ACA UM Chapter goes skating


group ice skating

-20 temperatures are practically toasty here in Winnipeg so what better way to celebrate the warm temps than to hit the river trail! We decided to explore the Red River portion hoping the wind wouldn’t be too bad…and it wasn’t! Along the way we checked out some of the neat warming huts. We made it about 3/4 of the way down the trail before deciding to head back to the Forks to find some beverages and hot food. It was well needed – see Andrew’s face.

All in all, it was a great time, thanks to everyone who was able to make it out!




1st Year Feature: Laura Elsie Garinger

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Laura Elsie Garinger was born and raised in Flin Flon, MB, in Treaty 5 territory. While working on her Honours History degree at the University of Winnipeg, she was introduced to many different student groups, including the Canadian Federation of Students, where she served as the Manitoba component’s Women’s Commissioner for two years, as well as with the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association, where she served as the Vice-President Student Affairs and President. Although she has experience working in a library, a gallery, and a museum (thanks, Young Canada Works!), she decided to apply to the Archival Studies program at the University of Manitoba to stay connected to historical study while also providing an important public service. Laura Elsie is focusing her thesis on the place of scientific data in the archives, particularly botanical specimens. Her hobbies include knitting, gardening (confined to the indoors), social justice activism, and making pies. 

Welcome to the program Laura!

Welcome back!

Busses are packed. Campus is buzzing. Classes are back in session. Hope everyone is having a nice first week of the semester. I’ll be sending out an email tomorrow to our exec to set up a meeting so we can discuss plans for January to April. Keep an eye out for events and workshops in the near future!


1st year feature – Kristine Lehew

Hey, it isn’t always easy to meet the 1st years. With their noses to the grindstone and our  thesis-year students busy working at home here in Winnipeg, across Canada and abroad it’s tough to cross paths sometimes. So, we’ve decided to bring the 1st years to you through some individual features.

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Kristine Lehew is a first-year student in the Archival Studies program at the University of Manitoba. Kristine was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In Calgary, she completed her undergrad at St. Mary’s University with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in History. When Kristine was fourteen years old, she saw an archivist on a television show. She thought that the archivist was the “coolest person ever” and that the archivist was so lucky to get to handle all of those old documents. This sparked a passion in Kristine that led to many confusing conversations and explanations with career counsellors, friends and family. She started following her passion by volunteering at the Roman Catholic Diocese archives in Calgary. This led to many more wonderful experiences in archives. Kristine worked as summer student in the City of Calgary’s and King’s Own Calgary Regiment’s archives. She also spent a summer doing records management assistance for the Office of the President at the University of Calgary. This all eventually led her to the University of Manitoba’s Archival Studies program. Kristine’s research interests tend to focus on Canadian childhood history and religious history. When she is not studying Kristine loves to travel, hike (in her backyard Rocky Mountains) and dance.

Welcome to the program Kristine!


Congrats Petra!

Big congratulations to Petra Lundy who successfully defended her thesis this morning!

Since our last post in early 2017, the Archival Studies program has seen a number of other successful defences which includes Chantel Fehr, Sarah Story, Elizabeth-Anne Johnson, Nicole Courrier, Marta Dabros, Alanna Wood, Leesha Cowan, Tyler McNally, and Kevin Palendat. Well done everyone!

For a full list of the ever growing research theses produced by our program click here.


Bake sale this Friday!

It’s that time of year again when exam stress is hitting and people’s stomachs are grumbling. Well have no fear, the ACA student chapter baking squad is here. This Friday from 9am-3pm come indulge in some sweets. You’ll find us on the 1st floor of Fletcher Argue at the U of M Fort Garry Campus.