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Model Environments: Engineering the Niagara and St. Lawrence Megaprojects

Something about models fascinates people. I’m not talking about the “super” kind that strut on catwalks. I’m referring to the three-dimensional representation variety. Models are a staple of the heritage […]

Georges Island, McNab's Island, and Halifax Harbour, August 2016

To the Sea, To the Sea (A NEAR-EH Recap)

(With apologies to the Smallest Turtle) On August 12-13, the North East & Atlantic Region Environmental History group (NEAR-EH, formerly the Northeast & Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum, itself the […]

William McFarlane Notman, Royal Tour: lumbering demonstration, Rockcliffe, Ottawa, ON, 1901. Silver salts on film, gelatin silver process. 12 x 17 cm. VIEW-6757, McCord Museum.

Sliding down the Timber Chute: The 1901 Royal Tour of Canada

Editor’s Note: This post is the first in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members of the American Society for […]

Road building in Banff, 1925. Source: Environment and Society Portal; Second Century Club collection.

#EnvHist Worth Reading: July 2016

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

Old Women's Buffalo Jump, Alberta

CHESS 2016 Reflections: Reconciliation and Environment

Editor’s Note: This article features spherical photographs from CHESS 2016. Just click and drag the cursor on the images to get the full view. For me and many of the […]

“North Stars Flieth Here:” On Maps and Humour in Environmental History

In June 1953, Trans Canada Air Lines’s Advertising Department debuted a new in-flight information packet. Available to every passenger on every TCA aircraft, this packet was likely seen by over one […]

View of Mallorca from Santuari de Cura, photo by author

Sustainable Farm Systems in Mallorca

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project For the last five years, the Sustainable Farm Systems project has explored the socio-ecological transition from […]

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Returning From Parts Unknown: A report back from a voyage of exploration to the Laurier Archives

When Julia Hendry, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Wilfrid Laurier Archives, described the primary documents I had been perusing for the previous 5 days as “uncharted territory”, the […]

On The Beach At Trouville by Claude Monet; Source: WikiArt

#EnvHist Worth Reading: June 2016

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

Otto Reinhold Jacobi, "Canadian Fall" (1870). Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Nature of Confederation

Nature mattered to Confederation.[1] In the minds of many of the legislators from the Province of Canada in 1865, the union of the colonies of British North America was providential […]

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Review of Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise?

Reviewed by Katie Cottreau-Robins Gregory M.W. Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise?: Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014. 288 pp. ISBN987-0-7735-4343-0. As […]

Rogers Pass, Albert Canyon, CPR, colour, 1920s?

Hot Summer Photo Contest: Travel, Tourism, and the Environment

NiCHE is holding a Summer 2016 photo contest on the theme of “Travel, Tourism, and the Environment.” The theme is timely, for summer is when environmental historians take to the […]