Food and Oral History at the UW OHC

The Oral History Centre Classroom (2B23, Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg) was transformed into a functioning kitchen over this summer, thanks to an Experiential Learning Fund grant.

Induction burners and cooking equipment, ready for the students.


A new fridge joins the sinks and cabinetry in 2B23, Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, “Advanced Studies in Canadian Social History” will be offered by me in this space. The course will focus on Canadian oral and food history, and include both cooking activities and accessible field trips. Students’ final research projects will be digital public history projects on Manitoba food history that incorporate student-conducted oral history interviews.

Old Dutch Foods has operated in Winnipeg for more than half a century.

Though the visual is often privileged by academics (particularly through reading), knowledge is gained through all our senses. Students will cook in class, and visit at least three sites of significance for Winnipeg food history: the food history collection at the University of Manitoba Archives, the baking labs at the Paterson Global Foods Institute, and Half Pints Brewery.

VJ’s Diner is one place to get Winnipeg’s popular fat boy: burgers with Greek chili.

Students will incorporate the oral history interviews they conduct into the creation of a podcast, a virtual museum exhibit, a digital audio walking tour, an interactive digital map, or a “Cooking the Books” article for Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures.

Ingredients for Kana’tarokhónwe.

The Oral History Centre staff will provide their 3-session Introduction to Oral History workshop series to enrolled students for free! OHC will also provide them with free workshops and consultations in digital storytelling, field recording, and podcasting.

Interested in registering? Contact the University of Winnipeg (Honours undergraduates) or the University of Manitoba (Graduate students).


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