CHESS 2020 ~ keep the dates!

Oil Springs, Ontario

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If you plan to attend the 1-3 June 2020 Canadian Historical Association annual meeting, whose call-for-papers deadline is 15 October — or even if you’re not planning to attend it — plan first to attend NiCHE’s 15th annual Canadian History & Environment Summer School, 29-31 May 2020, also at Western University in London, Ontario.

The theme for CHESS 2020 is energy history, with a specific focus on the 19th century oil industry in Southwestern Ontario — & nearby Pennsylvania. Our American cousins are encouraged to attend. Confirmed speakers include Brian Black and Ruth Sandwell, and we’ll have a full-day field trip to Oil Springs & Petrolia, Ontario.

Plans are also afoot that the weekend closes with a “Public History + Environmental History” workshop, open to both CHESS & CHA attendees. Otherwise, space will be limited for most CHESS events, so watch this space for a “Call for Participants” coming in November.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact CHESS 2020 organizers M. Blake Butler – – or Alan MacEachern – Hope to see you in London!

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I am the author of Becoming Green Gables (spring 2024), The Summer Trade (with Edward MacDonald, 2022), & The Miramichi Fire (2020), & the editor of the print/open-access Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press. I was Director of NiCHE, 2004-15. Contact me at

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