87th Annual Meeting - July 26th

MDI Historical Society to hold 87th Annual Meeting

The meeting will highlight the work of young historians, artists, and filmmakers


Mount Desert, Maine – July 14, 2017


The Mount Desert Island Historical Society will hold its 87th annual meeting at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on July 26, 2017. Doors will open at 5 pm for refreshments and mingling, then the meeting will begin at 5:30 pm. In accord with the tradition dating from the society’s founding in 1931, the meeting will present reports on the state of the society, along with the election of new board members and officers. In a departure from tradition, the meeting will celebrate the youthful vitality of artists, scholars, and filmmakers who have examined the histories of Mount Desert Island from new perspectives.

Filmmaker Peter Logue will present the 7-minute film, “A Challenge to Act: A History of Fishing and Conservation on Mount Desert Island,” with a script written by the New Champlain Society Fellow Erik Reardon, Ph.D.

“Somesville: A Sense of Place,” directed by Brendan O’Keefe with Eloise Schultz, is a 15-minute film that combines oral histories of four generations of Somesville residents with exquisite images of the village and its environs.

The meeting will also feature a review of the past year and provide an update on the History Trust, the collaborative effort of island historical organizations to preserve, catalog, digitize and engage the community in the collections of island history. The meeting will conclude with a presentation of the Ann Benson Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.