Elaine Young

Elaine Young
PhD Candidate, University of Guelph


Trent University B.A. (Honours); York University, M.A.

Academic Interests

My interests include memory, commemoration, public history, place, and tourism.

Current Research

Working with Dr. Alan Gordon, my dissertation will examine the evolution of War of 1812 battlefields on the Canadian Niagara Frontier, focussing on the 1880s to 1940s. The meanings and uses of these battlefields have evolved over time; they have been both the stage for and embodiment of contemporary notions of identity, leisure, and memory. The coexistence of many uses and views of the sites provides fascinating insight into the multifaceted roles the battlefields played within and beyond the commemorative sphere.

Academic Publications

“The Centennial Celebration of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and of One Hundred Years of Peace.” Ontario History, CIV, No.1 (Spring 2012): 3 – 20. Forthcoming.


“Local Commemoration, International Politics, and the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.” Presented at the War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium, University of Guelph, 25 February 2012.

“A Spirit of Grateful Memory’: Place, Memory, and the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.” Paper Presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Western Ontario, 1 June 2011.

“Being ‘Over There’: Veterans, Landscapes, and the Vimy Pilgrimage of 1936.” Presented at the 20th Annual Military History Colloquium, University of Western Ontario, 2 May 2009.

Teaching Experience

Sessional Instructor, History 3450: The Public Face of History. University of Guelph, Winter 2012.