The Mount Desert Island Historical Society keeps, discovers, and celebrates the history of Mount Desert Island. Our vision is to keep history at the Sound School House History Center, invite visitors to discover history at the Somesville Museums and Gardens, and celebrate history through adventurous and collaborative outreach activities. The Sound School House History Center is open year-round M-F from 10 to 4. The Somesville Museums and Gardens are open every day during the summer and on weekends in the shoulder seasons from 10 to 4. You can see our schedule of events at our website, www.mdihistory.org, and keep up with the latest on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mdihistory.
The Mount Desert Island Historical Society will celebrate the centennial of Acadia National Park throughout 2016. We will examine the history of Acadia National Park through the lens of borderlands history — looking at the times and places where historical domains overlapped. A borderlands history will examine subjects like the period between 1613 and 1761, when Wabanaki, French, and English people contested for control of Down East Maine; like the early 20th century, when the wealthy, their mostly-immigrant servants, and the local population redefined the island’s culture; and like the natural histories of northern and southern species of plants and animals, whose habitats have overlapped on Mound Desert Island.
There are three key areas where the borderlands theme will be expressed: 1) In Chebacco, the society’s annual magazine of island history, to be released in April 2016. Scholarly articles will explore many aspects of the borderlands theme. 2) In the summer of 2016, our exhibit space at the Somesville Museum will explore “The Acadian Borderland.” 3) Finally, our 2016 program calendar will explore many facets of the centennial theme, including a presentation on the history of science on Mount Desert Island.