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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.


Meet Shaun Hunter

2020 Historian in Residence

Shaun explores what literature says about Calgary. She is the author of Calgary through the Eyes of Writers, co-curated “Storied City: Early Calgary through the Eyes of Writers” at Lougheed House, and helped connect the city to Project Bookmark’s national trail. Shaun shares her passion for Calgary’s literary landscape at

During her term as Historian-in-Residence, Shaun will research and build an annotated digital map of Calgary’s literary touchstones. The map will feature sites from the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources and draw upon the Calgary’s Story collection. A final exhibit will showcase a physical map with text and photographs.

As Historian in Residence, Shaun aims to continue her work connecting Calgarians with the city’s stories and its storytellers. She will lead literary walks and give a variety of presentations focused on Calgary’s fascinating and surprising literary landscape. Be prepared for treasures!

Shaun has created two lists of recommendations, for those interested in Calgary’s history in general, as well as a list of Calgary LGBTQ+ stories that include the history of Pride Week.

Have questions for the Historian in Residence?

Shaun is happy to meet with fellow researchers and historians. You can book a virtual, individual consultation with her, with your preferred date and time, online.