The work of M.A. MacDonald, a Saint John based Research Associate of the New Brunswick Museum, has been recognized with an honourary degree conferred by Saint Mary's University at spring convocation.
This Honourary Doctorate of Letters recognizes her
extensive work as an author, journalist, historical researcher and curator.MacDonald
has written three books and published numerous articles and papers based on her
has presented lectures and presentations, been involved with five exhibitions at the New Brunswick Museum
, and was recently featured in a television documentary.
MacDonald's work with the New Brunswick Museum
is primarily in the Humanities Division, where her
main focus was on Pre-Loyalist history and artifacts.Her
book " Fortune and La Tour: The Civil War of Acadia ", now in its second edition, brings to life the power struggles in the early days of Acadia . A recent documentary on Mme LaTour, The Lioness of Acadia, produced as part of a series on notable Canadian women, drew on this research and featured com ments by MacDonald
has most recently been compiling wartime letters documenting experiences of those who served in the North Shore Regiment during WWII.An article based on these letters was published in the journal Canadian Military History
. A current research focus is a forth com ing article in the Canadian Military History
, The Long Wait, Canadian Infantry Training in England , June 1942 - June 1944.MacDonald, originally from Hamilton , Ontario , earned a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University ('38), and went on to earn a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University (‘40).MacDonald started her career in journalism in Chicago while she attended Northwestern and continued when she moved to Saint John . Her love of research and journalism drew her to Chatelaine magazine, where she was asked to write historical articles.
The Saint Mary's convocation program notes that " ...
modestly com ments that "I was only doing what was absorbing and interesting to study, and I feel very fortunate that the Museum wanted someone to work along those lines." Publications by M.A. MacDonald: