The Mount Desert Island Historical Society is implementing a plan for leadership succession and growth with the appointment of Raney Bench to the role of Executive Director and Tim Garrity, Executive Director since 2010, to a new position of Historian. Under the plan, the organization will expand its educational and community outreach programming and increase… Read More

Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s magazine, Chebaccowins 2019 AASLH Award of Excellence             NASHVILLE, TN—May 2019—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Mount Desert Island Historical Society is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for “Beholding the Past,” the 2018 issue of the society’s annual magazine, Chebacco. The… Read More

  On May 10th, the MDI Historical Society will team up with the Barn Arts Collective for “The Vintage Classroom: A Day in the Sound Schoolhouse, 1895.” This interactive performance introduces participants to the history of Mount Desert Island at the turn of the 20th century. Led by schoolteacher Mrs. Abbott (Maude March) and a host of dynamic… Read More

George Gilpin, the Church Historian for the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church, believes he has found the answer to a mystery carved into a granite ledge at the Seawall area of Acadia National Park. The inscription crudely carved into a rock facing the sea appears to say, “1895 – 1900 CHH” or perhaps “1895 – 1900… Read More

The boards of fifteen local non-profit organizations that participated in a study of local historical archives are considering if they will form a “History Trust” governing body to oversee the next phase of the project. The History Trust will work to catalog, protect, and digitize the region’s archives and engage the community, especially students, in… Read More

On April 5th from 4 – 6 pm, the MDI Historical Society will launch the nineteenth volume of its historical journal, Chebacco, at the Somesville Museum. The new issue, “Beholding the Past,” features articles on objects from throughout Mount Desert Island’s history and stunning full-color photographs by Jennifer Steen Booher. Contributing authors and the editorial board will be… Read More