In creating The History Trust, we took lessons from the founders of the land conservation movement. Particularly, those who protected the exquisite qualities of Mount Desert Island.
Iconic structures that represent our members range from a one-room schoolhouse to a former country store, a summer cottage, a repurposed fire station, and an iconic village clock.
I clicked on historytrust.org. One email to the Trust collective worked far better than I expected—in fact, better than I could’ve hoped for.
I heard many accepted origin stories about the forces that brought Acadia National Park into being. Unfortunately, the evidence proved to be incomplete and conflicted.
Newcomers to our area and long-time residents alike often start by asking real estate agents for information.
Gouldsboro is anxious to start adding historical records to the History Trust digital archive and to collaborate with other community organizations.
I thought I was working on a quick task—that was my first mistake. Historical research takes time, and it’s never as easy as typing a word into a search box and clicking 'Enter.'
It is not often that we have the opportunity to help create a new organization. One based on really old collections, mindsets, and behaviors itching to change—and ready to change.
Ruth Moore—author, poet, great story teller, and Tremont native—was well known in the national literary world of the mid-20th century.
Jesup Memorial Library holds history—not just in books on the shelves but also in an historical archive.
A simple sharing of my interest in The History Trust generated very unexpected connections from far away.
Perhaps you saw the October “Mount Desert Islander” article about the Maine Seacoast Mission’s 75-foot Sunbeam returning to its Northeast Harbor home.
We presented stories based on objects from the collections of History Trust members, and other organizations.
Historic railroad ties—both mechanical and human—bind MDI’s Cadillac Mountain to the northeast’s tallest peak, Mt. Washington.
A loving community donated their services and support to display a bell that had hung in the Manset Meetinghouse bellfry for 155 years.
Pets show up in the most unusual places
They both have stories that are part of Gouldsboro's "Archive Without Walls."
A 35-minute video introduces formation of The History Trust and use of digital archive collections for research.
Remembering Winter, 1920–2020
We—our member institutions—collaborate to safeguard historical collections of coastal Maine’s Acadia region and to share them with the general public, students, community historians, and academic researchers.