business since 1996
ERIC KRAUSE GENEALOGY
ERIC RICHARD KRAUSE
(January 26, 1943, Leamington, Ontario, Canada - )
LYNDA JEAN (RICHARDS b. RIMMER) KRAUSE
(June 18, 1946, Welland, Ontario, Canada - )
FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG CAREER AND ACTIVITIES
1972 - 1997
Domestic Architecture Historian (Parks Canada - Fortress of Louisbourg:
For all my reports see: : http://www.krausehouse.ca/krause/KrauseReportsWP_Html.html
Early days at the Fortress
FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG (1972-1997)
Together — and that’s the key word — together, we historians, archivists, architects, archaeologists, clerks, curators, artisans of many crafts, interpreters, guides and managers who cared, together we aimed to figure out the intellectual puzzle of Louisbourg on a grand scale. The colleagues who influenced and inspired me the most, in alphabetical order, were : Sandy Balcom, Ken Donovan, John Fortier, Eric Krause, Yvon LeBlanc, Terry MacLean and Bill O’Shea. We were a history laboratory, a quasi-think tank on the past. Our fundamental questions were: What had been this place, this Louisbourg, and what could it be now? We found our individual and collective answers, and laid them out on pages, panels, exhibits and in a re-created world.
Donovan, Ken, Forum: Louisbourg Researchers Recall their Roles in the Reconstruction of Louisbourg, 1961-2013, pp. 424-425.
Domestic Architecture Historian (Parks Canada - Fortress of Louisbourg: 1972-1997)
By the mid-1970s, the fortress research program was beginning to find bright, young, mostly anglophone Nova Scotians, often with new Ph.Ds., looking to come home and make careers close to home and family. A few come-from-aways stayed long term: Ontarians Bob Morgan and Eric Krause, and archaeologist Bruce Fry from Britain ...
Instead of every historian on the team working urgently on architecture, the filing system meant architecture could become the concern of one or two, and eventually mostly Eric Krause ...
Historical Records Supervisor (Parks Canada - Fortress of Louisbourg: 1977-1997)
In 1975 ... Eric Krause unofficially assumed responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the archives in addition to his regular duties as historian... Later, in February 1977, one result of the "growing awareness of the conservation maintenance requirements of the project" and future operational park was the proposal to create the permanent position of Historical Records Supervisor, with a support staff consisting of one librarian/archives technician and, later, one part-time archives clerk to deal exclusively with the extensive photo collection ... Appointed in an acting capacity in 1977, Krause became Historical Records Supervisor on 6 June 1978...
Eric Krause, "The Fortress of Louisbourg Archives: The First Twenty-Five Years" in Aspects of Louisbourg (University College of Cape Breton, 1995), pp. 296-312
Fortress of Louisbourg Archives: The First Twenty-Five Years, By
Eric Krause, Fortress of Louisbourg Unpublished Report H H 45, 1996
- Please Note: This report is Fortress of Louisbourg copyrighted.
Louisbourg was the largest research project, by any measure, in Canadian history. It became Canada’s largest and most sophisticated historic site. We had marvellous finding aids developed by dedicated historians such as Gilles Proulx and Eric Krause, among others.
Donovan, Ken, Forum: Louisbourg Researchers Recall their Roles in the Reconstruction of Louisbourg, 1961-2013, p. 412.
1973 - c.1980
As members of the Fortress of Louisbourg Volunteers, from time to time, in the first couple of years, Lynda and I played a role in costume in special events: Me as a soldier; Lynda as an inhabitant. Lynda continued her costume days later when she became manager (1979) of the on site De La Plagne House coffee and pastry shop operated by the Volunteer organization
1974: Eric Krause / 1976: Art Fennell and Eric Krause
Lynda Jean Krause
Left Foreground: Eric Krause
1976 - 1997
Historical Records Supervisor (Parks Canada - Fortress of Louisbourg: 1976-1997 - Retired (February, 1997)
Rear: John Johnston, Ken Donovan
Centre: Eric Krause, Terry MacLean, Chris Moore
Front: Gilles Proulx, Maria Razzolini, Brenda Dunn, Bob Morgan
Cape Breton Post, Saturday, November 19, 2011
© Parks Canada
Historians at Louisbourg
Published February 2, 2015 by A.J.B. Johnston
Yet another flashback. In 1979 there was a conference in Sydney that had a focus on the 18th century. The event included an excursion — how could it not? — out to the Fortress of Louisbourg. Attending the conference were a gaggle of former and current Fortress historians. Someone had the bright idea to take a photo of us all. Ken Donovan and I are in the back row, with historian / archivist Eric Krause, the late Terry MacLean and renowned writer and historian Christopher Moore in the middle row. In front, left to right, are Gilles Proulx, Maria Razzolini, Brenda Dunn and the late Bob Morgan.
I think at its peak, the Fortress might have had seven historians working on the project. In my time there were usually three. More recently the number dropped to one. Currently there are none. It would be a shame, a grave mistake, if the investment that was made to give Louisbourg historical depth, were to be cast aside. The place needs at least one historian there working with the historical documentation and sharing what she or he finds with the interpretive staff.
1979 - [?]
DE LA PLAGNE HOUSE
De La Plagne House Coffee and Pastry Shop, Lynda Krause, Manager,
Operated by the Fortress of Louisbourg Volunteer Association
Lynda's Staff at the De La Plagne House - First Year of Operation, 1979
March 30, 1980 - Certificate of Appreciation - Parks Canada - Volunteer Program
MID 1980s - 2009
DIGITIZATION OF LOUISBURG'S HISTORICAL RECORDS
The first challenge was to convince those with the dollars that now that the Fortress (particular its administration section) had entered the computer age, that it was only logical to stand up a distinct Library and Archives data retrieval system. The database system that I chose for computerizing its holdings was Inmagic.
"So large and so important was the Historical Records Collection to the various park programmes that the archives was able to convince the department of the need to purchase a computer for the creation of "an archival/library catalogue data base to meet operational maintenance, research and interpretive demands from within and without the park, including other National Parks and Historic Sites 89 --- 89 Ibid [FL, Central Registry], file 1730-1-1, attachment to Eric Krause, 19 November 1984 ... " in Eric Krause , The Fortress of Louisbourg Archives: The First Twenty-Five Years" in Archivaria, The Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists , Number 26, Summer 1988, p. 145.
Released in 1984, it was DOS based and met all of our needs most effectively. Numerous databases were developed as their need arose. Inmagic was most intuitive and easily understood.
In 1995 Inmagic was seamlessly upgraded to a windows version known as DB/TextWorks which, from that, in 1996 there arose a web-enabled version. Then, in 2002, with its associated WebPublisher, this allowed me, as webmaster (1995-2009) of the entire Fortress of Louisbourg Institute web to publish the databases (and update them daily) on the Institute's server maintained at the then University College of Cape Breton (UCCB) until the plug on this Fortress website (including these databases) was unexpectedly pulled in 2009.
I then transferred the entire web to my active Web - email@example.com - where its remains today, generally archived with updates as required.
Archivist: Public Archives of Canada Archivist Certificate (1981)
I was in Ottawa taking the course, c. September 8 to c. October 9, 1981
P-83-1593 Louisbourg, Parks Canada Collection
© Parks Canada
Eric R. Krause - Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
Left to Right
Front Row: Gilles Proulx, Maria Razzolini, Brenda Dunn, Bob Morgan
Middle Row: Eric Krause, Terry MacLean, Chris Moore
Top Row: John Johnston, Ken Dovovan
SEPTEMBER 9-17 / SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 3
Public Service of Canada Strike (PSAC)
The strike ("The PSAC strike took place September 9 - 17, 1991 and from September 30 - October 3, 1991") caused great dissension at Louisbourg, including the issue of 13 days of lost pay. A few of us, including me, on the principle of a right to work, crossed the line with a RCMP escort, each day to get to work. Sad situation all around at Louisbourg
1994 - 1995
Philatelic Research For Canada Post for the production of the Fortress of Louisbourg Stamp (1995-05-09)
JULY 28 - July 30
Louisbourg 1995: The Grand Encampment
"For three full days (July 28-30), the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site came to life as never before. Close to 1200 historic reenactors from across Canada and the United States camped out at the reconstructed 18th-century town. Thirteen tall ships, including Bounty, Rose and Bluenose filled the harbour and long boats crowded the waterfront quai."
My contribution was to set up a dedicated DOS driven PC computer with a Bernoulli Box on site in the De la Plagne House where I entertained visitors answering their genealogical requests.
1995 - 2009
Webmaster for the Louisbourg Institute Web Site: fortress.cbu.ca - (Sydney: 1995-2009)
FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG RETIREMENT SPEECH BY BILL O'SHEA, HEAD OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES
Fortress of Louisbourg 24 January 1997
Eric Krause: historian, archivist, Louisbourg professional, sportsman, community volunteer, gadfly, computer maven.
As an historian, over the last 3 decades, Eric Krause has contributed substantially to the physical and intellectual structure of the Fortress of Louisbourg. Since his arrival here, he has been on the ground floor of all major decisions relating to the reconstruction of the Fortress. He also had major influence in the presentation of the historic site as agenda chairman of the Period Presentation Committee. He has played an active role in the generation-long fight to aspire to standards of accuracy and to convince people that the accurate application of information is our strength.
As an archivist/librarian, Eric Krause took over the torch passed on by people such as Gilles Proulx and has maintained and upgraded the library and archives. Saving much useful material from destruction, he helped create a more professional mindset. His computerization of data has set the standard for the future. It is no exaggeration to say that he wanted to take us where no one had ever been before, at least here in this lonely corner of Atlantic Canada.
As a general Louisbourg professional, Eric Krause made two contributions within the last 2 years that stand out in my mind. The first is the work that he did to research and help design the Louisbourg commemorative stamp that was issued in 1995. Without Eric's work the stamp project would not have been accomplished. The second major contribution is his work on the Louisbourg Institute. He was at the secret meeting in the fall of 1994 that got the idea rolling again after a hiatus of over 10 years. He served as the Louisbourg co-chair and was the inspiration behind major accomplishments during the first year including setting up the Web Site, working with the Schoolnet project and being the lead editor of Aspects of Louisbourg.
As a sportsman we all marvel at Eric's wide-ranging involvements from hockey to tennis, golf, slowpitch and walking. For those of us who were involved in the early days of the Parks Canada Slowpitch Tournament the one figure that stands out and could be considered responsible for the success of that undertaking is Krause. This led to movement for his nomination to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and its subsequent rejection by the Cooperstown people. But we got the rejection on official letterhead.
As a community volunteer, Eric Krause made an outstanding contribution to the 1995 celebrations. He was one of the original members of the Louisbourg 1995 Commemoration Society and an active participant on the small committee that set up the programme for the events which made the summer a memorable event for Nova Scotia. His work on the Jost house established the heritage value of the property. It encouraged Joan Harris not only to complete that work but to move on to other exciting projects which will involve Eric.
As a gadfly, Krause has challenged many of our preconceived notions. He saw nothing as impossible and would not qualify his opinions to make it easier on our consciences. I remember a former Superintendent directing me to get Eric to shut up, and my saying, "How do I do that John?"
As a computer maven, Krause has pulled us kicking and screaming into the New Age. He has introduced new systems and a level of sophistication that is the envy of our counterparts in Halifax and at the University. We still don't understand all that he had done in that area but it is good.
Eric has agreed to remain associated with the Louisbourg Institute, though not on the Board. He has volunteered to spend some time upgrading data bases. But it is indeed an end of an era. We will miss his energy, his stubbornness, his commitment, his patience and his vision of Louisbourg.
He's been a valued friend and colleague and we wish him well.
l to r
[?], Helen O'Shea, Eric Krause, [?], Helen MacCoy, Dave Murphy, Waitress, Bill O'Shea, [?], Sandy Balcom
Becomes Research Associate - Louisbourg Insitute
Group Retirement Picture
L to R
Jerry Hanley, Rita Price. Tom Bates, Mary Bagnell,
Bernard Villeneuve, Eric Krause, Kaye MacLeod, Alex Storm, ?
Eric Krause, Bernard Villeneuve
Tutoring Services, Fortress of Louisbourg
2002 - 2006
Consultant to the Fortress of Louisbourg on Historical Structural Design (2002-2006)
Front Row: Heather Gillis -3rd from Left
Heather was an invaluable employee who worked under my direct supervision
List of retirees: Brent Baker Dot Blanchard Noella Chiasson Carole Deslauriers Robert Deveaux Heather Gillis John Hardy Harry Kennedy Eugene MacDonald Donald MacKenzie Francis MacKenzie Laurel Martell Nicole Molaison Mark Sajatovich Anna St. Pierre Iris Stevens Gaileen Webb
Hugh Boscawen, The Capture of Louisbourg, 1758,
(University of Oklahoma Press, Aug 15, 2013), Acknowledgements