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Reaching into BC Classrooms: Students Interpret Archival Evidence

Here at Simon Fraser University Archives, most of our users are university students and professors. However, we have worked with high school teachers to introduce archives to their classes. I quote from an e-mail "thank-you" I received recently: "I just finished a 10 week research project where our team implemented a history project in a grade 10 class. The topic was informed by the interview you and I had earlier this year. The kids picked their own history topics and with on-line mentors, went about doing their own research. Their topics ranged from 'How the invention of the camera influenced the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway' to 'Tourism and the Canadian Pacific Railway'. There were a few bumps along the way, but it's fascinating to let kids interpret evidence for themselves. Your help earlier this year was big help as it helped me understand the environment of the archive in which some historians investigate the past-which in turn helped me advise the teacher and students I was working with."

Frances Fournier
Simon Fraser University Archives


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