One Hour in the Past E304 – Maps and Mapping


Have you ever noticed that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions? As in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!

This podcast series starts with that premise!

Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator and Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator, both from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, have challenged each other to explore the weird and wonderful places that one hour of research on a topic will take them. Join them as they share their findings!

Welcome to Season 3 of One Hour in the Past. In season one we explored a wide range of topics from the Arts and Crafts Movement to Thanksgiving. In season two we welcomed guests to join us for a trip down the rabbit hole as we researched topics like photography, sidewalks, and telephones. We’re taking this third season of the podcast down a bit of a different path. We’ll be diving a bit deeper into Canadian history by researching Prime Ministers, the Family Compact, the Fur Trade, the FLQ Crisis, and on today’s episode: Maps and Mapping.

On this episode…

Kathleen and Adrian explore the complicated histories of maps and mapping.


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1 – “The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence” by S. Max Edelson

2 – The Board of Trade

3 – Proclamation Line of 1763

4 – US Supreme Court Ruling on the Reservations in Oklahoma

5 – Trans-Atlantic Trade, c. 1760

6 – Indigenous Land World Map (Interactive)

7 – Peters Projection Map a la The West Wing:

8 – Page 11 of the 1913 St. Catharines Fire Insurance Plan

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9 – 1923 Fire Insurance Plan overlaid aerial and other maps.

10 – Soldiers of the 35th Canadian Infantry Battalion march past the ‘Gore’ at St. Paul Street and Ontario Street, August 11, 1915.

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11 – Impact of the Street Car on Louisa Street and Thomas Street

Thomas Street, where the street car line came through the neighbourhood.
The tracks have been removed but the pavement on the road now follows the path of the old streetcars on Louisa Street (near Thomas).
The 45 degree angle of buildings long the old route of the street car are clear from above.
A street car on Louisa Street, c. 1950.

12 – “The Canadian City” edited by Gilbert A. Stelter, and Alan F. J. Artibise

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