Calendar of Events 2015
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Our 4th Annual Bean Supper

January 26, 2015

6 pm to 8 pm
Mount Desert Island High School

2015 Mount Desert Island Marathon

Newsletter Winter 2015

Date Day  Time  Event 
January 1 Thursday New Year's Day - Office closed
January 7   Wednesday 2 pm  Executive/ Finance Committee 
January 8 Thursday  4 pm  Exhibits Committee 
 January 14 Wednesday  9 am  Development Committee 
 January 14  Wednesday  4 pm  Program Committee 
January 16 Friday  2 pm   Preservation Work Group
January 19   Monday Martin Luther King Day - Closed
January 20   Tuesday 3:30 pm  Collection Committee 
January 21 Wednesday   12 pm Cataloger's Brown Bag Lunch 
January 21  Wednesday  5 pm Board Meeting 
 January 26 Monday  6 to 8 pm Annual Bean Supper - MDI High School 
February 4  Wednesday 9 am  Development Committee 
February 5  Thursday  4 pm  Exhibits Committee 
February 11  Wednesday  4 pm  Executive/Finance Committee 
February 16 Monday President's Day - Office Closed 
February 17 Tuesday 4 pm Schoolhouse Exhibit Opening Reception (tentative) 
 February 18 Wednesday  12 pm  Cataloger's Brown Bag Lunch 
March 11 Wednesday 4 pm Executive/Finance Committee
March 12 Thursday 4 pm Exhibits Committee
March 18 Wednesday 12 pm Cataloger's Brown Bag Lunch
March 20 Friday 12 pm Historian's Forum, topic (TBA)

April 1 Wednesday 9 am Development Committee
April 2 Thursday 4 pm Exhibit Committee
April 8 Wednesday
April 2

 Past Events and Programs:


Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Annual Baked Bean Supper, at MDI High School.  Tickets sold only at the door – $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. After supper, Kevin Johnson of the Penobscot Marine Museum will present "Through Eastern's Eye," a selection of slides from the Eastern Illustrating collection of postcards. Stay tuned for more information!

Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Historian's Forum with Jeff Dobbs. Jeff will discuss his work in progress, "Acadia's Forebears," a film celebrating the centennial of Acadia National Park at the Sound School House. Bring a bag lunch and carpool if you can. 


Wednesday, January 23, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Baked Bean Supper, at MDI High School. Dine to the music of "Little Moose."  After dinner we will be showing the 1936 film "The Bar Harbor Movie Queen."  Tickets sold only at the door – $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

Thursday, February 28, 6:00 pm, Free History!, featuring Robert Pyle who will be speaking about the arms of choice that men from Mount Desert Island carried during the Civil War.  The Old School House and Museum, Sound Drive.

Friday, March 15, 12:00 noon, Historians' Forum with Bill Horner, M.D.  In his presentation titled "From Horses to Horsepower:  Mount Desert Island's Ten-Year War for the Automobile," Bill will talk about one of MDI's most famous controversies: the admission of the automobile to the island's picturesque roads.  Admission is free. Bring a bag lunch

Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 pm, Women's History:  "The Old Gods Come to Somesville, Maine" presented by the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the MDI Historical Society.  Carl Little will introduce the work and provide background on the author.   Amanda Crafts will give a dramatic reading of the poem in the style of the popular radio program, "Selected Shorts."  Program will take place in the Holmes Room, Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.  For more information call the library at 244-7065.

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm, Free History! presentation by Rachel Snell, Ph.D Candidate in history at the University of Maine.  Rachel's talk is called "Adapted to this Country:  Cookbooks and the Creation of Identity in Canada and the United States, 1812-1860."  Cookbooks, printed and manuscript, offer a unique window into women's lives. More than collections of recipes, these texts record how women defined themselves and their families as distinctly American or Canadian through recipes and ingredients. The manuscript cookbook functions as a scrapbook preserving the details of women's lives. The cookbooks women crafted for themselves or the addendums they added to printed cookbooks record women's experiences in their own words. While seemingly entrenched within the domestic sphere, cookbooks divulge the intimate connections between private and public, home and community, family and society.

This presentation examines Canadian and American cookbooks from 1812-1860 to reveal the process of adapting recipes to communities: both in the sense of ingredients and climate and also in terms of social ideology.  The demonstrated connections between women's domestic work and their identity make unsurprising the revelation that women's sense of national identity developed in the kitchen. 

Admission is free for all.

Thursday, May 30, 5:00 pm, Somesville Museum Shaped by Water Exhibit Grand OpeningAt the newly renovated Selectmen's Building see our new exhibit Somesville's Golden Age, curated by COA graduate Kate Ross.

Friday, June 21, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Opening Reception for Summer Exhibit: Shifting Gears:  How the Automobile Transformed Mount Desert Island, The Old School House and Museum.

June 21 - September 27, Summer Exhibit: Shifting Gears:  How the Automobile Transformed Mount Desert Island, Personal narratives, photos, maps and more to show how the coming of the auto transformed life on Mount Desert Island.  The Old School House & Museum.

Tuesday, July 2, 9:00 am, "Coffee and Conversation" event This is a joint event with the Historical Society and the College of the Atlantic featuring Dr. John Gillis.  John Gillis is Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers University, now dividing his time between Berkeley, California and Great Gott Island, Maine.   He has written several books on British and American social history, but has recently turned his attention to cultural geography, publishing Islands of the Mind in 2004. His new book, The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History, is a global environmental history of shores and the people who have inhabited them from prehistory to the present. Meet at the Deering Common Campus Center.

Tuesday, July 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Annual Strawberry Festival. A summer tradition!  Come to our annual event featuring lemonade, iced tea, and strawberry shortcake!  We only use delicious local strawberries and NEVER skimp on the fresh whipped cream.

July 10 - 21, Chebacco Days A twelve-day celebration with programs and events is planned around a visit from the Lewis H. Story, a replica Chebacco boat like the one that brought Abraham Somes and his family to Somesville in 1761. 

Thursday, August 15, Swan's Island Tour, in partnership with the Swan's Island Lighthouse Committee.  Ferry, lunch, and guided tour by John Bryan provided for $100.  Seating is limited to 40.  Call 207-276-9323 or email for reservations.

Thursday, August 22, 2013, Presentation with Richard Rubin, author of “The Last of the Doughboys:  The Forgotten Generation and their Forgotten World War” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.  5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28, Annual Meeting, featuring Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum who will be presenting "Greetings from MDI: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection."  Breakwater Estate, 45 Hancock St, Bar Harbor, 5 - 7 p.m.

Friday, November 15, 12 noon, Historians' Forum: In collaboration with the George Edwin Kirk Post 25 of the American Legion. 
Post President Paul Durost will provide the history of the Post and a description of the rich trove of historical artifacts and documents held by the Legion. The historical material, some dating from the Civil War, consists of member records and souvenirs that were donated to the Post by men from Mount Desert Island who served in the armed forces. The collection includes captured flags, armaments, photographs, and documents - some of which have rarely been seen in public.

Attendees will be asked to participate in a discussion of the significance of these recently-surfaced materials, how they may be preserved, cataloged and accessed by researchers, and how they may be incorporated into the documented history of Mount Desert Island.  Admission is free for all.  You are invited to bring a bag lunch.  Address:  70 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Saturday, November 23, 10 - 11:30 am, Mount Desert Island Historical Society in collaboration with the Bar Harbor Historical Society and College of the Atlantic to present “Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”

Nat Fenton will moderate brief interviews with Island residents about their memories of the Kennedy assassination fifty years ago and present a film of President Lyndon B. Johnson's speech to a Joint Session of Congress on November 27, 1963.  Explore why TIME magazine calls the assassination of John F. Kennedy “The Moment That Changed America” with those living during that time, and how President Lyndon B. Johnson was able to reassure the nation after its nightmare experience on November 22, 1963. A permanent video record of the interviews with local residents will be distributed to area archives.

The event will be held at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, College of the Atlantic.

Thursday, December 12, 4:30 pm, Holiday Sing-a-long, Old School House and Museum