October 25, 2013
The annual conference of the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association was held in Vancouver on October 25, 2013. Merna Forster, GUMICH Executive Director, presented a workshop about the learning materials available from the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project.
October 19, 2013
Professor Annmarie Adams gave a lecture on the Redpath Mystery as part of McGill’s Homecoming festivities in Montreal on October 19th. The series is called CWOQ, Classes Without Quizzes, and attracts a large audience of mostly alumni. Dr. Adams was one of the research directors for The Redpath Mansion Mystery. This history mystery provides clues about the murder of Ada Redpath and her son in their Montreal mansion in 1901.
In March, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) awarded the History Department at the University of Victoria a grant to create a new mystery for GUMICH: The Enduring Franklin Mystery. Offered through SSHRC’s Insight and Connection programs, the grant will enable a national team to research and develop an educational website and learning materials about the missing Franklin Expedition. The collaborative project will be completed in two years, with the involvement of top scholars in education, digital humanities and historical research.
The Franklin Expedition was the 1840s equivalent of the Space Shuttle: the best trained men and the latest technology sent on a voyage of discovery into the unknown, in what is now the Canadian Arctic. But the 128 men on the two ships never came back, lost, almost without trace. This compelling mystery makes the enduring Franklin mystery an ideal vehicle for engaging students and the Canadian public in history.
The project will be coordinated by the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project at the University of Victoria. The Enduring Franklin Mystery will be developed with a diverse group of partner institutions including the Nunavut Department of Education, Parks Canada, Library and Archives Canada, and the national History Education Network. The Historical Thinking Project, the Critical Thinking Consortium and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University are also partners in this exciting new venture. Mount Royal University and the University of Toronto will contribute to The Enduring Franklin Mystery as well. Historian Lyle Dick, former president of the Canadian Historical Association, will serve as Research Director.
April 2013 - Teaching Tools – New MysteryQuests and Interactive Whiteboards
Thanks to financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in 2012-13, the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project was able to develop nine new MysteryQuests, three for each of the following Mysteries: The Redpath Mansion Mystery, Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy, and Death of a Diplomat. The Critical Thinking Consortium created the new MysteryQuests for the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, working with historical researchers Annmarie Adams (McGill University), Gregory Klages (University of Guelph- Humber) and Larry Hannant (Camosun College) and our co-director Ruth Sandwell (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).
You can find these new MysteryQuests – and all of the original thirty quests – at MysteryQuests.ca
Funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council also enabled us to create some new interactive whiteboards. You can download them for free from our website – and please send along your feedback!
These new whiteboards were developed by a team of students from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto under the guidance of Garfield Gini-Newman, with design input from Mary Abbott. Each of the whiteboards is designed for use with one of our popular mystery websites.