History of the Arboretum, Part II (HIST*4470) | College of Arts

History of the Arboretum, Part II (HIST*4470)

Code and section: HIST*4470*02

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Kim Martin


Course Synopsis:

This course is an introduction to researching and writing local history. Students will gather information on the History of the Arboretum, both from the Guelph Archives and from conducting oral history interviews. They will then work as a group to design and write a book for the Arboretum’s 50th anniversary in Summer 2020.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will have learned to:

  • Conduct archival research
  • Conduct oral history interviews
  • Write local history based on archival and oral history research


  1. Take 10 credits; Minimum grade 050
  2. Take 1.5 credits; Minimum grade 050; From Subject HIST; From Level 300.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Three oral history interviews + reflection - 30%
Group Assignment – book details/Table of Contents - 20%
Draft of Chapter - 15%
Draft final book project - 35%

Texts Required:

There are no texts required for this course.

*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.