Cooking the Backwoods Way

Osgoode Township Museum, January 2024

When the Osgoode Township Museum invited me to speak about my thesis series for their Museum Talks program, I was pleased to accept. I had a chance to share my thesis project, research and next steps in the Museums' most registered talk yet. Thanks OTM for the opportunity!

A Victorian Picnic

Museums of Mississauga, August 2022

This video was created as the final project for my summer internship. After extensively researching work bees and picnics in Upper Canada, I created a menu and experimented with cooking it on the hearth. The menu was created by using multiple primary source texts about picnics, and the recipes used were primarily from Canadian cookbooks that would have been available around 1830 - 1860.

If you'd like to try these recipes for yourself, I have translated a selection of recipes to be compatible with a hearth-less kitchen.

Heritage Artisan Demonstrations:
Box Loom Weaving

St. Lawrence Market, Summer 2022

Partnered with the St. Lawrence BIA, I spent a few Saturdays at the St. Lawrence Market talking to the public and demonstrating historical box loom weaving. This is part of a larger outreach program where historical artisan's demonstrate their craft and talk to the public about the history and importance of each. Tape weaving was not only a decorative art, by using colours and patterns, but also useful in the settler home. Weaving bands and tape dates back hundreds of years and was brought to North America by European settlers.

Reflections of 1861: An Immersive Experience

Bishop's University, 2019

This presentation was the final project of a year-long research endeavour into the material culture and historical memory of the American Civil War. The project was funded in part by the Bishop's University B.E.S.T project - a project fund that helps students pursue extra-curricular research and career development projects. This presentation included my research notes, findings from the field, a touch table and a dance lesson to learn the Virginia Reel.