MOUNT DESERT ISLAND – The Mount Desert Island Historical Society invites the public to the Sound School House (373 Sound Drive, Mount Desert) to celebrate the fruits of a long winter’s labor on April 20th, 2015 from 4pm-6pm. Join the Society for the opening of a new permanent exhibit, which presents a history of Mount Desert Island’s schools and the village of Sound.
The Society will also launch a new website, unveil a digital map of the island, and celebrate the arrival of this year’s Chebacco magazine. Attendees will be the first to hear about the Society’s “Big Summer Adventure,” which will take place this August in collaboration with the Bar Harbor Historical Society and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company.
Funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, University of Maine seniors Bethany Warnock and Sean Cox collaborated to create an interactive digital map of the Fire of 1947. The project links geographical locations with photographs, oral histories, and other records of the disaster. For her senior capstone project, Warnock has also developed a revised website for the Society that features a searchable catalog, improved web cam, better navigability, and an improved online store. Volume XVI of Chebacco bears the theme “Waves of Change,” and presents an exploration of the evolving landscape and seascape of Mount Desert Island. Article topics include a history of the cod fishery, the elm trees of Mount Desert Island, botanical evidence of global warming, and more.
The Society welcomes the community to enjoy refreshments and celebrate the many “waves of change” a winter’s work has produced. Free and open to the public. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. The Mount Desert Island Historical Society keeps, discovers, and celebrates the history of Mount Desert Island. For more information, email Virginia Mellen at [email protected] or call 276-9323.