Lauren Wheeler


Bio I am a Program Lead with the Alberta Museums Association responsible for the Recognized Museum Program, Leadership Awards Program, Museum Visitor Experience Program, and liaising with regional museum networks. Prior to this I was the project assistant for the exhibition “Chop Suey on the Prairies” at the Royal Alberta Museum, and exhibit coordinator for “Sam Steele: Journey of a Canadian Hero” put on by the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, contract researcher for the Canadian Circumpolar Institution, and spent a number of summers on the interpretation team at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. My public history internship was with Dr. Leighann Neilson of the Sprott Business School for a study of website usability with genealogists and family historians. I also write for Active History ( and maintain a mostly environmental and public history blog at
Research Areas of Specialization: mountain parks, 20th century Alberta, museum practice and standards, public history, visuality, Post-Confederation Canada, environmental history. Publications “‘We Want Your Pictures So Kodak As you Go’: Promoting Winter Recreation in Banff in the 1920s.” Past Imperfect, 15(2009): 6-35. “The Banff Photographic Exchange: Albums, Youth, Skiing and Memory Making in the 1920s.” The West and Beyond: Historians, Past, Present, and Future. Athabasca University Press, (2010).