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Diving from the Pont D. Luis I, Porto, Portugal. Source: Dale Barbour

Liminal Moments on the Way to & from Guimarães

This is the 4th in a series of posts written by recipients of NiCHE New Scholar Travel Grants to attend the World Congress of Environmental History in Guimarães, Portugal.   Lisbon/July […]

A recently cut cork tree. Source: Melissa Charenko

Portugal’s Cork Industry

This is the 3rd in a series of posts written by recipients of NiCHE New Scholar Travel Grants to attend the World Congress of Environmental History in Guimarães, Portugal.   While […]

Photo by Cameron Muir.  Workshop participants visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Performing our Belonging: A report back from ANU’s 7th biennial Environmental History PhD Writing Workshop

In late May, I travelled to a place on earth almost antipodal to my home in Kingston, Ontario: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. I embarked on this lengthy journey through […]

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Review: How Agriculture Made Canada

Reviewed By: Peter Anderson (Queen’s University) Published: The Otter-NiCHE (July 2014) Peter A. Russell, How Agriculture Made Canada: Farming in the Nineteenth Century. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. […]

Michael Commito lecture, The History of the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt, 2014

Lecture: History of the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt

In 1999, the Ontario Progressive Conservative government abruptly cancelled the spring black bear hunting season amidst growing concerns that the practice was unethical, unsportsmanlike, and was needlessly orphaning bear cubs. […]

Apple trees blooming in late May at the Markham Museum. Photo: Sara Spike

Post-CHESS 2014 Reflections: A Rural Historian in the Suburbs

By Sara Spike The suburbs are often characterized as a liminal space—part city, part country. One of the key lessons of this year’s Canadian History and Environment Summer School (CHESS) […]

Little, Jack, 2013, Patrician Liberal. The Public and Private Life of Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, 1829-1908, University of Toronto Press.

Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière : l’émergence de la conservation des forêts au Canada

Compte rendu Little, Jack, 2013, Patrician Liberal. The Public and Private Life of Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, 1829-1908, University of Toronto Press, 375 p. Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière est […]

Leeds and Liverpool Canal, near Skipton, April
2012. Source: David Zylberberg

Eating Minerals: Fossil Inputs in 18th Century Agriculture

This is the 2nd in a series of posts written by recipients of a NiCHE New Scholar Travel Grant to attend the World Congress of Environmental History in Guimarães, Portugal. Modern agriculture is energy […]

Merle Massie at ESEH Munich, 2013

Why I Love International Conferences

This is the 1st  in a series of posts written by recipients of a NiCHE New Scholar Travel Grant to attend the World Congress of Environmental History in Guimarães, Portugal. As we […]

Bronte Creek Children's Farm

Post-CHESS 2014 Reflections: Park Déjà vu

CHESS’s Saturday excursion into the suburban wilds originated at the Markham Museum, a Toronto suburb located north east of the city. Our visit began with a presentation by two Parks Canada […]

"Read II" by Daniel Go

#EnvHist Worth Reading: June 2014

Every month we 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. Here are […]

A view of what Grey Owl called "Elephant Mountain," from Cabano. Source: Alan MacEachern

Grey Owl at Cabano

For many people around the world, Canadian environmental history probably begins and ends with Grey Owl. Born Archie Belaney in Hastings, England, he moved to Canada in the early 20th century, adopted […]