Randy Boswell May 6th meeting!!- News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age
Hosted by Lanark County Genealogical Society
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
ADMISSION is FREE
Brunton Community Hall
1702 9th Line, corner of Hwy 15 and 9th Line, Blacks Corners, Carleton Place ON.
News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age
The digitization of historical newspapers has created a remarkable portal to the past for researchers and storytellers of all stripes. What can be found? Long-lost answers to enduring questions, as well as forgotten people, places and events that — once rediscovered — can spark exciting initiatives to commemorate the past and enrich the present life of any community. With stories from his own adventures at the intersection of journalism and history, former Ottawa Citizen writer Randy Boswell — now a Carleton University professor with a passion for historical sleuthing — discusses recent discoveries in Ottawa Valley archaeology and probes the digital files of the Lanark County for hidden gems.
Biography of Randy Boswell
After a long, wide-ranging career with the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News, where he covered city hall, had a business column, wrote a variety of feature stories, served as city editor and developed a national history beat, Randy Boswell became a full-time professor in 2012.
But he’d been teaching journalism at Carleton as a contract instructor since the mid-1990s, helping to train hundreds of students over the years in the fundamentals of reporting.
He currently teaches second- and third-year reporting courses as well as a fourth-year lecture course — Journalism Now and Next — that explores the multitude of economic, technological, political and ethical issues facing the profession.
Boswell has been shortlisted for the Pierre Berton Award, Canada’s top prize for popularizing Canadian history, was the 2010 winner of the Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award and was co-writer of a 1997 National Newspaper Award-nominated special project on Gatineau Park. He continues to write history-related news stories on a freelance basis and is pursuing various research projects that employ 19th-century newspapers to shed fresh light on political, scientific and journalistic issues and personalities of that era.
Boswell recently edited a collection of essays related to the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth and co-authored two papers set to appear in the Canadian Journal of Archaeology that unravel a 150-year-old mystery about an ancient aboriginal burial ground along the Ottawa River.
Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.