The Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History has completed its forth, fifth and sixth mysteries this spring and has received for funding for three more in the series: Where is Vinland?, Who Discovered Klondike Gold?, and The Mystery Man of Baie Sainte-Marie. The Mysteries Project (canadianmysteries.ca, creator of the award winning "Who Killed William Robinson?" website) uses real mysteries and the historical documents they generate to teach secondary and university students about Canadian history.
We are using this call for mysteries to find more historical mysteries that will allow us to complete a set of 12 websites that together can be used to teach Canadian survey courses. We are looking for mysteries from Canadian history (pre-European 2000 A.D.) that meet the following criteria:
1) proposals must identify a rich documentary/evidentiary base that students can use to investigate (Asolve@) the mystery
2) the mysteries must be able to be tied to a theme or themes of importance in Canadian history as a whole. All themes are welcome but we particularly note we could use a mystery that ties to labour relations or class issues, immigration, gender and sexuality.
3) the mysteries may be about a murder or other crime but may also be about a missing person, violence, or any other historically relevant mysterious event, perception, person, place or thing;
4) the mysteries must be of immediate interest to contemporary students.
5) mysteries from all time periods and regions are invited but we are especially interested in mysteries on the Prairies. As well, we are looking for a mystery that predates European arrival in Canada and a post-1945 mystery.
6) the research and websites will be completed over the next 2-3 years.
Successful proponents will work with the project to create a research team to explore the minute details of the mystery. Subject to funding, teaching release time, technical support and research funds will be provided to the selected projects to transform their mystery into an educational website.
Please send inquiries and 2 page proposals to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th, 2006.
For examples of the current mysteries see canadianmysteries.ca.
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