UMFK welcomes new Acadian Archives director
FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Patrick Lacroix as the director of the Acadian Archives acadiennes. Dr. Lacroix began his new role on Oct. 4.
“We are so pleased to have Dr. Lacroix join us,” said UMFK President Dr. Deb Hedeen. “A former Fulbright scholar, he has an extensive background of research and education on Acadian history throughout the Maritimes.”
Dr. Lacroix earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in history at institutions throughout Canada and New England. He has published several pieces in publications such as the Canadian Journal of History, the Catholic Historical Review, and the Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française. Earlier this year, he published a book titled, “John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Faith” (University Press of Kansas, 2021). His second book, “Tout nous serait possible”: Une histoire politique des Franco-Américains, 1874-1945 (Presses de l’Université Laval), is set to appear this fall.
He worked as a reporter and a library assistant in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He then moved on to teach American, Canadian, and Acadian history at the University of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy, and liberal arts colleges in Canada. Deeply committed to research and education, Dr. Lacroix has spent most of the last decade in the classroom. In the last year, he managed Pearson test centers in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“I am particularly inspired by Lise Pelletier with regard to not only the Archives but broader involvement in the Acadian communities of Maine and Canada,” said Dr. Lacroix. “I also relish opportunities to conduct primary-source research on Acadian and French-Canadian communities in minority settings.”
Fully bilingual, Dr. Lacroix has lived and worked throughout New England, Quebec, and the Maritimes. His background in research and education provides a quick transition to UMFK. He is anxious to meet supporters and patrons of the Archives so he can get a feel for the needs of the Acadian community. He will host a meet and greet at the Archives on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The Acadian Archives is a truly unique place,” said Dr. Lacroix. “Though there are other institutions in New England that study Acadian culture and history, none have the resources that we have.”
For more information about the Acadian Archive or UMFK, please go to www.umfk.edu/archives/ or call 207-834-7500.