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Welcome to my blog! My name is Jessica Linzel and I will be sharing my research journey with you through regular blog posts, in an effort to not only organize my own thoughts, but also to make my progress public. After all, what is the point of studying history if I am the only one who benefits? I hope that you find the work interesting and educational!

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About the Project

Mapping Early Niagara is the title of my Master’s thesis, which I aim to have completed by the summer of 2020. I am currently a graduate student in the history department at Brock University, located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

This SSHRC funded project incorporates both historical and geographical aspects in its examination of the economic development of the Niagara region in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I am mapping the trade routes that existed at the time, both within the peninsula itself and on a broader scale. I essentially want to know how the early colonial settlements in Niagara developed post-Revolution, using the visual dimension of digital tools to aid in my own understanding and also to share my research with the public in an accessible way.

So why did Niagara develop the way it did? Who laid the foundations of what we see and know today? How did these settlements appear and develop over time? How did they interact with Indigenous societies already living on the land? These are just a few of the questions that this thesis seeks to answer. The spatial history “mapping” component is a modern approach to answering such questions. Digital mapping can show the development of space over time, and can convey historical meaning in new and different ways.

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Primary Source Analysis: Learning about Wheat, Peas & Corn in 1790’s Niagara

It’s been a while since my last post! I just thought I’d share some insight on a primary source collection that I’ve been working through lately, and what its been teaching me about Niagara’s Loyalist-era economy. Upon suggestion by my supervisor, I have been reading through some of the personal correspondence of the Hon. Peter …

About the Author

About Jess:

I currently reside in Grimsby, Ontario. I hold a BA from Brock University with a Major in History and a Minor in Political Science, and am very passionate about local history. Having managed a local historic site during the summers of my undergrad, I’ve come to appreciate the rich history of the Niagara region.

Public History Work:

Nelles Manor Museum

Organization of Living History Events, and Explanations of the Engagement at the Forty

The Shickluna Shipyard

Public History Ambassador/Digital Humanities Researcher

Town of Lincoln Museum Exhibit

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2018/05/brock-teams-up-with-lincoln-museum-on-new-exhibits/

2017 Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement

https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/8310900-grimsby-student-earns-provincial-heritage-award/
https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2018/03/history-student-receives-provincial-honour-for-local-heritage-work/