Alan MacEachern

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PhD, Queen’s University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Office: Lawson Hall 2268
Office hours: Tuesdays, 9:00- 11:00 am

L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar at the University of Prince Edward Island, 2021-23.

Twitter: @alanmaceachern

Research Interests

Professor MacEachern teaches & researches Canadian history, with an emphasis on environmental & climate history. 

Teaching Philosophy

A healthy society spends most of its energies trained on the present & the future. But a healthy society also devotes some of its energies to remembering & understanding the past. The historian's job is to tell or remind people today about the lives of others in the past. That's it. Doing so goes a small way to fulfilling the obligation that people of the past are not forgotten. And it holds a promise & a threat to people of today, that they won't be forgotten either.  

I am available at the coordinates above, and welcome hearing from you.

Major Research Projects

I am completing a book on “The Webbs of Green Gables,” about the PEI farm family that lived for the first half of the 20th century in what was in the process of becoming the most famous house in Canada: the one said to have inspired Anne of Green Gables. I am also in the early stages of writing a book on the history of the Meteorological Service of Canada’s weather observation program, using the Environment Canada & Climate Change meteorological history collection at Western.

I was the founding director of NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment, and am the editor of the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press.

Selected Publications


Image of Book Cover "The Summer Trade"

(with Edward MacDonald)  The Summer Trade, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022




Image of Book Cover "The Miramichi Fire. A History"

The Miramichi Fire: A History, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020.

 Image of Book Cover "Origins"

(with Robert Wardhaugh) Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 8th ed., Nelson, 2017.

Destinies book cover

(with Robert WardhaughDestinies: Canadian History since Confederation, 8th ed. Nelson, 2017.

Method & Meaning Book Cover

(with William J TurkelMethod and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History. Nelson, 2009. Includes "An Introduction, in Theory and Practice" and "Lost in Shipping: Canadian National Parks and the International Donation of Wildlife."

Environmental Fable Book Cover

The Institute of Man and Resources: An Environmental Fable. Island Studies Press, 2003.

Natural Selections Book Cover

Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935-1970McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.

Recent Chapters & Journal Articles

Recent Public & Digital History Projects

Conference Organization

Awards and Distinctions

  • Visiting Scholar, L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of PEI, Charlottetown, PEI, 2021-23.
  • Visiting Professor, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 2017.
  • Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, 2016.
  • SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Clusters grant, principal investigator, 2007-15.