Abigail Massey at McAdam Station

Image of author Mark Walma promoting his short stories "Abigail Massey at McAdam Station"
Mark Walma has used history to preserve history in New Brunswick!

The year is 1941 and Canada is embroiled in WWII. Wanting to serve her country and support the soldiers in far away lands, Abigail finds work at the McAdam Railway Station and Hotel, Canada’s Gateway to the East.

Join Abigail and her friends as they experience the thrills and excitement of working in a place through which the world passes on a daily basis.

Based on the rich stories that have been passed down orally from one generation to the next, this 3-volume collection of short stories entitled Abigail Massey at McAdam Station recreates imaginatively a period of Canada’s history as it unfolded in the historic McAdam Railway Station and Hotel. The books were created not only to preserve the stories, but also to support the restoration of the McAdam Railway Station and Hotel.

Built in 1900/1901, the McAdam Station and Hotel is truly a piece of New Brunswick’s history. Unfortunately, but for the people of McAdam itself and a small number of supporters, it also seems to be a forgotten piece of New Brunswick history. The residents of McAdam have been working hard to maintain and eventually restore this classic building and are making amazing progress. Still, millions of dollars are needed to bring the Station back to its original splendour and preserve this important piece of Canadian history.

What:    “Let’s Talk About Writing, Publishing and Preserving New Brunswick’s History
Where:  Milham Room, Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick in Fredericton
When:   Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 12-2 pm

Come and enjoy a visit with Mark Walma, author of the Abigail Massey stories, who will discuss the challenge of using creative writing to help preserve history.

Find out more about the Abigail Massey at McAdam Station stories.

Find out more about McAdam Railway Station and see more photos of McAdam Station.

Image of McAdam Railway Station and Hotel in McAdam, New Brunswick

McAdam Railway Station and Hotel


University of New Brunswick