Author Archives: Lauren Wheeler

About Lauren Wheeler

A reformed history phd student working as a public historian and looking for connections between museums and environmental history from the often freezing reaches of Canada (aka Edmonton).

Museums and Environment

I spent most of last week at the Alberta Museums Association / Western Museums Association joint international conference UNITE. Over the four days of the conference there were many interesting conversations with other museum professionals and presentations that highlighted how … Continue reading

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5 Stages of Recovering from Academia

Hi.  My name is Lauren and I am a Recovering Academic.  It has been 2 years and 6 months since I was in graduate studies and I have a good full-time job in my field.  Yet, there are times, usually … Continue reading

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The “Trouble” with Wi-Fi Hotspots in National Parks

On Tuesday April 29, 2014 Parks Canada announced it will install Wi-Fi hotspots in National Parks.  The response from Canadians is divided; some welcome the ability to access the internet in remote areas, others see it as an unnecessary incursion of … Continue reading

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Why Museums Matter – migrating and consolidating blogs

A few months ago I attempted to start a blog just about museums and my public history experiences.  However, I am a public historian and that means I work a regular job that does not allow the same time for … Continue reading

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Canmore, Floods, and Southern Alberta Museums

Thursday mornings I was woken by a 6:45am phone call from Canmore.  It was my mum to tell me the usually dry creek behind the house was a raging river and our neighbours with homes backing the creek had been … Continue reading

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Public History, Pop History, Academia, and Jobs.

On the last day of the 2013 ASEH meeting in Toronto I had the opportunity to sit on a panel with two other public historians at a graduate luncheon and answer questions from graduate students about job opportunities outside academia.  … Continue reading

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Good-Bye STEP

Today the Alberta Budget dropped and the news is not good for local heritage and history institutions or the students who keeps them going in the summer months.  The Student Temporary Employment Program, or STEP, was suspended.  This is not … Continue reading

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