For over twenty-five years Laura Suchan has written business plans and balanced budgets as an Executive Director with the Oshawa Historical Society. She is a historian, consultant, public speaker and cultural professional who has contributed her skills and expertise to a number of organizations and committees.
She currently works as the Executive Director of the Oshawa Museum, a museum dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Oshawa’s history. 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, the Oral History Association and the Association of Gravestone Studies.
In 2005, while fulfilling the requirements for a Masters Degree, 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 with a revised and expanded edition appearing in 2013. 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.
Laura is passionate about the storytelling power of history and has taught oral history at Trent University and Durham College. She has acted as oral history project consultant for several organizations including the Oshawa Historical Society, Parkwood Foundation and the Sea Cadets Bowmanville Chapter. Her work as project director for the Oshawa Historical Society’s oral history project and publication, Lakefront Memories, was recognized by the Ontario Museum Association with an Award of Merit for outstanding research.
Laura has authored numerous articles on various topics that have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Ontario Historical Society, Ontario Museum Association, Association for Gravestone Studies and The Writers Community of Durham Region. She has taken many courses on writing creative non-fiction and is a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region.
She currently contributes her time to several committees including as a board member and co-chair of the Preservation and Cemeteries Committee of the Ontario Historical Society and the Women’s Herstory Connection of Durham Region. Laura is a proud member of the Non-Fiction Authors Association and Association for Gravestone Studies.
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