UMaine faculty, alumni featured in MDI Historical Society publication

The most recent issue of Chebacco, the annual magazine of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, features the work of several University of Maine faculty members and alumni.

Titled “Beholding the Past,” the issue features the work of Joseph Miller, Ph.D. candidate in Canadian/American history and assistant professor of military science; Rachel Snell, adjunct instructor in history and honors, UMaine alumna and the Curator of Collections at the MDI Historical Society; Lois Berg Stack, professor emerita of sustainable agriculture and former ornamental horticulture specialist in the School of Food and Agriculture; Sean Cox, honors associate and UMaine alumnus; Timothy Garrity, executive director of the MDI Historical Society and a UMaine alumnus; and Catherine Schmitt, communications director of Maine Sea Grant at UMaine.

“Beholding the Past” is the 19th issue of the magazine, which was first published in 1998. It includes stories behind artifacts and landscapes from the Mount Desert area, with topics of the stories by UMaine faculty and alumni ranging from the influence of a cookbook compiled by the Mount Desert Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, to the historical journey of the dawn redwood.

Edited by Snell, Garrity and Erik Reardon, professor of university studies, the magazine also has been expanded from a six-inch-wide volume to a nine-inch-wide version, allowing more space for images that bring the stories to life.

The editorial review board for the magazine includes Schmitt; Micah Pawling, assistant professor of history and Native American studies; Jennie Woodard, adjunct instructor in history, honors and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; David Turpie, who earned his Ph.D. from UMaine in 2010; and Ph.D. candidates Justus Hillebrand, Elisa Sance and Emma Schroeder.

The MDI Historical Society regularly partners with UMaine’s Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center.