Spencer R.


Women of Upper Canada

On this International Women’s Day, here’s an update on my dissertation research, which focuses on the experiences of women in Upper Canada (now Ontario) and New York State along the Niagara River during the War of 1812. I have been asked why I chose to focus on women’s experiences. The […]


For Snowy 1

This weekend, my partner and fiancée Cassie and I had to make the difficult decision to release our cat, Snowy, from the pain and discomfort she was suffering. We lost a member of our family, but we also helped her escape from a more painful life. Late Friday night, Snowy […]


Lessons at a Conference

On November 14 and 15, RRCHNM hosted a conference to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Current faculty, staff, and graduate students were joined by former members of the center and guests from throughout the United States. Over the two days, we enjoyed brief presentations and unconference-style sessions on a variety of […]


On Losing the Past

A common question in digital humanities, particularly digital history, is whether or not to preserve as much as possible, and how to accomplish that preservation. The debate has strong arguments on both sides and applies equally to born-digital and analogue materials. During a recent trip to Harpers Ferry, however, I […]