||April 11, 2008
Books, Conferences &
Nipissing University History Conference a Success
On Friday March 28 the History Department at Nipissing University held their
annual conference where students and others present papers of interest. It was
held this year in the new Monastery Campus near the University. The main
purpose of the Conference based on Near North History was to give students from
the Oral History course an opportunity to present their findings along with
related presentations. Dr. K. Srigley, the course professor did a fine job of
chairing the event.
||Nipissing University V.P. Dr. P. Ricketts
announcing new M.A. program in History at Nipissing Conference. Chair, Dr.
K. Srigley on right.
Among the marathon event of a dozen 30 minute presentations were one by
Francoise Noel the History Dept Head and presentations by local historians Wayne
LeBelle and Doug Mackey. Students from an anthropology course also made a
||Student Kyra Knapp presents her paper Northern
Women's Social Organizations in the 1950s.
Some guests stayed all day and others, including parents and people
interested in a specific topic came as they wished. Representatives from the
Nipissing Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and students from Chippewa
Secondary School were in attendance. Nipissing University President Dr. D. Mock
and Vice President Dr. P. Ricketts joined the group for lunch. Dr. Ricketts
congratulated the staff and students who put on the event. He also announced
the establishment of a new M.A. in history for the University.
Of the many excellent student presentations I was particularly interested in
one on North Bay's long time Mayor Merle Dickerson by Ashley Watson and one on
the infamous Donald Kelly by Peter Magill.
||Long time North Bay Mayor Merle Dickerson (L) unveiling
Main St. redevelopment plaque 1983.
The Conference was followed by another interesting Conference on the same
site the next day - The First Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
Congratulations to Nipissing for these progressive initiatives.
Happy Birthday Community Voices
Eight years ago on April 6, 2000 The Nugget initiated their Community Voices
Regional Supplement which went free to 18,500 mail boxes outside of North Bay
every Friday. Along with the advertising people were encouraged to volunteer
articles on their communities and on topics of interest. Over the years many
have and their work has been informative and entertaining. The Nugget recently
began to put the Community Voices in 11,000 mailboxes in North Bay for people
who do not get the Nugget. More North Bay material has been added and the paper
now has 16 pages each edition. It is now the largest paper of its kind in the
North from Temiscaming, Quebec, to Sundridge.
My Heritage Perspectives column appeared in the first edition and I recently
had the pleasure of doing my 300th article. Thirty six issues of my Art Scene
column have also been included. All have had 1-3 photographs. My thanks to all
of the people who have helped me put them together. Special thanks to Editor
Dawn Clarke who performs her magic every week putting the paper together.
Thanks for the feed back by phone, mail and email.
Penguin Canada Extraordinary Canadians Biographies Launched.
||New books on Extraordinary Canadians by Penguin Group (Canada)
Penguin Canada Books has launched a new series of 20 biographies on various
interesting Canadians this week. They have been written by well known Canadian
authors. For example the remarkable Charlotte Gray has written about famous
feminist and politician Nellie McClung. The Lord Beaverbrook (Max Aitken) book
was written by David Adam Richards who grew up near where Aitken did in New
Brunswick. A book on artist Emily Carr will also be one of the first 3 and the
others will come out in groups of 3. A six-part T.V. series will accompany the
series this fall and Macleans began giving excerpts from the books starting with
their March 31 edition.
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