One Hour in the Past E601 – Dictionaries

Welcome to One Hour in the Past, a podcast series presented by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

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!


On today’s episode of One Hour in the Past Kathleen and Adrian discuss the simultaneously boring and cool history of dictionaries.



1 – Oxford English Dictionary Reading Program

2 – Girls Globe Article regarding misogyny in the dictionary.

3 – Death of a Salesman. Guardian Article about the end of Door-to-Door sales.

4 – New York Times Article about the history of Auto-Correct.

5 – E502 Computers and Cellphones

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