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Alumni Success Story: Evelyn Fidler

March 15, 2018

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Alumni Success Story: Evelyn Fidler

Class of 1986
Associate of Arts

Evelyn Fidler

What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

After graduating from Atlantic Baptist College in 1986 with my Associate of Arts, it seemed natural to continue my education at Acadia University. I wanted to further my studies in History, especially Atlantic Canada History. During my time there, one of my professors recognized my passion for museum work and pointed me to the University of New Brunswick’s Material History post graduate program. I graduated from UNB in 1992 with a Master of Arts in History and a post graduate diploma in Material History.

That same year, I was hired by Kings Landing [a 300-acre living history museum in New Brunswick with original buildings from the period of 1820-1920]. After twenty-six years of doing almost everything related to museum work, I am now Kings Landing’s Collection Manager of their 70,000 plus artifact collection. I also serve on the board of the Association Heritage New Brunswick.

Church at Kings Landing
Kings Landing Part of Collection
How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

Crandall welcomed me, a scared student, from small village in Nova Scotia and taught me to reach my full potential. I was encouraged to continue, even after almost flunking out of Biology (Hence the reason why I was in Arts.). Of course, Dr. Wilson played a major role, along with Dr. Mantz. But in the end, all my professors taught me something. I learned confidence, how to speak in public, how to research, and how to hold my own as one of only two females on the co-ed soccer team. I obtained a work grant and learned the value of hard work.

Note: Evelyn has been married since 1991 and has two grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth softball and soccer, playing sports when she can, and volunteering with local heritage initiatives.

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