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Title: Italian Heritage Project
Author: Parmegiani, Sandra; Findlay, Sharon
Abstract: The necessity of preserving the cultural heritage and artifacts of Italian-Canadian immigrants coincides with the need of the language programs at the University of Guelph to institute an experiential learning component in core language courses. To accommodate this need, working in collaboration with the School of Languages and Literatures (SOLAL) at University of Guelph, and the head of the European Studies and of Italian Studies department, students in a community engaged core course for Italian Minors work with the University Library to build italianheritage.lib.uoguelph.ca as a place to collect, curate, and ‘exhibit’ material. The principal aims of The Italian Heritage project are to collect and preserve the narratives and artifacts of Italian immigrants to Canada, and the Guelph-Wellington area specifically. The website does not substitute a physical archive but rather allows for the expansion of the digital aspect while growing and developing a material archive which will ultimately be housed in the local community. The formation of the website supports knowledge mobilization while increasing the ease of use and accessibility to other virtual exhibits in museums, libraries, and academic settings. Although the Italian Heritage Project website is still in the developmental stages, it is rapidly expanding and improving as more material is submitted and curated. Our proposal is to make italianheritage.lib.uoguelph.ca a collaborative virtual repository affiliated to the Italian Canadian Archives Project and to the heritage work of individual communities.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10379
Date: 2017-03-01


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