Bonnie Huskins, historian, diaries, Loyalist sociability
University of New Brunswick
Bonnie Huskins has always had a passion for local history. She credits this interest to three variables: i) growing up in Saint John, New Brunswick, where history is literally embedded in the landscape; ii) having a grandmother who recorded community and family history by keeping a daily diary for 47 years; and iii) having supportive parents who realized the importance of an advanced education. Huskins followed her interest in the history of Atlantic Canada by obtaining a PhD from Dalhousie University in 1992. She taught Canadian history for approximately 12 years at the University College of the Fraser Valley (now the University of the Fraser Valley) in British Columbia, and then in 2004, relocated back to the Maritime region for personal and professional reasons. Since then she has been an Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, and has been teaching at the Fredericton and Saint John campuses, as well as at Saint Thomas University. Her courses have included many with a regional focus, including the history of Atlantic Canada, the history of New Brunswick, and the history of the Loyalists in the Maritimes. Huskins` research interests include working with diaries: she is currently working on a manuscript based on her grandmothers` diaries and is planning to examine the diaries and correspondences of many of the Loyalists in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Huskins` most recent research project analyzes the significance of `social occasions`(i.e., balls, banquets, frolics, parades, and so on) for the first two generations of Loyalist families in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.