Thomas H. B. Symons Award, Trent
University, 1979, for Best Essay, Fourth Year, Canadian Studies.
University Fellowship, University
of Saskatchewan, 1979.
University Scholarships, University
of Saskatchewan, 1980-85.
Travel Grants, J.S. Ewart Memorial
Fund, Winnipeg, Manitoba, for research at the National Archives, Ottawa Canada,
Ontario Arts Council, Writers
Reserve, 1986 ($1,000).
James J Hill Travel Grant for
twelve days research at the J J Hill Reference Library, St Paul, Minnesota,
Ontario Arts Council, Writers
Reserve, 1988 ($1,500).
Ontario Arts Council, Writers
Reserve, 1993 ($1,800).
Trent University's Symons Trust
Fund for assistance in publishing The Wartime Letters of Leslie & Cecil
Frost (2007) and Peter Gzowski, A Biography (2010).
Travel grant, Canada Council for
the Arts, 2010.
C: POST DOCTORAL:
Canada Council Travel Grants for
illustrated readings, Railway King of Canada, 1991 and 1992 ($1,200).
Ontario Historical Societys
Fred Landon Award for the best book 1989-1991 in Ontario regional history (for
The Railway King of Canada), 1992.
Canada Council, B Grant, May
1996-April 1997 ($15,000).
Recipient of a Lieutenant
Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement, February 2010.
Canadian Whos Who
Ontario Historical Society, Toronto
ON, 1994-2004, & 2009-.
Arts and Letters Club, Toronto ON,
Canadian Historical Association,
Ottawa Canada, 1980-.
Writers Union of Canada,
Toronto ON, 1991-.
Canadian Club, Lindsay Branch,
Lindsay ON, 1987-.
Trent Valley Archives Group,
Peterborough ON, 1993-.
Victoria County Historical Society,
Lindsay ON, 1992-1998.
Beaverton, Thorah & Eldon
Historical Society, Beaverton ON, 1976-1979 &1994-.
Bytown Railway Society, Ottawa
Midwestern Railway Society,
Winnipeg MN, 1992-2000.
British Association for Canadian
Studies, Edinburgh Scotland, 1983-.
Peterborough Historical Society,
Peterborough ON, 1992-.
Member, Editorial Board, Ontario
Member, Organizing Committee,
Ontario Historical Societys Annual Meeting, Peterborough ON, May 1993.
Reader/Reviewer, Journal of
Canadian Studies, 1993-94.
Editor, Donna McDonald, Lord
Strathcona, A Biography of Donald A Smith (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1997).
Researcher/writer (Dec97/Jan98) of
background paper on steamboats on Lake Simcoe, 1830-1930, for an Ontario
Heritage Foundation plaque erected 17 Sep 1998 at Barrie ON.
Judge, Mississauga Arts Awards,
Mississauga ON, 1999-2001.
Researcher/writer (Jan/Feb2000) of
background paper on the first last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway, for
an Ontario Heritage Foundation plaque erected in September 2000 near Dryden ON.
Editor, Wally Bebris, Loving
Milda (Toronto: privately printed), 2000.
Editor, A A MacKenzie, The
Harvest Train (Cape Breton: Breton Books), 2002.
Editor, Ontario History,
Member, Editorial Advisory Board,
Daily Post, Lindsay ON, 2005 - 2007
Vice President, Fund Development,
Association of Canadian Clubs, Ottawa ON, 2005 - 2007
Editor, Friends of The OPP Museum
Newsletter, August 2008-10.
Board Member, Friends of The OPP
Museum, February 2009-10.
Teacher, Secondary Level,
Scarborough Board of Education, 1967-75.
Teacher, Primary Level, Occasional,
Durham Board of Education and Victoria County Board of Education, 1975-78.
Teaching Assistant, University of
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, 1979-83.
Sessional Lecturer, University of
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, 1983-4.
Sessional Lecturer, Sir Sandford
Fleming College, Lindsay ON, 1988.
Sessional Lecturer, University of
Winnipeg, Peguis Indian Reserve, Hodgson MB, 1988-89.
Sessional Lecturer, Canadian Social
History, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Fall 1990.
Visiting Fellow, Centre of Canadian
Studies, University of Edinburgh, Spring 1991.
Sessional Lecturer, Canadian
History, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto ON, 1994.
History Tutor, Open College,
Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto ON, 1994-1997.
Sessional Lecturer, Durham College,
North Campus, Uxbridge ON, Fall 1995.
Research Associate, Leslie Frost
Centre for Canadian Heritage and Development, Trent University, Peterborough
Census Commissioner, Brock
Township, for 2001 Canadian Census, March-June 2001.
Researcher, Interviewer, Statistics
Eldon Connections, Portraits of
a Township (Lindsay: John Deyell Printers), 1975.
Argyle, A Pioneer Village
(Woodville: Woodville Legion and Wintario), 1976.
Sir William Mackenzie
in The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1985 and 1988.
Introduction, Beating the
Bounds, A Policemans Tale (Stockport Eng: Stockport Historical
The Trolley Takes
Command in Urban History Review, February 1991.
The Railway King of Canada, Sir
William Mackenzie, 1849-1923 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia
Press, 1991; paperback 1994 and 2000).
The Limits of Canadian
Multiculturalism in Canadian Speeches (July/August 1991).
The Unbearable Lightness of
Being Canadian in Journal of Canadian Studies (Summer 1992).
Boswells Children: The Art
of the Biographer (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1992. Editor/Contributor).
Sir William Howland in
Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. XIII, 1994.
The Lochaber Emigrants to
Glengarry (Toronto: Natural Heritage Inc, 1994. Editor).
Once We Built Railways
in The Literary Review of Canada, Vol. 5, no. 5 (May 1996).
From Horses to Stage Coaches,
Street Cars, Jitneys and Subways: Two Hundred Years of Transportation on the
Longest Street in the World in Wyn Millar, ed, The Life and Times of
Yonge Street (Toronto: Ontario Historical Society), 1996.
Yonge at 200, The Dramatic
Story of a Street and a Dream in The Beaver, August/September
Genealogy: The Somewhat
Unappreciated Study in Families (Ontario Genealogical Society),
Vol. 36, no. 1 (February 1997).
Hostess to a Nation in
The Beaver, August/September 1997.
Steamboat Follies in
The Beaver, June/July 1999 (nominated for a Canadian Magazine Award,
humour section, Spring 2000); reprinted in Douglas Hilker and Sue Harper, eds,
Elements of English 10 (Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 2000).
Eye on Canada, The
Documentary Photography of Frank Tyrell in The Beaver, June/July
Charles Mitchell, An
Obituary in The Fragment , Spring 2001.
The Royal Tour of Canada, The
1939 Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Toronto: Lynx
Lives Lived: Marjorie Frost
Porter in The Globe and Mail, 28 June 2002.
The Golden Age of the General
Store in The Beaver, Aug/Sept 2002.
General Stores of Canada:
Merchants and Memories (Toronto: Lynx Images), 2002.
"Islay-born Settlers in Eldon and
Thorah Townships: a Search for Patterns" in The Heritage Gazette of the
Trent Valley, August 2005.
The Wartime Letters of Leslie
and Cecil Frost 1915-1919 (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press),
Peter Gzowski, A Biography
(Toronto: Dundurn Press), 2010.
Three articles, on The Canadian
Northern Railway, The Mount Royal Tunnel and Hell's Gate Canyon, in The
Golden Age of Canadian Railways consultant ed. Bruce Clement Cooper (Worth
Press, Stroud, England, 2010), 137-47
"The Land Between Imagined" in
The Land Between, Encounters on the Edge of the Canadian Shield, ed. by
Thomas F. McIlwraith with The Land Between Circle (Markham: Fitzhenry and
Whiteside, 2013), 33-34
"I Remember Rita MacNeil" in
Globe and Mail, 26 April 2013.
"Lord Tweedsmuir: Governor General
Embraced Canadian Diversity Ahead Of His Time," on-line publication in
Leaders and Legacies series ed. by Roderick Benns,
"Samuel de Champlain and the
Portage Road in 1615" in The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, Feb
"A Tale of Two Premiers" in
Mariposa Exposed, ed. by Dennis Rizzo and Ross Greenwood (Orillia: Elite
Printing, 2016), 236-39
Looking For Old Victoria
County (Orillia ON: Rose Printing), 2017
"Musings On The Academy Theatre of
Music in January 1893" in Front Row Centre, A Pictoral and Narrative
Chronicle of the History of the Academy Theatre, 1893-2018, ed. by Jessie
Kennedy with Ian McKechnie and Valmay Barkey (Lindsay: Blewitt Printing, 2018),
"The White Pass Railway" in
Northward Journal, 1989.
"Greenbank" in Canadian Journal
of Church History, 1989.
"The Peoples Railway" in
Canadian Historical Review, 1994.
"The Burning Bush and a Few Acres
of Snow" in Canadian Journal of Church History, 1995.
"Store Wars" in The Literary
Review of Canada, 1997.
"A St. Andrews Look at Methodism to
1925" in Canadian Journal of Church History, 1998.
"Lines of Country" in The
Beaver, August/September 1999.
"The Carving of Canada" in
Canadian Speeches, January/February 2001
"The Carving of Canada: A Tale of
Parliamentary Gothic" in British Journal of Canadian Studies Vol 14, no
"Massanoga, The Art of Bon Echo" in
British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol 14, no 2, 1999.
"Out of Penumbra, Superb Canadian
Histories" in Books in Canada, September 2003".
"Tales of the CPR" in The
Beaver, October/November 2003"
"Come Blow Your Horne" in The
Beaver, October/November 2004.
"Country Post, Rural Service in
Canada, 1880 to 1945" in Ontario History, Spring 2004.
"Destinies, Fifth Edition, Canadian
History Since Confederation" in Ontario History, Autumn 2004.
"The Selected Papers of Arthur
Currie: Diaries, Letters, and Report to the Ministry, 1917-1933" in The
Canadian Historical Review, June 2009.
Articles on local history in The
Beaverton Express, Beaverton ON, 1974-78.
of Our Past, published by the Beaverton, Thorah & Eldon Historical
Society, Beaverton ON, 1978.
Bimonthly articles for Village
Voice, Beaverton ON, 1994.
Articles on history for The
Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, Peterborough, ON,
Series of articles for The
Lindsay Post 2005-06.
Contributor to The Ramara
Chronicle, March 2010-September 2011.
"Argentina build learning
experience for historian" in The Lindsay Post, 20 January 2012.
Founding member and programme
director, Beaverton, Thorah & Eldon Historical Society, Beaverton ON,
Producer, interviewer, Local
History Cable 10 TV, Lindsay ON, 1976-1978.
Chair, Unveiling Ontario Heritage
Foundation plaque in honour of Sir William Mackenzie, Kirkfield ON, June 1976.
Chair, producer, Meet the
Authors Day, Victoria County Spring Festival of the Arts, Lindsay ON,
featuring Alice Boissonneau, Munroe Scott and Donald Jack, May 1978.
Chairperson, producer, Meet
the Historians Day, Victoria County Spring Festival of the Arts, Lindsay
ON, featuring Elwood Jones, Michael Bliss and Leo Johnson, May 1979.
Co-organizer, chair, Unveiling
Ontario Heritage Foundation plaque in honour of George Laidlaw, Balsam Lake
Drive ON, August 1979.
Producer University of
Saskatchewans contribution to Century Saskatoons Remembering
Our Past, Saskatoon SK, May 1982.
Co-ordinator two-day lecture tour
Saskatoon by Irving Abella, York University, April 1983.
Advisor, World Canada Youth
exchange, Ecuador-Canada, Woodville ON, Summer 1989.
Co-author, Memoirs of Dr. Harcourt
Brown, Winnipeg MN, 1988-1990.
Member, Committee to restore Old
Stone Church, Beaverton ON, 1990-1994.
Member, Committee, Eldon Township
display booth, International Ploughing Match, Lindsay ON, Sept 1992.
President, Canadian Club, Lindsay
Branch, 1995-96 and Board Member 1994-.
Member, Save-the-Jail Committee,
Beaverton, Thorah & Eldon Historical Society, Beaverton ON, 1995-97.
Timothy Findley and Friends, an evening of readings and music,
Beaverton ON, July 1995.
Chair, Speakers Committee,
Beaverton, Thorah & Eldon Historical Society, Beaverton ON,
Interviewer, Cable 10 TV Lindsay ON
and COGECO Peterborough ON, re political-economic-heritage questions,
Interviewer, senior members of
Beaverton, Thorah & Eldon Historical Society for a video series, 1998-2002.
Board Member, Trent Valley
Archives, Peterborough ON, 2000-2002.
Board Member, Friends of Bata
Library, Trent University, 2002-2010.
Committee Member, Ontario
Historical Society, re Constitution Amendments, Jan 2002.
Participant, "Authors' Night", an
evening of readings and music, Beaverton ON, 9 July 2005.
Script Writer and Mozart
Impersonator for "Mozart 250," Lindsay ON, 28 Jan 2006.
Judge, Historica Fairs, Lindsay ON,
April and May, 2007-2009.
President, Lindsay Canadian Club,