22 December 2011

Canada 150

I attended the workshop last week for the Canada 150 project

Canada 150 is a national, not-for-profit campaign to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 by encouraging the recording and collecting of life stories, family histories as well as community and organization histories. The idea is to collect, in digital format, millions of items:

1. 1.2 million “Memories”: short paragraphs with photos

2. 150,000 “One-Of-a-Kind”: unpublished letters, journals, diaries, films, scrapbooks, etc.

3. 150,000 “Published” books, films, songs, websites, multimedia, etc.

There is an excellent summary of the meeting on John Reid’s blog at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2011/12/canada150-update.html and I doubt if I could improve on that.

Formal launch of the project is planned for 1 Jul 2012 with a presentation to the Governor-General on Parliament Hill on 1 Jul 2017. For more information, visit their website at www.canada150.ca

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