Digital Historian Project
“Canadians are not very good at telling their own stories and commemorating events that matter”.
So said Canadian Historian Dr. Tim Cook as he reflected on the significance of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. We at Testaments of Honour agree.
To address this historical amnesia in the 21st century, Testaments has created an innovative digital storytelling platform to engage Canadians in key commemorative anniversaries. We call it the Testaments Digital History Project™ (DHP). It’s an award-winning workflow that facilitates collective storytelling opportunities around significant historical events.
At the heart of the DHP™ is the Testaments’ Digital Common, where museums, community groups, schools, and partnerships can access articles, lesson plans, archival interviews and photos, an 84-page guide to telling stories, video tutorials, and more. We want you to self-curate an event, and be an innovative part of crowdsourcing our history and crowd-sharing our heritage. For your Heritage Fair, educational programming, community partnerships – whatever your commemorative plans are, let the Testaments DHP™ be your platform.
For 2018, we’ve identified two key Canadian milestones that had enormous impact across every province and region. We’ll provide our partners with well-researched academic papers, timelines, web-links, and adaptable templates on the Digital Common to help you construct commemorative projects that are specific to your individual region, community, or cultural group.
As teachers hunt for exciting ways to engage their students in our Canadian stories, the DHP™ provides a unique learning platform supported by the six Historical Thinking Concepts and the six 21st century Digital Competencies.
Our objective is to help you tell your stories in your voice.
Become a part of building a mosaic of Canadian stories about our history. Help your grandchildren’s grandchildren appreciate what’s important to you and your community about these events. Show other Canadians what you want to acknowledge and honour. Bring your voice to the collective story.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this exciting new project, and possibly becoming a partner, send us an email.