MCS Library Scholarship Awarded to Fitzpatrick

The Margaret Chase Smith Library Scholarship for 2017-18 has been awarded to UMaine senior Delaney Fitzpatrick. Delaney is majoring in History with a minor in Anthropology and Professional Writing. She is writing her history capstone project on Margaret Chase Smith and will be visiting the MCS Library in Skowhegan for research of primary sources including Senator Smith’s personal and public papers that are available there. In examining Sen. Smith’s papers, Delaney plans to examine how Senator Smith challenged the tactics of her Senate colleague, Joseph McCarthy, while still firmly opposing the Soviet Union and Communist party activities in the United States.

Delaney says she chose Margaret Chase Smith’s political life as her topic because, “She was an inspirational political figure, an inspirational Maine figure and an inspirational woman. She is an honor to study.” Delaney is working with her advisor, Dr. Nathan Godfried, in the Department of History. She expects to finish her research by December, 2017.

This scholarship is funded by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and supports up to two UMaine students to engage in research using the archival or museum collections of the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.