MOUNT DESERT — Daniel S. Soucier has been awarded the Eliot Fellowship for 2018 by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society.
The purpose of the Eliot Fellowship is to continue work in the spirit of the Champlain Society. Soucier will research and write articles for the 2020 issue of the society’s annual magazine, “Chebacco,” an issue that will focus on Mount Desert Island in the time before statehood in 1820.
Soucier will graduate with his doctorate in American history from the University of Maine this spring. His research explores the interplay between warfare, the environment and conceptions of national and personal identity from the early colonization of New England through the War of 1812. His exploration of the ways in which soldiers viewed the Maine wilderness during the American Revolution has been featured in the publication “Maine History” as well as the “Journal of Military History.”
“I am eager to partner with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society to explore the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century history of coastal Maine and the rich intersections between human society and the natural environment,” said Soucier. “This focus inspired Charles Eliot and the members of the Champlain Society nearly 140 years ago, and I look forward to continuing this legacy.”
The fellowship is made possible through the support of descendants of Charles and Samuel Eliot, who were young scholars and members of the Champlain Society. This group of undergraduates devoted their summer camping expeditions in the 1880s to the study of the human and natural history of the region.
In addition to being selected as the Eliot Fellow, Soucier has received generous support for his work from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the David Library of the American Revolution, the American Society for Environmental History and the National Science Foundation.
The Mount Desert Island Historical Society fosters meaningful engagement with the histories of Mount Desert Island. Visit www.mdihistory.org.