Acadian Exiles

in Pre-Revolutionary War Colonial Maryland

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10:30 am | In-Person at Rocktown History

With author and genealogy researcher Marie Rundquist

During her fast-paced, multimedia presentation, Marie Rundquist describes the little-known experience of Acadian exiles deported to Maryland in 1755, during the time of the French and Indian War, and demonstrates how research of historical data, genealogical records, and DNA analysis helped her uncover a family’s forgotten past and a once-hidden North American history.

Marie Rundquist is a published author of three books and numerous articles. She has presented her research in the DNA, genealogy, and historical realms to numerous audiences, including at Family Tree DNA Conferences; Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture; Acadian Memorial, Louisiana; German-Acadian Historical Society, Louisiana; Université Sainte-Anne at Church Point, Nova Scotia; and historical societies and public libraries.

As a result of Rundquist’s advocacy with the State of Maryland, a Maryland Historical Trust marker stands in Princess Anne, Maryland, in testimony to Acadians who were expelled from Nova Scotia by the British, and sent to Maryland in 1755. Marie Rundquist was among 55 authors of Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History (2014), edited by Warren Perrin, Phil Comeau, and Mary Perrin. This collective work that chronicles the past and present histories of Acadians worldwide was awarded the Prix France-Acadie 2015.

Rundquist is a University of Maryland College Park graduate and Woodstock, Virginia, resident.