Northeast & Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum

J.N. Bellin, Carte du Golphe de St-Laurent et Pays Voisins (1760, Wikimedia Commons)

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The presence of your company is requested at the 5th annual Northeast & Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum, to be held August 12-13, 2016 in Halifax.

Graciously hosted by the Gorsebrook Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies, Saint Mary’s University, it will include scintillating discussion, a trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site Grand Pré, and ice cream.

Presenters submit their works in progress by 1 August 2016. These will be uploaded to the NACEHF website for us to read before the meeting. Each presenter will have 10-15 minutes to introduce and contextualize their work, and then the floor is opened to group discussion for about 30 minutes. This year’s meeting is particularly focused on the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, as we hope to publish a collection of essays on the environmental history of the Gulf.

Tentative Schedule

Location: Sobey Building, 415, Saint Mary’s University

Friday, 12 August

8:45-9:00 am   Introductions

9:00 am           Jack Bouchard, University of Pittsburgh

The Problem of Scurvy in the 16th Century Newfoundland Fishery

9:45 am           Daniel Soucier, University of Maine

War upon the French, the Fishermen, and the Fishery: Razing Crops, Cattle, and Built Environment during the Gulf of St. Lawrence Campaign, 1758

10:30               Break

10:45               Brian Payne, Bridgewater State University

The Fish Trade of Prince Edward Island and Resource Diplomacy in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

11:30               Matt McKenzie, University of Connecticut

Outsourcing Resource Exploitation: The Triumph of Atlantic Canada’s Nineteenth Century Fisheries, 1866-1916

12:15-2:15       Lunch

2:15                 Claire Campbell, Bucknell University

“A window looking seaward”: Finding environmental history in the writing of L.M. Montgomery

3:00                 Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut

“The Great Reservoir”: Frederick P. Stearns and the Boston Metropolitan Water Supply, 1885-1905

3:45                 Will Knight, Canadian Science & Technology Museum

Exploring northeastern fish introductions using GIS

4:00               Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, Nippising University

The Empire, Trees, Climate Project

Saturday, 13 August

8:45                 Michael Stamm, Michigan State University

The Statue and the Dam: The Chicago Tribune and the Corporate Transformation of the North Shore Landscape

9:30                 Kris Archibald, Concordia University

Health and the Workplace Environment: New Attitudes Towards Pollution Within Sydney’s Steelworker Community, 1967-1990

10:15               Discussion of Gulf of the St. Lawrence edited collection

Edward MacDonald, UPEI & Brian Payne, BSU

11:00                Depart for Grand Pré (tentative schedule):

arrive Wolfville 12:00 pm

Grand Pré National Historic Site 2:00-4:00 pm

Lookoff, etc.   4:00-4:30 pm

Return to Halifax 5:30 pm

Travel Information

Halifax International Airport ( has flights to most major Canadian cities as well as New York/Newark, Philadelphia, and Boston. It is also accessible by train (, and if you drive, you are greeted by a lighthouse situated rather incongruously on the Tantramar marshland.

August should be lovely, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 20s (but then again, they’re referring to “Junuary” this year, so please bring a warm sweater & umbrella).

You can learn more about accommodation and the city – which is a wonderful combination of historic, beautiful, green, and walkable – through and . Most of the hotels will be about a 15-20 minute walk away. You may also want to consider accommodation at one of the universities, all of which are about a 15 minute walk from downtown:

Most importantly, please feel free to contact me with any questions: or 570-577-1364.

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Professor of History at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where I revel in Canadiana and environmental history. Also a lover of exploring, maps, Jane of Lantern Hill, and Scandinavia.

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