Alan MacEachern

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PhD, Queen’s University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Office: Lawson Hall 2268

On sabbatical, and the L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar at the University of Prince Edward Island, in 2021-22.

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

Edward MacDonald and I have completed The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island, and it will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in winter 2022. I am currently writing a book based on the diary of Myrtle Webb, who raised a family in the PEI house that became known as Green Gables. In the longer term, I am studying phenology in turn-of-the-century Canada, 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 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

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Awards and Distinctions

  • Visiting Scholar, L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of PEI, Charlottetown, PEI, 2021-22.
  • 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.