Carleton University and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) are proud to announce the selection of Sara McGillivray as the Garth Wilson Memorial Fellow in Public History.
McGillivray, who is pursuing a master’s in Public History at Carleton, will focus her research on how technological changes and innovations in the 20th century – such as the phonograph, radio, phone and television – changed the way families interacted with others and their environment, as well as the evolution of the dynamics inside the home, under the guidance of Carleton Prof. David Dean.
“This fellowship is an excellent example of the cross-collaborative opportunities afforded to students in the Department of History at Carleton,” said Dean. “It is a result of the strong ties the university maintains with national cultural institutions like the CSTMC, which are located right here in the nation’s capital. We are extremely excited for Sara and the research avenues she will pursue.”
“We are delighted to have Sara working with us over the next two years,” said Bryan Dewalt, director of the Curatorial Division at the CSTMC. “One of our goals for the fellowship is to promote our collection as a rich research resource and fertile field of historical inquiry. We also hope that through our work with Sara we will gain a better understanding of current research interests and methodological approaches within the public history field. The Garth Wilson Fellowship is a great example of museums and universities working together to achieve common objectives.”
Over the course of the two-year fellowship, McGillivray will have supervised access to the CSTMC’s collection to research material culture. In addition to contributing to the CSTMC’s exhibit development, her work will yield a major research essay as part of her normal degree requirements at Carleton, as well as contribute to various presentations of her findings.
This Public History Fellowship was established to honour the memory of Garth Wilson, who was a curator at the Canada Science and Technology Museum for 21 years. As curator of transportation, Wilson greatly contributed to some of the museum’s best-known long-term exhibitions such as Canoes: the Shape of Success and In search of the Canadian Car. Wilson was also a strong, early supporter for Carleton’s nationally renowned master’s in Public History.
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