Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. – Marie Curie

My name is Kat MacDonald and I am currently a Public History graduate student at Western University.

I graduated with distinction with a B.A Honours in History and German Studies from Queen’s University (2019). During the course of my undergrad my research interests included; Indigenous soldiers and veterans in Canada during the world wars and interwar years, Germany in the 20th century, and I briefly explored the world of public history.

My current historical research interests include:

  • Dark Tourism
  • Historical depictions on film and stage
  • Digital History
  • Indigenous soldiers and veterans in the First World War and Interwar years
  • Canada’s role in the Second World War
  • Commemoration and memory

Work Experience & Projects

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada
Intern (Summer of 2020)

  • Weekly blog; Social Media management and analysis, social media plans; graphic design
  • Event planning, Critical Path development, marketing and advertisement, Special Events manual
  • Exhibit research, layout and design
  • Collections management

Health and Beauty Exhibit at Museum London
Researcher (January 2020 to Present)

  • Responsible for following the appropriate steps in order to organize, curate and create a small window-shop exhibit at Museum London and for researching the items apart of the collection

Western University’s History Department
Graduate Teaching Assistant (September 2019 to Present)

  • Assistant for the course Wars that Changed the World, History 1810E
  • Create lesson plans, prepare materials and hold weekly tutorials
  • Teaching students the relevant material and hosting discussions to expand upon themes and topics; evaluate and mark student’s assignments

Loudun Witch Trials Documentary
Assistant Director (Winter Term 2020)
Assistant director, scriptwriter, production designer, editor and special effects member for a collaborative documentary with King’s College’s French and History classes.

Banting House National Historic Site Collaborative Project
(September 2019 to April 2020)

  • Responsible for primary and secondary research; utilizing Western Archives, online databases and Banting House’s own collection material
  • Responsible for organizing, conducting and transcribing oral interviews
  • Responsible for the design elements of the panel

“Rockin’ The Big House: Implications of Dark Tourism”
Podcast (September 2019)

  • Researched and compiled resources that provided historical context for the podcast, conducted an oral interview, and wrote the script
  • Edited the audio with audacity

Heritage Designation Project
Researcher (September 2019 to December 2019)

  • Responsible for compiling research on a house for the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH)
  • Utilized Western Archives, London Library, and digital resource collections in order to find fire insurance plans, city directories, biographies, architectural information, and assessment roles that assisted in the research of the house
  • Compiled findings in a report in accordance to the Ontario Heritage Act and LACH’s template
  • Presented verdict and findings to the committee during one of their meetings

Back to Civvy Street Walking Tour
Narrator, Developer, Assistant Project Manager (September 2019 to October 2019)

  • Responsible for assisting the project manager in organization of team members, data collection and miscellaneous elements
  • Responsible for learning about the Clio app for the walking tour, data entry, creation of the tour stops and tour itself
  • Acted as the female narrator for the audio aspect of the tour

Stories from the Spire, Sydenham Street United Church
Intern (September 2018 to December 2018)

  • Collected and compiled stories of the church’s history that emphasized the theme of “the everyday person” utilizing social history
  • Used city archives, special collections, church documents, online databases and oral interviews with congregation members to help write stories
  • Edited and organized the stories to be used for promotion of the church.

Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship  
Primary Researcher (May 2018 to September 2018)

  • Set up, conducted and transcribed oral history interviews with former guards and staff members of the penitentiary, historians and tourism experts
  • Conducted and compiled primary and secondary research to supplement oral histories
  • Wrote, filmed, directed, and narrated the documentary, still currently in post-production

Taste of the Library 
Researcher (January 2017 to April 2017)

  • Organized group members for the nationalism exhibit case
  • Read and researched cookbooks in the local collection, selecting cookbooks that fit the case; interpreted and wrote exhibit text for the cases
  • Assisted in the promotion of the opening of the exhibit; appearing on CKWS TV and being interviewed for a local newspaper