Well, it’s been quite the rush but my first semester as a Public History graduate student at Western University is coming to a close. I’ve still got a few end-of-term assignments left, but I’m 80%+ complete all but one of them. The last three months or so have thrown many varied assignments my way. I’ve finished a Heritage Designation project for the City of London’s Heritage Planner, worked on a RAD inventory project at the London Life Corporate Archives, and built a promotional website and timeline for my book at www.eaglesoverhusky.ca. Please take the time to check it out and let me know what you think! You can get to the timeline directly by clicking here.
In other exciting news, I’ve recently received my first proofs from Helion & Company for Eagles over Husky. I probably won’t look at them in detail until closer to the Christmas break, but this is really exciting. My manuscript actually looks like the inside of a book! Assuming I get the proofs turned around on time, the book should be released in the UK by mid-January or February at the latest. It looks like the book won’t be available at North American retailers until March. In the meantime, I’ll be buying plenty of author’s copies to sell on this side of the Atlantic.
I also recently received a really great testimonial for the book from one of my mentors, Professor Marc Milner, Director of The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society.
“Eagles over Husky is an exceptional debut for a young scholar. It combines excellent research, clear and evocative writing, and deep reflection to give us totally new insights not only into Operation Husky in 1943, but the whole higher direction of the Allied war effort in Europe during this critical phase. Fitzgerald-Black provides us with a model of how the role of airpower in the major campaigns of the Second World War can best be understood.”
– Marc Milner, University of New Brunswick, Canada
I’m literally blown away by Marc’s comments. I can’t wait to start the rounds giving talks about my book and raising awareness for Operation Husky’s 75th anniversary this summer. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with interview requests etc. You can get hold of me by filling out this form. Keep an eye on http://www.eaglesoverhusky.com for new content leading up to the book launch and the anniversary!
There’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. My fellow students and I will be working on an oral history project with Western University’s McIntosh Gallery. We’ll also be researching and writing a history of beautiful Woodland Cemetery in London, Ontario. What I’m looking forward to most is beginning my work at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. I’ve already been volunteering there and can’t wait to get started in collections management. It looks like I’ll be handling some artefacts donated by the estate of Milton F. Gregg, who I wrote about back in October. What a thrill!