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Katie Anderson is a graduate from the University of Guelph with an Honours B.A. (2011) and Master’s Degree (2014) in History. Her graduate work focused on human-animal relationships in rural Ontario in the early 1900s. Her undergraduate thesis introduced her to the importance of documenting oral histories. Katie worked in partnership with the Ontario Veterinary College, where she conducted interviews with women who married OVC graduates in the mid-twentieth century, recording their unrecognized contributions to the veterinary profession in Canada. Professionally, her career has focused on museum education, beginning as a Teacher / Interpreter at both the Waterloo Region Museum and Schneider Haus Museum in Kitchener. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Western’s Bachelor of Education program, and has since worked as a Programming Assistant at the Wellington County Museum and Archives and Education Coordinator at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. Katie is excited to learn new skills in digital history, archival work, and exhibit design, while continuing to build bridges between museums, public engagement, and education.
Katrina Bjornstad graduated with honors in 2018 with a B.S. in History (emphasis in Public History) and a minor in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests were primarily underrepresented populations in American history. For the past two years, Katrina has worked on expanding Hear, Here - an audio-documentary project that originated in downtown La Crosse. During her time with the project, she researched potential stories, conducted oral histories, edited interviews, and ran the phone lines behind the project. Katrina has also been a part of two other public history programs, History Hunt and [art]ifact. While earning her undergraduate degree, Katrina became particularly interested in approaching traditional historical narratives from different perspectives. She looks forward to an exciting year at Western and engaging the public in meaningful dialogue through digital history.
Sean Campbell graduated from the University of Ottawa (2013) with an Honours BA in History and English, with a primary research interest in 19th and 20th century Canadian and European history. Sean subsequently completed his graduate certification in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management from Fleming College (2015). Focusing on his interest in military history, Sean completed his certification internship at the Imperial War Museums (IWM) in London and Cambridge, UK. While there, he performed conservation assessments and treatment on artifacts for two exhibitions including the gallery renewal of the American Air Museum at the IWM’s Duxford site. Sean has spent the past two years in his hometown of North Bay, Ontario, working on a two-year gallery renewal project for the North Bay Museum. In addition, Sean catalogued an extensive volume of North Bay history at the Museum's archives. Sean has also volunteered with the Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence at CFB North Bay as an archival and events volunteer. Sean has become involved, as a result, with the Organization of Military Museums of Canada. During his time at Western, Sean hopes to develop new digital techniques and explore evolving practices that will help to engage the public in the many stories that history has to offer.
Originally from Toronto, Elizabeth Carbonneau graduated from Dalhousie University (2016) with a Combined First-Class Honours B.A. in History and Italian Studies. Although she did a good deal of work in art history, Italian culture and language, and earth sciences, the majority of her research was in medieval European history with a focus on ecclesiastical and women's history in the British Isles. As an exchange student in Glasgow, she conducted research for her Honours thesis, which documented medieval Scottish and Flemish political marriages and analyzed the agency of medieval noblewomen therein. Since beginning her studies, Elizabeth has worked in English and French interpretation, educational programming, and research and cataloguing positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Halifax Music Co-Op, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and the Discovery Centre (Halifax). She is looking forward to learning more about the research and historic management aspects of public history and using this knowledge to grow her interpretation and programming skills.
Rachel Delle Palme graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph (2018) with an Honours B.A. in History, where her primary focus was gender history. She has worked as an interpretive guide at the Pickering Museum Village for the past four years. There, she researched, wrote and delivered a variety of tours, expanded interpretive programming, and assisted with special events. During her undergraduate degree she consistently sought practical learning opportunities to widen her skill-set and knowledge. She acted as Curriculum Coordinator for the In Unity project which worked to expand public awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada. Furthermore, she co-curated a special exhibit about the women’s culinary heritage of the MacDonald Institute which was highlighted on Alumni Weekend and during campus tours. Through these experiences Rachel has developed a love for historical interpretation through different mediums which she is excited to explore in more depth during the public history program at Western University.
Skylee-Storm Hogan is a B.A (Hons.) graduate of Algoma University with a degree in Law & Justice Studies. While an undergraduate student, Skylee-Storm was elected to student government as the Diversity Student Representative, bringing forth issues that impact Indigenous and International students. They have also worked with urban Indigenous youth initiatives in Baawaating (Sault Ste. Marie) that focused on addressing youth poverty and racism within the community. Skylee-Storm's professional work has centred around the history of Indian Residential Schools on Turtle Island, working with Algoma University's Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) since 2015. While with the SRSC, Skylee-Storm has curated exhibits on various elements of the Indian Residential Schools system, as well as an exhibition on the Mother Earth Water Walkers in 2016. They have spoken and written on the uses of public history and archives as activism, and has an interest in contested histories. Skylee-Storm has co-hosted Wikipedia edit-a-thons since 2015 that highlight Indigenous Women, LGBTQA2I+ persons, and grassroots movements, and has been involved with The Land Mapping Memory Project since 2017, an in-progress research project that digitally maps former residential schools and connects the user to archival materials and oral histories. Skylee-Storm identifies with Kanien’kehá:ka and Irish identities, their ancestors originating from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawà:ke and Newfoundland.
Louisa Orford has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from McMaster University (2016) and an Advanced College Diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College (2018). Her primary area of research interest is 19th-20th century Canadian social history. Professionally, Louisa has worked with the Juno Beach Centre Association, the City of Ottawa Archives, the Guelph Civic Museum, and the Dundas Museum and Archives working in collections management, digitization, exhibition development, installation, and program development. She has also volunteered with the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, the Bytown Fire Brigade Museum and as a Content Consultant for The Confederation Debates. Louisa is particularly interested in the digitization of collections and archives for public access and collection longevity. Throughout her post-secondary career, Louisa has explored her passion for history and discovered a new interest in art history. Using the knowledge and skills she has acquired, Louisa hopes to explore the way history is perceived by the public and deepen her appreciation of its importance in society. Louisa is looking forward to studying at Western and hopes to explore new and exciting ways to involve the public in history!
Henrietta Roi graduated from Queen’s University (2018) with an Honours B.A. in Art History. For the past four summers Henrietta has worked as a guide and supervisor at Fort Henry National Historic Site in Kingston. In this position she delivered programming and tours in both English and French and helped to develop future programs and methods of interpretation. While working at Fort Henry she was able to conduct research and aid in teaching information to incoming staff. From September to April of this past year Henrietta also volunteered with the Kingston Association of Museums. Volunteering provided her an opportunity to experience the histories of many different communities within the Kingston area. The Bring Your Thing events were a privilege to participate in as they were centred around members of the community bringing in objects in order to form an exhibition. Through this program, Henrietta looks forward to further exploring how communities create history in both formal and informal settings.
Leanna Tran graduated from Western University in 2018 with an Honours B.A. in History, where her research mainly focused on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Her interests lie in collections management, exhibit design, social history and memorialization. This past summer, Leanna worked at the Woodstock Art Gallery as a collections/curatorial assistant. There, she had the opportunity to help curate the Annual Juried Show: Visual Elements 60, as well as curate her own mini-exhibition, With Each Second That Passes. In the past, Leanna has volunteered at The Oxford County Archives, where she helped conserve and transcribe archival material. She also volunteers at Banting House National Historic Site in London, where she leads guided tours. Leanna is excited to be back at Western to continue her studies and is ready for the whole new set of challenges and experiences that await.
Heather Wilson graduated from Laurentian University in 2015 with a B.A. (Honours Cum Laude) in Ancient Studies, her research interests being focused primarily on Roman Britain. In 2015-16 she completed two terms of the online MLitt in Scottish History through the University of Dundee; she then transferred to the University of Guelph where she completed a History M.A. with a focus on Early Medieval Scotland. Her MRP examined the concept of remoteness from the perspective of authors writing in Northern Britain in the late 7th and early 8th centuries C.E. Heather’s work experience with Public History includes both a summer working at the City of Greater Sudbury Archives and the summer of 2018 working as an Assistant Curator at the Komoka Railway Museum. In her spare time this past summer she volunteered as a Collections Assistant at the Elgin County Railway Museum. Her experience at Komoka was particularly valuable as she was given considerable independence in choosing how to approach projects she was assigned and in the pursuit of her own projects. She hopes to be able to continue with some of these projects on a volunteer basis over the next year. She is looking forward to the year ahead, learning more ways to preserve the past and share her passion for history with the public.