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University of Maine Alliance to be Announced at MDI Historical Society Annual Meeting


New Media and History students to create new ways of looking at Mount Desert Island History

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society and the University of Maine will announce a new partnership at the Society’s public Annual Meeting, to be held on August 27, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor.

With funding from a $4,000 grant by the University of Maine Humanities Center (UMHC), the organizations will create a collaborative internship to engage students from the fields of History, New Media, and other disciplines, using the expertise and resources of the University of Maine and the Mount Desert Island Historical Society.

The outcomes of the project will depend on the creativity and interests of students and faculty, and could range from a re-design of the Society’s website, to the development of guided historical tours for handheld computer applications, to innovative ways to explore and present historical research projects. UHMC Director Justin Wolff said, “This is precisely the sort of project the Public Humanities Grant program aims to support. We are especially excited about the opportunities for student engagement with Mount Desert Island Historical Society resources and the community.”

University of Maine Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeffrey E. Hecker will introduce the keynote speaker for the evening, Professor Stephen J. Hornsby, Director of the Canadian-American Center and Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies. Professor Hornsby will provide a preview of the forthcoming Historical Atlas of Maine, a work he describes as “an ambitious attempt to present in cartographic form the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to the recent millennium.”

Admission to the event is free. Refreshments will be served. 

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society keeps, discovers, and celebrates the history of Mount Desert Island. For more information, call Tim Garrity at 276-9323, email, or visit the society’s website at