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Maybe you want a "Ghost Writer," or a writer, for a history book, biography, autobiography, or historical novel.

Do you need research for helping you dig up information for your family tree?

I would be delighted to work with you, or your group, on any of the above, or perhaps some other project. 

Below, I have posted some information about myself along with my curriculum vitae.

I look forward to hearing from you!

I am a professional writer, researcher, and historian with more than 30 years experience. I have written more 400 newspaper and magazine articles, as well as three books about the history, and the people of the Georgian Bay region. I also was one of three historians who co-authored the Maritime History of Georgian Bay for Parks Canada.

Although you may think that I am just interested in projects related to the Georgian Bay region, nothing could be further than the truth. As a historian, I revel in the opportunity to use my research and writing skills to explore new stories, whether it is about personalities, regions, or events, I am always eager for a new challenge.

A perusal of the pages of history-articles.com will reveal that I have written about a wide variety of topics from my MA thesis about the impact of the forest products and tourism industries on the economy of the Bruce Peninsula, to the exploits of hockey players from Canada's Maritime provinces, to Indigenous topics such as land claims and the residential schools.

I look forward to hearing from you!

My Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • Honours B.A., History and Canadian Studies - Trent University - 1979
  • M.A., History - University of Western Ontario - 2020

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:

  • "Donald Alexander Macdonald," Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume XII, 1891-1900 - Co-authored with Professor Bruce Hodgins (1987)
  • The Impact of the Forest Products and Tourism Industries on the Development of the Bruce Peninsula, 1850-2019, MA Thesis, University of Western Ontario, 2020

ARTICLES:

  • 1994-2002 - Owen Sound Sun Times - weekly "Local History" column featuring the heritage of Owen Sound and Georgian Bay region
  • 1996-1997 - Beckett Vintage Magazine - several articles about hockey history related to sports memorabilia
  • 2007-2008 - Sideroads Magazine - Parry Sound, Ontario - several articles about the heritage and the people of the eastern Georgian Bay region
  • 2015-2017 - Spotlight Magazine - monthly column about the heritage of Grey and Bruce counties

NOTE: Most of the articles published in these newspapers and magazines can be found in the pages of this website.

BOOKS:

  • The Hockey Scrapbook: Hockey Memories of the Bruce County & Owen Sound Region, Bruce County Museum, (1997)
  • Owen Sound: The Port City, Natural Heritage Press (now Dundurn Press) (2000) 
  • Great Centremen: Stars of Hockey's Golden Age, Altitude Publishing (2006) 
  • Shooting for the Moon: The Bill Beagan Story, Amazon (2111)
  • East Coast NHLers, Formac Publishing (2111) 
  • Hockey’s Royal Family: The Conachers, Amazon (2015)

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS:

  • 1991-1994 - The Maritime History of Georgian Bay - Parks Canada - part of a three-person team of historians 

RESEARCH NETWORKS:

  • 1984-1987 - Camp Wanapitei - Board of Directors
  • 1997- Present - Society for International Hockey Research 
  • 2001-2002 - Archives Association of Ontario - Board of Directors
  • 2001-2002 - Represented Grey County on an Ontario Government committee to create a heritage tourism program featuring the history of the Underground Railway in Ontario.
  • 2002-2005 - Marine Rail Museum, Owen Sound, Ontario - Board of Directors 
  • 2007 – 2011 - Friends of the West Parry Sound District Museum
  • 2009- 2011 - Friends of the West Parry Sound District Museum - chairperson
  • 2015 – Present – Great Lakes Historical Society
  • 2017 -2019 - Nature London
  • 2018 - Present - Forest History Society of Ontario
  • 2020 - Present - Ontario Historical Society
  • 2020 - Present - Trent Valley Archives - Peterborough, Ontario

HERITAGE PROJECTS:

  • 1999-2002 – Archivist/Project Manager Grey County Archives – Created the County of Grey’s first archives. 

AWARDS:

  • 2000 - Heritage Ontario Award - for my efforts to promote and preserve the heritage of the Grey County region

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 1997 - Date - Over 200 presentations to Historical Societies, Genealogical groups, and Service Groups about promoting local Heritage events and organizations. As well as radio and television interviews promoting books, heritage events and heritage institutions
  • 2001 – Archives Association of Ontario – Annual Convention - How Volunteers Can Make an Archives Run Effectively and Efficiently

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Where To Now?

Professional Inquiries  I welcome all inquiries and this is the place where submissions for professional projects can be submitted.

My Book Publishing  My book publishing career was a natural extension from my history articles that I had researched, written, and published with various newspapers and magazines. They are listed here for your perusal.

Bruce Peninsula  The Bruce Peninsula is more than a haven for those wishing to hike and explore the natural beauty of this region. It is a place full of rich history, as you will discover on this site.

Georgian Bay Sailing

Sailing vessels traversing the rugged waters of Georgian Bay predate the arrival of European explorers and settlers.


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