Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

I am an author, freelance writer, and personal historian. If you’re looking for someone to help tell the story of your life, your company, or your community, please feel free to contact me.

Recent Blog Posts

Review: Victoria’s Most Haunted
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Victoria is often semi-jokingly referred to as a city of the newly wed and nearly dead. But as Ian Gibbs shows in Victoria’s Most Haunted, this Canadian coastal city is not just full of students and retirees – but also the not-so-recently departed. Gibbs, a tour guide for VictoriaR...
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Panel on Public History in Vegas Next Month!
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I am very pleased to be joining a distinguished panel of public historians, community activators and scholars next month at the annual meeting of the National Council of Public Historians. Our topic, Sharing Power: Reconciling Indigenous-Settler Narratives is near and dear to my heart, as is long...
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SKY GIRL takes third place at RWA’s Emily Awards!
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Really honoured to have my first (unpublished) young adult book, Sky Girl, place in this contest. I know it’s a tough competition with entries from talented emerging voices from around the world. Thanks to the West Houston chapter of the Romance Writers of America for coordinating all the s...
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Demons and Better Angels: Writing Talk in Houston on April 2
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Demons and Better Angels: Writing Talk in Houston on April 2
Demons and Better Angels: Finding the Path to Our Truest Stories (and a Little Bit of Peace of Mind) In this session, I will share my breakdowns and breakthroughs, and offer some of the best wisdom and tools I’ve discovered for getting past blocks and continuing to tell the stories that mat...
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Want to Be a Writer? Come Learn More on March 24 in Fort Bend!
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Want to Be a Writer? Come Learn More on March 24 in Fort Bend!
I’m very pleased to be part of this event at the Sienna Plantation Public Library in Missouri City, Texas. It’s FREE and open to the public. While it’s especially geared toward students in grades 9 through 12, there will also be lots of great information for adults who are consi...
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Women in Aviation History Talk on March 22nd in Richmond, Texas
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Women in Aviation History Talk on March 22nd in Richmond, Texas
In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, George Memorial Library in Richmond will present a special program, “The History of Women in Aviation,” on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. In her presentation, local author and aviation historian Danie...
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John Bogie to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018!
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John Bogie to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018!
Members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame are selected for their contributions to Canada’s development through their integral roles in the nation’s aviation history. The inductees in 2018 will join the ranks of the 228 esteemed men and women inducted since the Hall’s formation in 1973, bringing t...
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Rod Digney remembers Laurentian Air Services
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Rod Digney remembers Laurentian Air Services
Rod Digney’s Monday Memories #78 For many years, the north field at Hunt Club and what is now Paul Benoit Driveway was the home base of Canadian aviation pioneer Laurentian Air Services. The founders of LAS began operating at the Hunt Club Field in 1919, incorporated in 1936 and actually ow...
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Canada’s History Takes Centre Stage in Ottawa-Gatineau
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Canada’s History Takes Centre Stage in Ottawa-Gatineau
I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to Ottawa-Gatineau where I got to emcee the 10th annual Canada’s History Forum and gala. They were held at the Canadian Museum of History on the Quebec side, and it was a stimulating and inspiring series of events. At the heart of it all, I felt, we...
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Review of Haunted Hospitals
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Mark Leslie and Rhonda Parrish, Haunted Hospitals: Eerie Tales about Hospitals, Sanatoriums, and Other Institutions (Dundurn, 2017), 220 pages.   When Rhonda Parrish moved in next to the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta – reputed to be the most haunted building in the city...
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