2019 Public History Internship Awards!

We are very excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Public History Internship Awards. Congratulations to Sean Campbell, Henrietta Roi, and Skylee-Storm Hogan!  

2019 award winners

Sean Campbell - Professor Kenneth Hilborn Graduate Internship in Public History

This year’s recipient will be serving his summer internship as a Collections Intern with Parks Canada in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Parks Canada is the steward of five separate National Historic Sites in the area, including Klondike National Historic Site, Dredge No. 4, the Territorial Courthouse, SS Keno and Discovery Claim, together home to a collection of roughly a quarter of a million artifacts. As Collections Intern, Sean will be responsible for preventative conservation, inventorying and site inspections of the five above sites as well as Parks Canada’s storage facilities and warehouses.

“I feel that this placement will be an invaluable experience for the beginning of my career as a public historian. It will be my first paid government position working in heritage, with an agency that will open doors to new opportunities within the heritage sector as I progress in the field,” says Sean. “By working closely [with the Collections Specialist], I believe I will benefit from the personal mentorship that he will provide as I work through the assigned projects for this summer.”

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this award in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79. This award, valued at $5,000, is presented each year to a deserving student in Western’s MA Public History Program.

Henrietta ‘Hetty’ Roi – Nobleman Scholar Award with Canada’s History Society

As Digital Media Intern with Canada’s History beginning in May, Henrietta will be developing, creating and posting online history content related to identified themes and milestones for CanadasHistory.ca/HistoireCanada.ca. She will work with staff on promoting the Society’s activities through a variety of social and digital media including videos, podcasts and webinars, and contribute to other areas of the organization such as awards, programs and fundraising.

As part of the internship, Henrietta will have the opportunity to develop a detailed project of her own design, in this case using 3-D software to digitally recreate built heritage that has since disappeared from the Canadian landscape.

She embarks on this journey with much enthusiasm: “This internship will allow me to enhance my skills in multiple areas of the public history discipline. The project I have proposed will provide the opportunity to increase my skills in digital history on a platform that is wide-reaching and very accessible to the public. Canada’s History as an institution will allow me to expand my skill set. Through the program and previous work, I have gained experiences at heritage sites in positions that focus on everything from interpretation to object conservation. Experience in magazine editing and contribution as well as webinar development is something that I look forward to learning more about. This internship will give me the ability to apply the theory I have learned throughout the year in a real work setting among professionals.”

Canada’s History Society brings relevance and awareness to Canada’s diverse past, illuminating the people, places, and events that unite Canadians. The Society accomplishes this through several means, including the production of magazines (ie. Canada’s History, Kayak), webinars, educational resources, web content, and special events. The Nobleman Scholars program was established by Dorothy Hollingsworth, alumnus of Western University, to honour the memory of her husband, William (Bill) Nobleman, founding director of Canada’s National History Society (Canada’s History). The award, valued at $15,000, is given annually to a student in Western’s MA Public History Program to serve a six-month internship at the head office of Canada’s History in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Skylee- Storm Hogan – Know History Scholar

As the inaugural Know History Scholar, Skylee-Storm will work as a Research Associate with Know History Historical Services in Ottawa conducting file reviews, archival and genealogical research, document management, transcriptions of oral histories and data entry. Her primary tasks will be associated with a large-scale genealogy project tracing the root ancestry of members of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO). This project involves online research into historical documents, such as census, birth, marriage and death records, through Ancestry and Library and Archives Canada.

Her internship is really a dream come true: “I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with Know History in Ottawa. Know History is a firm with an excellent reputation. I had been hoping for the last two years to work with them once I was finished my degree. I am so excited for the opportunity to intern here and learn from the best.”

Skylee is particularly looking forward to developing her career skills at Know History and will certainly benefit from collaborating with such a talented group of professionals: “The team is extremely knowledgeable, and I know working with them will make me a better Public Historian. I hope to broaden my skills in digital history, oral history, genealogy, and become a more meticulous researcher.”

Based in Ottawa, Know History Historical Services is a Canadian firm that provides historical research services to a variety of organizations. Established in 2011, the firm has completed more than 200 projects for clients across Canada. With offices in Calgary and Ottawa, the company specializes in researching, presenting and documenting Canada’s history through a variety of services – including archival and image research, interpretive services, oral history interviewing, and Traditional Knowledge Studies – for museums, government bodies, Indigenous organizations, non-profits, and corporations. Each year it offers one MA Public History student from Western University the paid opportunity for hands-on historical research experience in Canada’s capital for a six-month period.


Contributed by:

Professor Mike Dove, Director & Internship Coordinator, Western’s MA Public History Program (May 2019)