Laura Suchan

Laura Suchan
Laura Suchan
To Cast a Reflection: The Henry Family in their Own Words.
he Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection was donated to the Archival Collection of the Oshawa Museum in the spring of 2013. The Collection of over 520 individual documents, including personal letters, receipts and business correspondence covering the period of 1850s to 1890s, seemed to almost be the contents of Thomas Henry’s desk. Within the collection was a group of letters written to Thomas Henry from his children, grandchildren and other family members. These letters offer an intimate and personal view into the life of one of Oshawa’s earliest settler families.
The Annotated Memoir of Rev. Thomas Henry
Until Day Dawns: Stories From Oshawa’s Union Cemetery
Memento Mori: Classifying Nineteenth Century Ontario Gravestones
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Laura Suchan is the Executive Director of the Oshawa Museum, a museum dedicated to the preservation of Oshawa’s history. Laura Suchan, M.A.: is a historian with over 25 years experience in the non-profit field. Laura’s passion for public history has led to conference presentations at provincial, national and international conferences including the Ontario Museum Association, History of Education Society, and the Association for Gravestone Studies.

In 2005, Laura developed a classification system for 19th century Ontario gravestones which allowed for a more systematic approach to the transcription and preservation of gravestones. This work led to the publication of her first book, Memento Mori: Classifying Nineteenth Century Ontario Gravestones in 2009 . An article based on this research was awarded the Doug Grandy Award for the best article published that year by the Durham Region Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society in 2010.

She is the author of Writing Memoirs for Fun and Profit and has taught oral history at Trent University in (Peterborough, Ontario) and Durham College (Oshawa, Ontario). Laura is passionate about helping people share their personal histories and has acted as consulted for several oral history projects. She has authored several articles for newspapers and journals about memoir writing, history and personal growth. She is a member of the Writers Community of Durham Region, the Abandoned Cemetery Committee for Clarington, Ontario, and is President of the Trent University Alumni Association for Oshawa/Durham. In her spare time Laura enjoys writing, yoga, traveling and spending time with her family.She currently contributes her time to several committees including the Unregistered Cemeteries Committee (Ontario Historical Society), the Trent University Alumni Association and the Women’s Herstory Connection of Durham Region.
Nineteenth Century Gravestones and Cemeteries, Oral History, Memoir Writing, Female Education in the Nineteenth Century, Creative Economy

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