Historian Laureate: No Fooling!

I still worry there could be a chance this is an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank, but the City sent out a media release, and they don’t usually kid around on these things. So it looks like it’s official: I get to be Edmonton’s Historian Laureate for the next two years. There really couldn’t beContinue reading “Historian Laureate: No Fooling!”

CBC Interview: Women in Aviation past, present, and future!

I was happy to be asked to join Portia Clark on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active March 7th to talk about women in aviation. Of course the topic of that recent WestJet napkin about the “lady pilot” came up, as well as why only 5% of pilots in Canada are women. Want to hear the (approximately 7-minute)Continue reading “CBC Interview: Women in Aviation past, present, and future!”

Words in the Park – Saturday, Oct 19

                I am so excited to be taking part in this book fair and sale at the Sherwood Park Library in Strathcona County, Alberta! When: Saturday, October 19th 1-4pm Where: 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park (click here for directions) What: I’ll be doing a short reading at 3pm fromContinue reading “Words in the Park – Saturday, Oct 19”

City and Memory Symposium Nov 1 & 2 in YEG

  Here’s some info on a symposium I’m coordinating for the EHC and EDHS early next month!     What are the different ways we remember? How can heritage create connections between people and our city’s collective memory? The Edmonton Heritage Council (EHC) and Edmonton & District Historical Society (EDHS) will bring together experts andContinue reading “City and Memory Symposium Nov 1 & 2 in YEG”

YEG Profile: Nicole Beart of Memory Catcher

A great piece written by the talented Cailynn Klingbeil about one of my colleagues, Nicole Beart, owner of Memory Catcher!   Edmonton Journal September 17, 2013 EDMONTON – A few years ago, Nicole Beart convinced her notoriously camera-shy grandmother to do an interview on video. Anne, then 86, was an important influence on Beart’s life,Continue reading “YEG Profile: Nicole Beart of Memory Catcher”

Personal historian for hire!

Just a head’s up that I’ve begun consulting as a personal, corporate, and community historian. I’ve created a new page on my website detailing the services I can offer and provided some examples of my work, but please get in touch if what you have in mind is not listed. If it’s history related, I’m interestedContinue reading “Personal historian for hire!”

“Writing History into Your Work” at CNFC Conference

I just gave a workshop “Writing History into Your Work” at this year’s Creative Nonfiction Collective conference at the beautiful Banff Centre for the Arts! The conference lineup this year also included: Keynote speaker Karen Connelly Sessions with Tyler Trafford, Kate Braid, Cathy Ostlere, and Lynne Bowen A plenary called “What the heck is going on?” featuringContinue reading ““Writing History into Your Work” at CNFC Conference”

Up for Mayor’s Arts Award!

Nominees announced for Edmonton Mayor’s Arts Awards Edmonton Journal article by Elizabeth Withey EDMONTON — Roots musician Corb Lund, circus performer Annie Dugan and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra are three of eight artistic “ambassadors” nominated for a new Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts award. Their names were among dozens announced Friday morning by the ProfessionalContinue reading “Up for Mayor’s Arts Award!”

2012 Holiday Newsletter

  The main news this year was the arrival of Andre Barrett Pagnutti on April 17. We named him for my paternal grandfather, André Chenail, and my maternal grandmother, Shirley Barrett, and tried to encompass his French-Canadian, British, and Italian heritage. We’re also embracing his aviation connections as you can see in this photo! FromContinue reading “2012 Holiday Newsletter”