Each one a bridge

During the current social distancing Spring, we hear often that there will be a before and an after the pandemic. Interesting, but there has always been a before and after, and most likely there will be for a long time to come. We just so happen to be in a situation to acquire an acute sense of it being so, because we all experience a common trigger of change. We mind the before and after more than ever before, because the present is changing so fast and in a threatening way.

Caring for the long term future is a way to nurture one’s own resilience and encourage others to do the same. That is why today we invite you to make it a personal or a family project to build your personal archives for the next generations. Each and everyone of us is a bridge. A bridge between the past and the future. It is a matter of assuming this responsibility to tell and show our story, each from our unique perspective. The good thing is, this can be a lot of fun too. Revisiting our past through our belongings, makes us see that the past too can change real fast when we wrap and share it.

We chose this well advised article by Mike Ashenfelder, first published by the Library of Congress, to get you started: Your Personal Archives Project: Where Do You Start?

Bridge, c1966. Source: CDIC-CIDE.

Everyone should draw more

It is never repeated too often. Drawing is a tool, is a learning tool and enhances life for everyone. The George Lucas Educational Foundation too says so, in one of their many interesting videos: The powerful effect of drawing on learning.

George Lucas Educational Foundation. Source: Edutopia.org, 17 May 2020.

CDIC joins AAO

We have joined the ranks of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO). We may not have institutional funds (yet) but we forge ahead a click at a time. We are in for the long run. Those historical images that today’s kids are quietly making in this time of pandemics, will be remembered. Count on us. However, don’t look for us yet on Archeion, the Canadian Museum of History, or other international platforms, we still have a long journey ahead, but on our way! Make a donation!

Archives Association of Ontario, logo. Source: aao-archivists.ca, 2 May, 2020.