups have in their space. They have a temperature controlled vault containing a lot of their collections and binders and binders of important people of Oxford. After my tour I was given the task of creating an index for a collection of Probate of Wills, Deeds of Separation and Letters of Administration from the early1930’s on. During my 8 hours at the archives I entered approximately 300 into the index and Monday morning I will be continuing the project. After I finished for the day, head Archivist showed me a deed for land near Woodstock from 1801 that the archives are in the process of purchasing. It was so interesting to be able to see and touch something from the area that dates back 211 years! Even parts of the wax seal are still intact and attached with the original ribbon. I will be volunteering for the next four weeks and I hope to learn lots of valuable information about possibly working in an archive in the future. I will provide updates on future projects during my volunteer position in the weeks to follow.


149th Founder’s Day

One of the events that I most look forward to during the school year is Founder’s Day celebrating the founding of Huron College in 1863. This year we celebrated the 149th Founder’s Day, kicking off a year of events celebrating 150 years of Huron College. The event began as it usually does, with alumni, Bishops, students, faculty and staff schmoozing in the Great Hall over free alcohol and snacks. This led to a big surprise that only the Principal seemed to know anything about. Dr. Trish Fulton, former acting Principal of Huron and Reverend Canon Bill Cliff, the Chaplain, were awarded Queen Elizabeth the II Diamond Jubilee Medals. Neither of them had any idea this was going to happen as the shock flooded over both of their faces as everyone in the room began to cheer. I think that this was an amazing thing to have happened in such an intimate setting. We were able to give the recipients hugs and congratulations as well as have a close look at the prestigious award. To find out more about the award or how you can nominate someone visit this website:
After the excitement settled down we were directed to the Kingsmill room for introductory remarks, toasts and Grace. All of which led to the serving of the very delicious beef tenderloin! Over good food and conversation the night wore on as it usually does with laughter and reminiscences. After dinner Dr. Douglas Leighton introduced two historians that enjoy dressing up in costume to perform re-enactments. The re-enactment planned for our viewing pleasure included Isaac Hellmuth and Benjamin Cronyn, dressed in typical 1860’s garb. The men were quite humorous in their retelling of the story of the founding of Huron College and the re-enactment was a welcome addition to the traditional Founder’s Day events.
Huron recognized a New Honorary Fellow, Ms. Roni Srdic, to complete the evening. The Right Reverend Dr. Robert F. Bennett said a blessing after which the room slowly began to empty. However, not before I was able to get a picture taken with Cronyn and Hellmuth.
Overall, great memories were shared and created during the 149th Founder’s Day celebration at Huron University College. Fingers crossed that recent alumni will receive an invitation to the 150th celebrations next year!