Karen Stade is a researcher and writer of Nelson history, with more than 30 years of professional writing experience.
Her latest book, Daring to Be Different, The Nayland College Way 1966-2016, was launched in March 2016 for the school’s 50th Jubilee reunion.
In 2015, Pasta, Prayer and Promise, the story of Nelson’s Italian Community 1860-2014, which was co-researched and written with Karen Price, was launched in Nelson and Wellington.
Meet You At The Church Steps - a social history of a Nelson landmark, was published in October 2013 to mark the centennial of Nelson City’s iconic granite steps.
Karen’s other books include Appo Hocton, New Zealand's First Chinese Immigrant, Nelson 1842-1920, published by the Nelson Provincial Museum in 2010, and The School by the Sands, A Century of Tahunanui School (2008). She has researched and written family histories and was a contributing researcher and writer for the Top of the South Island history website, The Prow.
She has curated several Nelson Provincial Museum exhibitions, including ‘Kiwi Keith’, celebrating the life of former Prime Minister, Sir Keith Holyoake, and another telling Appo Hocton’s story.
Karen is content-curator of the Nelson Provincial Museum’s developing World War One centennial exhibition, which examines Nelson’s wartime experience, both at home and at the Front.
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