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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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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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A Little Bit of Everything

The key to working in public history is to be adaptable and willing to try anything.  You will learn quickly in this field that no matter what the job description said you will be asked to do things you never … Continue reading

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Making History Look Delicious at the Royal Alberta Museum

*This post was written for Active History. I recently took a trip to a Calgary restaurant where the most iconic of Chinese-Canadian dishes originated.  The restaurant is on Centre Street at 27th Avenue North and you would likely miss it unless … Continue reading

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Reviving a Canadian Hero

*This was written for Active History and can also be found on the Sam Steele Collection site. Sam Steele was the Forrest Gump of Canadian History. He was involved in some way with the Fenian Raids, the Long March West, the 1870 … Continue reading

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Public History Gets an App!

A great group of graduate students and staff at my alma mater, Carleton University, made an app for the entire length of the Rideau Canal.   It is called “The Rideau Canal App” and it is free at the iTunes … Continue reading

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