Final Project: What do you do for fun around here? A chat about social life in Pontiac County, 1895

 

Cover image adapted from “Shawville, Quebec,” by Gilles Douaire, Flickr.
Music is “Chill Tune” by Nicolai Heidlas, Soundcloud.

Click the image above to listen to my final project for this class. The file is hosted on Soundcloud; if you would prefer a direct download, the .wav file is available on Dropbox here.

Throughout the recording, I make reference to several figures and articles, which I’ll link down below. Find more detailed paradata for my project at this post.

Figures


Figure 1. “Location of Clarendon, Quebec within Pontiac Regional County Municipality.” Map created by Gordalmighty, Wikimedia Commons.


Figure 2.1: A wordcloud generated using topic modelling in RStudio 1.0.153 on the text of the Equity from 1895, showing correlation between words such as “christmas,” “rink,” “musical,” and “entertainment.”


Figure 2.2:  A wordcloud generated using topic modelling in RStudio 1.0.153 on the text of the Equity from 1895, showing correlation between words such as “carnival” and “jan.”


Figure 2.3: A wordcloud generated using topic modelling in RStudio 1.0.153 on the text of the Equity from 1895, showing correlation between names such as “annie,” “rose,” “carleton,” and “rockland.”


Figure 3.1: A graph generated using RAWGraphs showing the distribution of the topic “jan carnival discount overcoats dosen” over the text of the Equity for 1895.


Figure 3.2: A graph generated using RAWGraphs showing the distribution of the topic “sept harvest sickle kootenay rig” over the text of the Equity for 1890-1900.

Figure 4.1: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “jan*” and “carni*” over the text of the Equity for 1890-1900.

Figure 4.2: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “jan*”, “ottawa”, and “carni*” over the text of the Equity for 1895.

Figure 4.3: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “mr”, “friend*”, and “visit*” over the text of the Equity for 1890-1900.

Figure 4.4: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “mr”, “friend*”, “guest*”, and “visit*” over the text of the Equity for 1895.

Figure 4.5: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “miss*”, “friend*”, “guest*” and “visit*” over the text of the Equity for 1895.

Figure 4.6: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “miss*”, “friend*”, and “visit*” over the text of the Equity for 1890-1900.

Figure 4.7: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “mrs*”, “friend*”,  “guest*”, and “visit*” over the text of the Equity for 1895.

Figure 4.8: A graph generated using Voyant showing the distribution of terms “mrs*”, “friend*”, and “visit*” over the text of the Equity for 1890-1900.


Figure 5.1: A map generated using Palladio showing visits conducted in Pontiac County in January 1895.


Figure 5.2: A map generated using Palladio showing visits conducted in Pontiac County in January 1895, larger view.

Figure 5.3: A map generated using Palladio showing all places mentioned by the Equity in 1895.

Figure 5.4: A map generated using  showing all places mentioned by the Equity in 1895.


Figure 6: A network model generated using Gephi 0.9.1 of places and people in Pontiac County in January 1895.

Resources

Crafting Digital History
Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec
BANQ’s database of Equity files
StatsCan 2016 Census data
Shawville municipal website
My Github repository for this project
Weingart, Scott B. “Networks Demystified.”
Shawn Graham’s twitter
Shawn Graham’s blog, Electric Archaeology

 

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