March 30, 2022

MaudCast S02E05 Alan MacEachern, L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar

MaudCast S02E05 Alan MacEachern, L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar 

Show Notes:

In this episode, historian Alan MacEachern joins Brenton Dickieson to talk about Alan’s work as a historian of place and as the 2022-23 L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar. Dr. Alan MacEachern is a Canadian history professor at the University of Western Ontario. He has recently published a book on the Miramichi fire, and an upcoming book with UPEI’s Dr. Ed MacDonald, The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island, will be out any day now. As they are both “Island boys,” Brenton and Alan discuss this unique place to visit and call home, Prince Edward Island, and how Montgomery’s life and works help people from around the world become intrigued with PEI. They talk about the upcoming Montgomery Institute Conference in June 2022, with the theme of “L.M. Montgomery and Re-Vision.” Alan also shares about his current research project on the diary of Myrtle Webb, bringing to life the family that lived at the home that inspired the “Green Gables” in Montgomery’s iconic Anne books. 

Podcast Description:

The MaudCast is the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover cutting-edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world. Hosted by Dr. Brenton Dickieson, we broadcast from the beautiful campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The MaudCast Team

Host and Founding Producer: Brenton Dickieson

Founding Co-Producer: Kate Scarth

Technical Director: Kristy McKinney

Researcher: Keziah Stoltz

Researcher: Abbey McRoberts

Researcher: Alyssa Gillespie

Visual Design: Heidi Haering

Web Coordinator: Melanie J. Fishbane

MaudCast Media Contacts:

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Closing Quotation:

The extract from Myrtle Webb’s diary will be part of Dr. MacEachern’s future book, tentatively titled Myrtle Webb of Green Gables. You can see his upcoming keynote talk at the L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision conference this summer, information here: 

Research and Book References from the Show:

MacEachern, Alan and MacDonald, Edward. The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Publication Date: April 15th, 2022

MacEachern, Alan. The Miramichi Fire: A history. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020 

MacEachern, Alan. Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935–1970. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001.


The MaudCast is a global podcast in a digital age but operates in a particular time and place. Thus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land upon which we broadcast is the traditional and ongoing unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Special thanks to the Robertson Library at UPEI and all of our community partners.

Susato’s “Selection from The Danserye: III. Les Quatre Branle” performed by the UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Karem J Simon, available for purchase here:

The MaudCast is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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