Arts & Culture

Historian in Residence

Chat about Calgary's past.

The Historian in Residence is a six-month paid residency that supports individual researchers working in any genre related to the social, cultural and built history of Calgary, Treaty 7 and Métis Region 3.

They deliver free programs and act as a mentor to historians, writers, and researchers through individual consultations, and curate an exhibit at Central Library.

Presented in partnership with Heritage Calgary.

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Meet Tess McNaughton

2024 Historian in Residence

Tess has a wealth of experience in queer and women’s history and is a recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge working at the Galt Museum & Archives in Lethbridge. As Calgary Public Library’s Historian in Residence, they will be focusing on documenting the experiences of queer women, nonbinary, and transgender individuals living in Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary). Tess aims to create a dedicated queer archive, commemorating the overlooked stories of these marginalized communities.

Book a one-on-one consultation

Tess McNaughton is available for one-on-one consultations. To book a one-hour consultation, please use the calendar booking link.

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Recommended reads from 2024 Historian in Residence, Tess McNaughton

In this thoughtfully selected booklist, you will be immersed in 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, and BIPOC stories and poetry. From moments in history to modern-day stories, Tess’ booklist highlights experiences of underrepresented communities.

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