In partnership with the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature

Welcome and Introduction

The Great Harbor and mountains of Mount Desert Island. Photo by W.H. Ballard, circa 1940.

The history of Mount Desert Island, as seen through the lens of the Maine Memory Network, has been a work in progress since 2006, when a first group of high school students, historical organizations, and individuals undertook a pilot project to create an online version of Mount Desert Island's history. You can visit the pilot project here.

In 2012 and 2013, this project was revived by new participants, who created historical interpretations of topics based on material that is now presented on Maine Memory Network for the first time.

Our hope is that this project will continue, that new material will be added in the future, and that we never stop discovering the history of Mount Desert Island.

Thanks to our contributing individuals and organizations: Brook Minner, Parker Brown, and Hannah Stevens (Northeast Harbor Library); Jodi Baker and Taylor Thomas-Marsh (College of the Atlantic); Betsy Hewlett, Sam McGee, Deb DeForest, Bill Horner, Vince Messer, and Tim Garrity (Mount Desert Island Historical Society); Julia Clark (Abbe Museum); Charles Stanhope and Larissa Vigue Picard (Maine Historical Society); Melanie Strout, Beth Blugerman, and Ian Braun (Mount Desert Island High School); Rebecca Cole-Will, Robyn King, and Maureen Fournier (Acadia National Park); Sydney Roberts Rockefeller (Great Harbor Maritime Museum); Catherine Schmidt (Maine Sea Grant); and many others.