Sunday, 21 August 2016

Twitter Treasures No. 4

My version of a Twitter bird
© Penny Allen
What I learned on Twitter this week.
14-21 Aug.2016 | Issue 4

I know, pretty old school, kind of like newspaper cuttings that libraries
used to do a long time ago.
But I just can't get over the feeling that I miss really neat things on Twitter. 
So every week or so I will share particularly Canadian content, but will bend the rules if it has a British spin, or an interesting immigrant story. 
My interpretation of the tweet or retweet is added.

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve tweeted about the Pinetree Line radar station, built during the Cold War. According to Bruce Forsyth's page, there were numerous 'Pinetree Lines' built across the country during the '50s for the purposes of an early warning system against suspected enemy attack. Forsyth took his information from Ren L’Ecuyer’s Pinetree Line web site.

Tina Adcock tweeted a picture by the HBC Heritage of Letter Books housed in the Visual Vault at their archives in Winnipeg. An example of Letter books are 'copy books' of letters outward, 29 May 1680-5 July 1687. There is an interesting thesis on the Open Library by UBC student Elizabeth Mancke in 1984 that discusses 'Copy Books'. Title : The Hudson's Bay Company and the Management of Long-Distance Trade 1670-1730.

James B. Bandow tweeted about the Government of Nunavut's agreement with the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. This agreement places Nunavut artefacts (140,000 items) in Ottawa for 5 years. Some of the artefacts include grave markers from Beechey Island for the last Franklin expedition. The  agreement indicates this is planned for 2017.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto tweeted an article from about the history of Toronto street signs.

Chris Walters tweeted finding a maquette (a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch) -in Algoma, ON- of General Wolfe's statue in London UK

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Tina Adcock tweeted about Maclean's Magazine providing its archives for free.

British and Canadian uniforms during the War of 1812. Carmen @ cdnhistorybits

Canada's History tweet is looking for submissions to it's Lost Stories Project. Do you have a family story that is unique and deserves to be told? Contact

Kathryn Lake Hogan tweeted a story from the Regina Leader Post about Elaine Ayre's discovery of her family's story from Norway to Iowa to Estevan, Saskatchewan through a family heirloom, an 1870 doll.  A book that Elaine self published in 2014, The Princess Doll's Scrapbook tells the story of her great-grandmother's journey to Canada. 

More Twitter Treasures No. 1, 2, 3

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