My blog post on the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Curiosity blog is about powerful women in history who are lesser known today. I will be teaching a Fall 2022 course about the history of Women in Power at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and the 1887 Colonial Conference. These occasions set precedents for future royal jubilees and modern Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings.
My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 including the celebrations in the United Kingdom, Canada and other Commonwealth countries.
2022-2023 (in person and online courses)
Tuesdays (in class) Women in Power (University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies)
Thursdays (online) Imperial Spain (University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies)
One of my new articles in the Canadian Encyclopedia looks back to Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee 20 years ago including the tour of Canada by the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in October, 2002.
My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), watercolour artist, farmer and sister of the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II. Grand Duchess Olga and her family fled to Denmark following the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and then to Canada after the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of Russians immigrated to Canada in the first half of the 20th century. They included industrial and agricultural workers and members of the former Russian aristocracy.
In honour of the Queen’s 95th birthday, my latest article in Reader’s Digest Canada presents the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 30 quotes from informal conversations to official speeches.
Click here to read Queen Elizabeth’s Incredible Life in 30 Quotes at Reader’s Digest Canada
I also discussed Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th birthday and the history of royal train tours of Canada with Janet Davison at CBC News
Click here to read The Queen turns 95: In mourning but unwavering in her role at CBC News
I discussed the Queen’s 95th birthday and Royal Train Tours of Canada with Breakfast Television Toronto on City TV. Click here to watch the interview!
My new feature article in History Extra, the online BBC History Magazine is about the history of debutantes and social season from the first Queen Charlotte’s Ball in 1780 to the last presentation of debutantes to the royal family in 1958. In addition to the fashions, parties and traditions of the social season in the United Kingdom, I also discuss debutante traditions in Canada, the United States and Australia.
Martha Louise Black, naturalist, politician (born 24 February 1866 in Chicago, Illinois, USA; died 1 November 1957 in Whitehorse, Yukon). Martha Black joined the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, hiking over the Chilkoot Pass. She became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for her research and lectures on Yukon flora. From 1935 to 1940, Black represented the Yukon in Parliament. She was the second woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons.
My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Sylvia Stark (1839-1944), a notable pioneer in the history of British Columbia. Born into enslavement, Sylvia Stark was one of more than 600 Black Americans who emigrated to British Columbia in 1858 at the invitation of Governor James Douglas. She was one of the original settlers on Salt Spring Island.