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Mission Statement

 

Strategic Plan – 2016

We envision an island-wide community working
together to promote appreciation of the histories of
Mount Desert Island.

Our mission is to foster meaningful engagement with
the histories of Mount Desert Island.

We value:
• Research and education in history
• Connection with the larger world of scholars
• Free access to opportunities for historical engagement
• Collaboration among institutions and individuals
• Shared resources to achieve common goals
• Respect for the dignity of cultures and traditions
• Creative approaches to historical engagement

 

 

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Board of Directors

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William Horner, President Bar Harbor
Raney Bench, Vice President Southwest Harbor
P. Hamilton Clark, Treasurer Northeast Harbor
Rick Wheeler, Secretary Bryn Mawr and Somesville
Ralph W. Stanley President Emeritus, Southwest Harbor
Marion Stanley Honorary Member, Southwest Harbor
Alan Baldwin Northeast Harbor
Dru Colbert Seal Harbor
Susan Edson Bass Harbor
Carroll Fernald Mount Desert
Maureen Fournier Mount Desert
Elise Frank Bar Harbor
Matt Horton Bar Harbor
Sandy McFarland Bar Harbor
Virginia Mellen Southwest Harbor
Diana Paine Seal Harbor
Michael Pancoe Mount Desert
Sid Salvatore Southwest Harbor
Geneva Thorndike Westwood, MA and Bar Harbor
Gerry Vasisko Bar Harbor
Anne Walmsley Northeast Harbor
John Wilson Sausalito and Northeast Harbor
Jonathan Winthrop Boston and Mount Desert
Tim Garrity, Executive Director Mount Desert
Erin Early Ward, Administrative Coordinator & Historic Preservationist Bar Harbor
Brendan O'Keefe, Outreach Coordinator & Designer Seal Cove
Marielle Edgecomb, Museum Guide Mount Desert


 

Staff

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Tim Marathon start Tim Garrity

Executive Director

Tim spent twenty-five years as a healthcare executive, and then decided he’d rather be a historian. In 2009 he enrolled in the University of Maine’s graduate program in History and worked as an interpretive ranger at Acadia National Park before landing his dream job as Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Tim was awarded a Master of Arts degree in History in May 2014. Tim and his wife Lynn Boulger live in Somesville, and never cease to marvel at their good fortune to find each other, and the beauty of life on Mount Desert Island.

email: tim.garrity@mdihistory.org


Erin headshotErin Early Ward

Administrative Coordinator and Historic Preservationist

Erin has lived on Mount Desert Island since 1996, first as a summer resident and now year-round. She lives with her three children and two large dogs in a wonderful restored 1906 cottage in downtown Bar Harbor. In addition to co-owning Fabricate, she is a member of the Design Review Board, Warrant committee, and other committees of Bar Harbor. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Arts and Design.

email: erin.earlyward@mdihistory.org


Brendan OKeefeBrendan O’Keefe

Outreach Coordinator & Designer

Brendan grew up in a cabin in the Maine woods. He and his brother spent summer days on the lobster boat with their father and weekends paddling streams or running the trails of Mount Desert Island. They dreamed they were of another age. Brendan drew from his childhood to begin a series of novels set on the Maine Islands in the 1790s. He has a love of nature and a passion for the stories of our past. Brendan graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in Ecology. He ran track throughout school and went on to compete in the 2008 Olympic Trials. He has found a place for his many passions with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society and has found a home on Mount Desert Island where he is using historic techniques to create a village of tiny homes.

email: brendan@mdihistory.org

 


Marielle Edgecomb

 

Museum Guide


Hannah Edgecomb

 

Museum Guide


Erik Reardon

New Champlain Fellow

Erik Reardon recently received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine where he studied grassroots conservation initiatives during the nineteenth century. His interest in rivers and fly-fishing inspired him to explore New England’s historical commitments to inland fish conservation. He currently lives on the banks of the Penobscot River in Orono.
As the first New Champlain Society Fellow, Erik will assist in the creation of oral histories and the production of a short film to highlight the history of fishing Mount Desert Island’s watersheds. Erik will also begin to recruit and support writers for the 2018 issue of Chebacco. The issue will tell the stories of items in the collections of island historical societies. Erik will serve as co-editor and advisor to writers on the craft of writing history.


Committees

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Board
Meets every quarter on the 3rd Wednesday at 5 pm Bill Horner President
Raney Bench Vice President
P. Hamilton Clark Treasurer
Rick Wheeler Secretary
Ralph Stanley Pres. Emeritus
Marion Stanley Honorary Member
Alan Baldwin
Dru Colbert
Susan Edson
Carroll Fernald
Maureen Fournier
Elise Frank
Matt Horton
Sandy McFarland
Virginia Mellen
Diana Paine
Michael Pancoe
Sid Salvatore
Genie Thorndike
Gerry Vasisko
Anne Walmsley
John Wilson
Jonathan Winthrop
Collections
Meets as needed Ann Benson
Rosamond Rea
Gerry Vasisko
Betsy Hewlett
Maureen Fournier
Diana Paine
Tim Garrity
Erin Early Ward
Collections Brown Bag
Ann Benson
Betsy Hewlett
Maureen Fournier
Carol Nelson
Carolyn Ball
Roz Rea
Editorial Team
Meets as needed Tim Garrity Managing Editor
Mark Messer Editor
Rebecca Woods Designer
Brendan O’Keefe Rebecca Woods Cover Design
Erin Early Ward Production Manager
Roc Caivano
Willie Granston
Joseph Miller
Erik Reardon
Catherine Schmitt
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
Rachel Snell
Hannah Stevens
Genie Thorndike
Executive
2nd Wednesday of the month at 4 pm Bill Horner President
Raney Bench Vice President
P. Hamilton Clark Treasurer
Rick Wheeler Secretary
Gerry Vasisko At Large
Susan Edson At Large
 Tim Garrity Executive Director
Erin Early Ward Staff
Brendan O’Keefe Staff
Exhibits
1st Thursday of the month at 4 pm Virginia Mellen Project Leader
Dru Colbert
Raney Bench
Susan Edson
Maureen Fournier
Tim Garrity  Executive Director
Brendan O’Keefe  Staff
Finance
1st Wednesday of the month at 9 am P. Hamilton Clark Chair
Bill Horner
Raney Bench
Matt Horton
Tim Garrity  Executive Director
Erin Early Ward  Staff
Development
1st Wednesday of the  month at 9 am Alan Baldwin Chair
Bill Horner
Anne Walmsley
Matt Horton
Rick Wheeler
P. Hamilton Clark
Tim Garrity  Executive Director
Brendan O’Keefe  Staff
Erin Early Ward  Staff
Program
Meets as necessary Susan Edson Chair
Sandy McFarland
Ralph Stanley
Sid Salvatore
Carroll Fernald
 Elise Frank
Tim Garrity  Executive Director
Brendan O’Keefe  Staff

Board Documentation

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Board Classes_2017

Board Policies, Approved 2006_02_13

2015 By-laws

Conflict of Interest Policy and Statement

Expectations of Board Members

2015 990 Tax Report