Nice to make your acquaintance. My name is Isaac Stewart, and according to my business card I’m a freelance historian and writer based out of Stratford, Prince Edward Island. Allow me to extend to you a warm welcome to the global headquarters of my non-existent empire!
A bit about me. I’m a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island (go Panthers), where I studied History and Classics, and tossed in Latin and Greek for masochistic measure (no regrets). Since 2006, I’ve been diversely involved in the Island’s heritage scene, working for the Prince Edward Island Museum & Heritage Foundation at its central storage facility (the “Artifactory”), as well as for the Provincial Archaeology Office as a field technician and researcher, which I left to make the leap to self-employment in January 2014.
As a freelancer, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with local heritage groups, universities, and media organizations, as well as with private clients in Canada, the US, and as far away as the UK. It’s been something of a wild ride to be sure and definitely not the most stable form of employment, but it’s the pursuit of a dream and heck, isn’t that what makes life worth living? I like to think so, especially when I’m crying myself to sleep at night.
I don’t actually cry myself to sleep.
So, what can you expect from this site? Well, I love nothing more than a good story from the past, the quirkier and more random the better. As such, what you’ll read on here is, by and large, a wide-ranging collection of anecdotes reflective of the fact that I don’t discriminate when it comes to Island history – it all interests me. Whereas some historians like to pontificate on broad themes and issues, I’m big into the minutiae, the nitty-gritty, the finer details that add colour to narrative. I like to think of my content as wonderfully wacky and informative-ly informal; if you’re looking for academic analysis, this ain’t it.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name “PEI History Guy”, yes, I gave it to myself, and yes, I chose it in large part because it rhymes and I like rhymes. I could have been the “PEI History Dude”, but frankly that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it? So we’re in agreement.