Professional Development Seminars

This series is funded by the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.

This series offers Public History students to chance to meet and network with practicing public historians, listen to guest lectures, and participate in hands-on workshops. As part of History 9800/9081, this series is mandatory for Public History students and usually occurs during class time, in the third hour.

Other students and alumni are welcome to join us, by emailing Prof. Michelle Hamilton at, or Prof. Mike Dove at

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Monument Conservation
Tom Klassen, Memorial Restorations

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Kyle Gonyou, Heritage Planner

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Cemetery Interpretation
Adrian Petry,  St. Catharine’s Museum

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Internship Workshop

Friday, November 3, 2017 - Site Visit
Students will visit the Oil Museum of Canada and the Fairbank Historic Oil Property.

Monday, February 5, 2018 - Historical Consulting
Sean Stoyles, Principal, Cobblestone Heritage Consultant

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - The Swamp Ward & Inner Harbour History Project: Processes and Products
Dr. Laura Murray, Department of English, Queen's University

Dr. Laura Murray of the Department of English, Queen's University, will be visiting the MA Public History program on Tuesday, February 6th (11:30-12:30 Lawson Hall 1218) to talk about the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project.

The SWIHHP aims to document the twentieth-century history of two of the oldest neighbourhoods of Kingston, Ontario. Until the early 1970s, the Inner Harbour was a vital industrial area of the city, complete with railroads, factories, and docks; the Swamp Ward, adjacent to it, was where workers and their families lived, went to school, went to church, shopped, and played. Through archival research, oral history, and podcasts, SWIHHP brings people, time periods, spaces, and issues into Kingston’s story that have usually stood in the shadow of nineteenth-century limestone buildings and illustrious politicians.

All are welcome to attend. Please see attached poster or visit

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - History and Policy Making
Jean-Pierre Morin, AANDC



Click here for a list of past speakers