MDI Historical Society magazine featuring work of UMaine faculty, alumni wins award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has announced that Chebacco, the annual magazine of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, is the recipient of a Leadership in History Award.

Now in its 74th year, the award is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history, according to an MDI Historical Society news release.

Many members of the University of Maine community were involved in the creation of the 2018 award-winning issue, “Beholding the Past.” The magazine’s three editors, copy editor, 10 members of the editorial review board, and six of its authors are UMaine graduate students, alumni or faculty.

“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.

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

More about UMaine’s involvement in the issue is online.