University Of Windsor Project Aims To Engage Community Through History

A University of Windsor initiative wants to dig through history to celebrate Canada150.

We Dig History is funded throughout the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation and the University of Windsor.

Two projects aim to gather information for posterity according to Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Maria Cioppa.

She told AM800 News a scan-a-thon kicks off Aug. 25.

Pictures and old news clipping will be digitized and archived on campus at The Leddy Library.

A second project surveying Assumption Park on University Ave. W. and Huron Church Rd. will begin Sept. 23.

Pictures and old news clipping will be digitized and archived on campus at The Leddy Library, according to Cioppa.

"We're asking people to bring in all of their old photos, pictures. We'll scan them into a database that will be held, hopefully, in the library here."

A second project surveying Assumption Park on University Ave. W. and Huron Church Rd. will begin Sept. 23.

Cioppa says the project is looking for volunteers.

"Looking at seeing if we can find remnants of old buildings possible of a cemetery that might have been there, and we're asking volunteers to come in and learn a little bit about the geophysical methods, help us run the surveys."

She told AM800 News both projects are designed to get the public involved in local history.

"Basically it's a citizens science initiative to learn more about the history of this area, specifically right around the University of Windsor and  Assumption Church."

For more information on how to participate in the initiative, visit We Dig History on Facebook