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Ayda Loewen-Clarke

Degrees:Master of Arts in Public History with Specialization in Digital Humanities (November 2020)

Research Essay:

Street Fighters:  Heritage Activism and Street (Re)naming in St. Norbert, Manitoba

(essay and website)


Michel Hogue

What is your favourite thing about the program?

My favourite part of the Public History program was the amount of practical, hands-on learning we got to do outside of a traditional classroom environment. Through both the internship and course visits to museums, archives, collections facilities, and heritage buildings, we got to learn about public history by actually doing it.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

There were so many wonderful readings that I could make reference to here, but one that really stands out in my memory is “Written as I Remember It: Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder” by Elsie Paul, Paige Raibmon, and Harmony Johnson. It is such a well-done example of translating oral storytelling into textual form, and was not only incredibly informative from a historical viewpoint, but also an absolute delight to read.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be working in the heritage sector in Winnipeg, and navigating all the challenges and possibilities that come with virtual heritage work and online museum programming in this wild new world.