Pembroke Soundscapes

The Pembroke Soundscapes Project explores the relationship between sound and memory through the decline of industry in Pembroke, Ontario from the 1950s to the present day. Pembroke is a small historic town in the Ottawa Valley. Situated on the Ottawa River, Pembroke was involved in logging operations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Pembroke's location near lumber resources on the Ottawa River helped it grow into a bustling industrial town. Throughout the early 20th century, Pembroke grew around several major industries: paper and pulp, steel office equipment and furniture, and electrical appliances. Towards the end of the 20th century, Pembroke's industry declined. This project explores the history of several companies in Pembroke through an interactive map. The map is a multi-media experience that explores the relationship between sound and memory. Each story links out to a more comprehensive timeline with images and sounds.


This project is as much an exploration of open access as it is a historical project. The Leaflet storymap with scroll-driven navigation for narrative and point markers was modified from Jack Dougherty's source code.