2020: A Year Like No Other

It's difficult to find anything to say about the year that hasn't already been pounded into cliche. It's been an awful year, a year where everything changed, and a year that laid bare our society's brittleness. A number of news outlets have gone so far as to make the mind-numbingly ahistorical claim that 2020 was the worst year ever (1348 would like a word!).  Nevertheless we've all had to...

Reevaluating Canada’s Past in the age of Black Lives Matter

This Canada Day we look inward at the way we understand national history of racism, and ask how public historians can change our society for the better. This Canada Day comes at one of the most perilous moments in this nation's history. The jubilant parades, firework shows, and breathless round-the-clock CBC coverage have been tempered by the ongoing pandemic, and given way to virtual gatherings...

Happy Canada Day from On This Spot!

July 1, 2019 Over the past three years we have been traveling all across Canada, diving into local history, and telling the stories of the people, landscapes, and ideas that shaped this immense and varied country. We’ve put together a photo page showing all the places we’ve partnered with, to give you a sense of the breathtaking scope of this country. It’s at www.onthisspot.ca/canada....

BC Heritage Week 2019: The Ties That Bind

“Ensuring yesterday is remembered tomorrow, today.” Our mission at On This Spot is to allow users to compare the old with the new through historic photo cross-fades, learn about local history and culture, and appreciate long-gone architecture. We believe there is great value in understanding history, and identifying with people of the past. It is only through knowledge of what came before...