B.A. (Brandon) M.A. (Manitoba) Ed. Cert. (Brandon)
Since 2012, I have been University Archivist (Emeritus) at Brandon University. In practical terms, I am now an independent researcher, writer, documentary producer with many interests – traditional historical and archival practice included – that tend to converge on public history. The digital revolution has furnished a new terrain for public history and given a new urgency to the need to come to terms with its epistemological nature and practice. I spend lots of time thinking about that. I developed a course on public history for the B.U. History Department. I teach it every few years.
I am currently working on two public history projects.
The first has yet to take any particular form, e.g. documentary script, dramatization. It is tentatively titled Before Brandon – Donald MacKay and the Founding of Brandon House, 1793. Donald MacKay is a seminal, but deeply under-appreciated, figure in the history of Manitoba. MacKay’s establishment of Hudson’s Bay Company post Brandon House on the Assiniboine River shaped the history of the eastern prairies in the early nineteenth century.
The second is a paper with the working title The Rise and Fall of a Place – The Grand Rapids of the Assiniboine. This paper examines the Grand Rapids of the Assiniboine as a case study of how and why geographical locations emerge and decline (some disappear) as places of contemporary and historical importance.