Public History Student Manprit Gill Curates Exhibit at Archives of Ontario

Manprit Gill, a fourth-year History Major and a student in Prof. Jennifer Bonnell's History 4840: Public History course, has curated a new exhibition at the Archives of Ontario. Titled Echoes from the Past: Remembering the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre, the exhibit displays selected records from the Frost Centre collection, acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 2014. Gill researched and developed all aspects of the exhibit as part of a 12-week placement with the Archives of Ontario. Her placement was one of fourteen placements held by History 4840 students in museums, archives, libraries and historical societies across the Greater Toronto Area. “Developing this exhibit was a truly rewarding experience," Gill noted. "Not only did it help me acquire practical skills in public history, but it also helped me to recognize the role of archive exhibits in gaining an understanding and appreciation of our past.”

The exhibit is currently on display in the lobby of the Archives of Ontario, in the Kaneff Tower on campus (hours 830-5pm M-F and 10-4 Saturdays). For more information about Public History placements and History 4840, contact Prof. Bonnell at bonnellj@yorku.ca.