Lauren Markewicz is a public historian who lives and works in the depths of Saskatchewan, Canada. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s Master of Public History program and specializes in Canadian history. Lauren has worked in the fields of education and interpretation for over a decade: at historic sites, national parks, schools, and universities.
She worked for several years in the wilds of Elk Island National Park, where she regularly blurred the lines between “national park” and “historic site.” When she wasn’t making visitors passionate about the history of bison, she taught children and adults essential woodland survival skills, fun facts about wildlife, and how to find bison. Lauren enjoyed being caught in “bison jams” instead of traffic jams on her way to work. She asked so many questions about bison history that she ended up writing a book about it.
Lauren worked as a costumed historical interpreter at Fort Edmonton Park for four years, and spent a season at Fort Langley National Historic Site, and enjoys learning and teaching history by embodying it.
Now she lives and works in Prince Albert National Park, where she has regular close encounters of the elk kind and has taken to reading huge books of history on the beach on her time off. (As one does.)
Lauren’s views are, of course, her own, and are not representative of any of the sites where she has worked or does work.
Publications and Research Projects
Lauren has worked as a contributing author, a historical consultant, or as a research assistant for numerous public history projects. If you would like to employ her for your own research project, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Author of the book Like Distant Thunder: Canada’s Bison Conservation Story, a Parks Canada publication
- Contributing blogger to the Edmonton City as Museum Project:
- Historical consultant for Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard’s historical novel The Beauty Doctor
- Research assistant for Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s Somme: Into the Breach
- Research assistant for Ted McCoy’s Four Unruly Women: Stories of Incarceration and resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison
- Historical consultant for author Erin Kinsella’s current novel writing project centered around female pirates in the eighteenth century