I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.
This Week in Canadian History
First long-distance phone call
10 August 1876
Alexander Graham Bell. The world's first long-distance phone call connects the Bell residence with a shoe and boot store in nearby Paris, Ontario.
For more information, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/bell_alexander_graham_15E.html
For Science and Sovereignty!
On August 13, 1913, HMCS Karluk became lodged in pack ice north of Alaska and remained trapped for the next five months before sinking north of Siberia. This was the first Canadian expedition to the Arctic, and it was responsible for the most thorough study of the Arctic at the time. Their work helped to reinforce Canada’s Northern sovereignty.
For more information, go to http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/cseh-twih/index_e.asp
(Photo) This Week in Hants History
Here's a look at what was making the news 35 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
(Video) Saskatoon Ex celebrates 130 years of history: Timeline
During the 1880s, Saskatoon was still in its infancy. Some of the community’s earliest settlers met and created the Temperance Colony Pioneer’s Society – the earliest form of the Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation.
(Video) Iconic P.E.I. landscapes to join Google Street View
P.E.I.'s iconic North Shore beaches are about to join the Grand Canyon and the Eiffel Tower on Google's Street View project.
(Photos) Celebrating 200 years of ministry in Twillingate
The Anglican Church in Twillingate recently celebrated 200 years of ministry in the area.
The weekend festivities included a meet and greet at St. Peter's Hall, an old-fashioned Garden Party at the Twillingate Museum grounds, and a Sunday Parish Celebration of Ministry with Prayer and Praise at St. Peter's Church and also at St. Mary's Church in Herring Neck.
(Photos) 'Suspicious' fire destroys historic Cottage Craft building in Saint Andrews
A fire that destroyed a controversial historic waterfront building in Saint Andrews early Monday morning has been deemed "suspicious."
The former Cottage Craft Woollens building on Water Street, which was undergoing renovations, burned to the ground shortly after 3 a.m.
(Video) Aboriginal history the centrepiece of $150-million Fort Edmonton expansion
An aboriginal interpretive centre touted as the showpiece of a $150-million expansion at Fort Edmonton Park will be like no other exhibit in the living-history attraction.
(Photos) History comes alive at Fort Erie
Ewan Wardle likes to take his work home with him.
The program development officer at Fort York in Toronto is an avid re-enactor. He took centre stage as a sergeant major at the Siege at Old Fort Erie over the weekend.
Accepting Tamils 30 years ago changed Canada
Thursday is a special day not only for Tamil-Canadians and Newfoundlanders, but for all Canadians alike, for it was 30 years ago that 155 Tamil refugees were found drifting off the shores of St. Shotts, Newfoundland by three local finishing boats.
The rescue on that fateful day on Aug. 11, 1986, not only allowed 155 Tamils to start a new life in Canada, but it was also a turning point in Canadian refugee and immigration history.
St. John’s students to walk in footsteps of Canada’s First and Second World War history
Two local high school students have won a prestigious national award from the Vimy Foundation to travel to historical sites in Europe, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize.
Out of over 200 hundred applicants from across the country and overseas, two students from St. John’s, Owen Martin and Haleh Zabihi, were selected to participate in this flagship scholarship program, now in its 10th year of existence.
Historical society to receive provincial funding
The Parrsborough Shore Historical Society is one of six organizations in the province that will receive funding from the Provincial Archival Development Program.
Historic Cape Breton stone church gets international boost
Response from across Canada and around the world has helped boost fundraising efforts to restore a historic stone church in Victoria Mines, N.S.
Indoor wigwam built at Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre
But beyond the weeks Todd Labrador spent preparing the material, there were many years dedicated to learning how to accomplish the task.
Labrador completed a birch bark wigwam inside the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre this week. The structure is now a permanent display visitors can go inside.
Prince Edward Island
Kensington searches for history on horse-drawn hearses
The Town of Kensington is looking for information about two horse-drawn hearses that have been tucked away in its maintenance garage for about 10 years.
Heritage Field Day ongoing at Campbell Carriage Factory
The Tantramar Heritage Trust's annual Heritage Field Day is currently underway at the Campbell Carriage Factory (19 Church Street, Middle Sackville), running until 5 p.m.
After Ottawa River gets heritage designation in Ontario, focus turns to Quebec
Politicians from both sides of the Ottawa River dove into its choppy waters Saturday morning and emerged talking up the benefits of its recently-bestowed partial heritage designation — while also suggesting Quebec would soon follow suit.
Canada to update nomination list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites
For the first time in more than a decade, Ottawa is asking Canadians to nominate national gems as candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the announcement Monday in Grand Pre, N.S., home to one of Canada's 18 UNESCO sites at out of more than 1,000 worldwide.
Submit an application for Canada’s Tentative List at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/spm-whs/sec06/a.aspx
Submit an application for Canada’s Tentative List at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/spm-whs/sec06/a.aspx
Pieces of Winnipeg's history for sale
If you're willing to shell out the cash, everyone can now purchase a chunk of Winnipeg history.
A collection of 56 building fragments is on sale at the Shelmerdine Garden Centre in Headingley, Man., just west of the city.
Prices for the fragments — which can give a dash of romance to the backyard — range from a few hundred dollars to nearly $10,000 for larger pieces.
From the Archives: Aug. 12, 1897
As part of the Hamilton Spectator's 170th birthday, From the Archives revisits big, small and unusual news items from pages of the past.
Peacekeepers Day: a day to remember and honour Canadians killed in the line of duty
Members of Canada’s Armed Forces came to Peacekeepers Park to pay tribute to fallen comrades on Sunday
Ukrainian-Canadians celebrate 125th anniversary of first immigration
Ukrainian-Canadians showcased more than 100 years of history at Alberta's Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Sunday.
Their celebration marked the 125th anniversary of the first Ukrainian immigration to Canada.
Exploring the life of the pioneers: check out these Alberta museums
I work my way southeast, down rut-riddled back roads, past umpteen canola fields exploding in yellow blooms, beside abandoned homesteads beaten and broken by a thousand prairie storms, and, eventually, four hours later, roll into the gravel parking lot at the Etzikom Museum and Historic Windmill Centre.
Preserve, Restore and Repurpose- The Hanna Roundhouse
This July I had occasion to tour the amazing train roundhouse and turntable at Hanna, Alberta, where the important tenants of preserve, restore and repurpose jumped out at me in spades.
Celebrating 100 years of nursing
2016 marks a century of registered nursing practice in Alberta.
To celebrate the centennial, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) has launched a travelling historic display that is making its way across the province.
Mapping out Manitoba's history
While thousands of Manitobans spent the better part of July searching high and low for Pokemon, Gordon Goldsborough was on a different sort of quest.
Take a tour of Manitoba’s history at Fort Gibraltar
There’s still plenty of time to visit one of St. Boniface’s most historic treasures this summer.
Fort Gibraltar, located at 866 St. Joseph St., will continue to hold its historic tours until Aug. 28.
Indigenous history of Stanley Park on display with seasonal tour
The Stanley Park Ecology Society is offering visitors Indigenous-led walking tours during August to explore the traditional uses of local plants.
Century-old Shuswap Lake mansion with rich B.C. history up for sale
For the first time ever, an historic tudor-style home is up for sale, at a cost far less than what houses in B.C.'s hot housing markets go for.
The Collings Mansion is a century-old English mannor in Seymour Arm on B.C.'s Shuswap Lake, built and owned by a celebrated watercolour painter. It's listed for $798,500.
National historic significance of 1914 Komagata Maru incident recognized
THE Komagata Maru incident of 1914 was recognized as an event of national historic significance with National Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan unveiling a commemorative plaque from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Canadian Stories this Week
The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) had an interesting blog this past week, which talked about Ghost town, roads less travelled, and even lesser known places—how to find them, how to research them.
And here is their definition of the type of research you can do in Ghost Town at the LCA - “One might think of ghost towns as “geographical ancestors”—predecessors that no longer exist”. Now, isn't that neat!
And the people at the LAC tell you what resources are available at the LAC to do research. So take advantage of them. Like census, photographs, postmaster's databases, and many more that you can find in their search box.
To find out more about the Ghost Towns, go to https://thediscoverblog.com/2016/08/08/ghost-towns-roads-less-travelled-and-even-lesser-known-places-how-to-find-them-how-to-research-them/
PEI Facebook pages
I read The Island Register News newsletter the other day, and noticed that there are two new Facebook pages – one that covers Montague, Georgetown, and Southern Kings County Discussion is posting of information, Discussions and Photos, re: the Montague, Georgetown, and Southern Kings County areas of PEI and including the Queen's panhandle below King's county. You can reached it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/528861873935683/
And he stared yet another group page for those with an interest in Northern and Eastern Kings County areas of PEI including Souris and Surrounding areas. It now has 59 members, and it is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/736932179773883/
And that was the week in Canadian news!
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