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).

Random thoughts from following #chashc2018

This week is the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA). It is happening at the University of Regina and has the handy hashtag #chashc2018 so that those unable to attend can follow some of the conversations and sessions … Continue reading

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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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